Columbia Theatre

530 Columbia Street,
New Westminster, BC V3L 1B1

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ColumbiaNewWest on April 10, 2013 at 6:17 am

This renovated heritage theatre has reclaimed its original name and it is now called the Columbia. While Lafflines Comedy Club is thriving with the flexibility of two venues, the Columbia is now the talk of the town with live music concerts, corporate events, community fundraiser events and weddings. Please visit or Facebook/530columbia or Youtube channel “530columbia”

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 23, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Was it never demolished? News reports all say that Lafflines comedy club has been renovating the old Burr Theatre and is moving in this spring.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 3, 2008 at 5:23 pm

Here is a photo of the Columbia Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 2, 2008 at 10:11 pm

This link has a number of photos of the Raymond Burr Theater. According to the information at that link, this theater is not only closed, it is being demolished.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 28, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Another photo of the Burr Theater can be seen here.

KenRoe on August 10, 2007 at 12:31 am

The ‘highlights’ have now been removed. Thanks for pointing that out.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 9, 2007 at 10:24 pm

Maybe I’m the only one that noticed this but there are two highlighted links in the description above that will return a 404 error when you click on them. The words “hanging planters” and “wrought-iron” are highlighted.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 9, 2007 at 8:06 pm

This is a more recent photo of the Raymond Burr Performing Arts Centre.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 20, 2007 at 11:11 pm

Here is a recent photo of the Raymond Burr Performing Arts Centre.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 20, 2007 at 12:14 am

Architects: Fred Laughton Townley and Robert Michael Matheson.

duddleydoright on October 11, 2005 at 3:50 pm

Down the street a block is what was New Westminster’s other prime movie experience, the Paramount. Although I have no info on its history, I do recall that the inside was equal to the Columbia (Burr Theatre), as was the movie-going experience.
It’s still standing, but the insides were massively redesigned (tho apparently not gutted) to suit its current format, that of a strip club.
In my mind, the Paramount was a nicer theatre than the Columbia.