Park Theatre

3440 Cambie Street,
Vancouver, BC V5Z 2W8

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Cineplex Entertainment (Official)

Additional Info

Operated by: Cineplex

Previously operated by: Odeon Theatres (Canada) Ltd.

Architects: Harold Solomon Kaplan, Abraham Sprachman

Firms: Kaplan & Sprachman

Functions: Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 604.876.2722

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Park Theater screen in action

The Park Theatre opened on August 4, 1941 with Joan Blondell in “Model Wife”. It had 726 seats. It was recently renovated and is now open again. This theater shows art, specialty, Canadian, and high quality films. It was taken over by Cineplex Entertainment in March 2013.

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Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

rl_83 on November 28, 2012 at 1:14 am

The Park was the only location in Vancouver to be equipped for “ SENSURROUND ” in 1974 for EARTHQUAKE.

Was a 35mm 4track MAG presentation.

hermangotlieb on February 16, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Leonard Schein and Tom Lightburn, owners of the Park and Festival Cinemas, have announced they have sold both theatres to Cineplex. The sale will be completed in March 2013.

ScreenClassic on February 17, 2013 at 12:38 am

If Cineplex has both the Park and the Fifth Avenue, then that doesn’t bode well for the future of either theatre. When Cineplex first owned the Park, it originally closed that theatre down in 1990 before Schein took it over and reopened it about a month later.

hermangotlieb on February 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm

The sale to Cineplex sounded a bit odd to me as well. Cineplex is a big fish that builds stadium-seat megaplexes, why would they want to sink money into 2 outdated theatres that run art films?

My guess is they will run them for a short period of time and then close them, striking two more theatres off their list of competitors. The properties are in good locations ripe for retail/condo development.

Cineplex is also building a huge megaplex at the foot of Cambie street along the Canada Line Skytrain which is easily accessible to the surrounding neighbourhood of the Park theatre.

I guess we’ll see what develops.

rl_83 on February 27, 2013 at 9:52 am

I can almost guarantee you that they will no longer be programming art films there.

ScreenClassic on March 17, 2013 at 7:35 am

The sale now appears to be official, as the Festival Cinemas website says that the Park is now part of Cineplex Entertainment.

rl_83 on May 14, 2016 at 1:29 am

This was the Vancouver location for the Hateful Eight 70MM roadshow presentation.

The equipment was provided by Boston Light and Sound and consisted of a Cinemeccanica Victoria 8 projector, a Cinemeccanica 7004 Console Lamphouse, Christie AW3R platter and a DTS XD10 providing the sound.

rivest266 on November 18, 2018 at 7:45 pm

This is the first theatre to opening as an Odeon on August 4th, 1941 in Canada, which is why Cineplex grabbed it in 2013. Grand opening ad and article: Park Theatre openingPark Theatre opening Sat, Aug 2, 1941 – 10 · The Vancouver Sun (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) ·

SnoozeKing on July 21, 2020 at 4:54 pm

In the late 1970s I was in high school and took my girlfriend to the Park as often as possible. I was the laughingstock of John Oliver Secondary School and knew that if I took my chick up Fraser Street on Friday or Saturday night the bullies who hung out at the Fraser Theatre would notice me and my date and, after we left the theatre, would shove both of us into oncoming Fraser Street traffic. My way of avoiding such ugliness was to take her into a neighborhood where nobody knew me. On dozens of occasions we did dinner, a movie and a milkshake on Main, Cambie, Oak, Granville, Burrard, Arbutus or Dunbar Street. Nobody ever hassled us in those ‘hoods.

MSC77 on December 30, 2021 at 6:44 pm

Here’s a new 4-page 50th anniversary FIDDLER ON THE ROOF retrospective featuring a roadshow playdate chronology and historian Q&A. The Park’s year-long run is mentioned in the piece.

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