Varsity Theatre

4375 W. 10th Avenue,
Vancouver, BC V6R 2H6

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Varsity Theatre

Opened October 5, 1939. Designed by the architect Harold Solomon Kaplan. Every summer for 20 years, ending in 1982, it was home to the Varsity Festival of International Films, put on by owner Canadian Odeon Theatres. Odeon owned it through 1987, then Famous Players from 1988-1992. Another conflicting sources said it was bought in around 1980-82 by Leonard Schein (Festival Cinemas), who sold it in 2001. Current Festival Cinemas employee said the Varsity Theatre was operated from 1990-1998 by Festival Cinemas, then by Ken Charko (of Dunbar Theatre). It closed January 15, 2006, after which it was razed for new development.

Contributed by Rosie Perera

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rl_83 on May 28, 2012 at 4:22 am

The Varsity has the honor of running the last 70mm print in Vancouver. It was Hamlet in 1997.

Splashcat66 on January 1, 2017 at 2:37 am

Opened October 5 1939 at 6:45PM

rivest266 on November 25, 2018 at 12:48 pm

Reopened by Famous Players on March 18th, 1988 after Cineplex abandoned them when they opened the Granville cinemas Dunbar, Plaza, and Varsity reopeningsDunbar, Plaza, and Varsity reopenings Fri, Mar 18, 1988 – 75 · The Vancouver Sun (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) ·

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