Paradise Theatre

919 Granville Street,
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L3

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Towne Cinema 1981

Originally opened as the Studio Theatre, it was renamed Paradise Theatre in March 1989. Operating as a second-run movie theatre, it was closed in around February 2000.

It was converted into a nightclub named ‘Tonic’, by 2013 it had become a bar named Joe’s Apartment. In 2015 it was operating as a nightclub named ‘Studio’.

Contributed by Ken Moffatt

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hermangotlieb on September 25, 2011 at 6:43 am

I still remember going to this theatre on its opening night. They rented a pair of powerful spotlights which waved back and forth in the air.

The opening films were The Naked Gun and Twins.

The theatre was the best deal in town. They ran three movies and charged $2.50 which allowed you to see all three movies plus you could see two of the movies a second time if you wanted.

seanjung on July 26, 2012 at 9:05 am

Was also once a porn theatre called Eve. Reverted to mainstream movies as Lyric and later Towne before becoming the Princess. One notable event was that as the Lyric, it ran the uncensored version of Caligula for a full year.

Splashcat66 on January 30, 2013 at 8:49 am

919 Granville was once again “Studio” between Towne and Paradise.. no giant S though

rl_83 on August 19, 2013 at 4:57 am

Now known as “ Joe’s Apartment ”, yet another bar on Granville.

darrenparlett on August 19, 2013 at 6:06 am

Man imagine playing CALIGUA uncut for a year?

rl_83 on September 9, 2013 at 2:52 am

The Lyric didn’t have an easy time running Caligula, I remember years ago doing research on Vancouver theatres, coming across an article about the protests over the screening of this film. I’m sure that led to the longevity of the run. This was around 1981.

DavidDymond on September 10, 2013 at 12:52 am

This theatre originally called The Studio, was a unit of Twenthieth Century Theatres, an operating partner of Famous Players Canadian Corporation!!

Splashcat66 on October 1, 2013 at 11:30 am

Studio/Eve/Lyric/Towne/Studio/Paradise/Tonic/Joe' Apartment.

Caligula was the first movie when the name changed to Towne. I uploaded a Vancouver Sun clipping.

Google bernice gerard towne for a July 1981 protest

hermangotlieb on August 11, 2015 at 5:55 am

Joe’s Apartment has now become “The Studio” once again! The new owners have opened The Studio Records which is a night club/record store that lovingly recreates the original “Studio” neon sign.

It’s still not a movie theatre but it adds some much needed retro-style neon to the Granville strip.

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