Park Royal Cinemas

1086 Park Royal South,
West Vancouver, BC

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Park Royal Cinemas

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Possibly the first 70mm cinema in the Vancouver area, the Park Royal Twin Cinemas opened January 6, 1966. Screen 1 (760 seats) was twinned in 1980 and the whole complex was converted to 35mm-only projection.

Famous Players closed the Park Royal Cinemas in the early-1990’s, and the theater sat empty for several years, until the second-run Caprice Showcase chain took it over. Caprice went bankrupt in 1999 and for a short period of time the theater was operated by the Park Royal Mall management but it was closed to the public later that year.

The final use of the theaters was as a recording studio and audio-post facility, until the owners decided to tear it down and extend the mall in 2003.

Contributed by Ian Frealey

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MickeyDeez79
MickeyDeez79 on June 6, 2013 at 9:57 pm

There are talks about a new Park Royal Movie theatre due late 2013.

telliott
telliott on June 7, 2013 at 12:28 am

I’ve always found it amazing that after all these years, the north shore has not had a modern multiplex with stadium seating and all the bells and whistles. I like the Esplanade and Park & Tilford but would have thought that there would have been a SilverCity type theatre long before this.

BCexpatriate
BCexpatriate on June 7, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Having grown up in North Vancouver, this is the theater I went to the most (there was no movie theater in North Vancouver until Park & Tilford opened). I saw most of the Disney classics at this theater, including ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Bambi’, ‘Pinocchio’, ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘Cinderella’ and ‘The Aristocats’ here, in addition to such 80s classics as ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, ‘Gremlins’, and ‘Superman II’. I was disgusted by Park Royal Management’s decision to demolish this theater & the bowling alley next to it, to replace them with ugly ‘big box’ stores – some of which lasted only a short time!

rl_83
rl_83 on July 22, 2013 at 4:03 am

The cost of the land is probably what’s holding back any new multiplex builds. Cineplex I heard wants to open a new complex in West Vancouver.

Esplanade IMO, the bottom level at least, could be converted to stadium seating with some effort. They would lose a lot of seats but it could be done.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 9, 2014 at 9:21 pm

January 5th, 1966 grand opening ad has been uploaded in the photo section.

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