Caprice Showcase Theatre

965-967 Granville Street,
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L3

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Previously operated by: Caprice Showcase Theatres, Famous Players

Functions: Bar

Previous Names: Dominion Theatre, Downtown Theatre

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Caprice Showcase Theatre

Opened as Dominion Theatre in 1909. Famous Players took over in later years and it was renamed Downtown Theatre in 1967. It closed in 1988 and stood vacant for six years until it was taken over by Caprice Showcase Theatres who reopened it on December 26, 1992 as the Caprice Showcase Theatre. It played primarily art-house movies until it was closed again in 1999.

It was subsequently renovated to house a nightclub which retained the Caprice name. The nightclub closed in January 2018 and the building became a bar named Colony in June 2019.

Contributed by Graeme McBain, Marc Cyr

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

seanjung on August 4, 2008 at 3:19 pm

The theater was resurrected as a movie house by an independent chain and renamed Caprice Showcase Theater. It ran movies from 1992 until 1999. It is currently used as a Cabaret.

seanjung on August 5, 2008 at 6:53 am

There are show listing in a 1925 Vancouver Sun for the Dominion Theater so the official opening date is not 1929.

seanjung on August 6, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Upon further research, the Dominion Theater was a prestigious venue actually built in 1907 by J.R. Muir and sat 1000 patrons.

CSWalczak on August 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Photos from the Vancouver Library: 1-1916, 2-1940

CSWalczak on August 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

The information for this photo indicates that it was taken in 2009, apparently the signage was replaced.

rl_83 on May 26, 2014 at 10:30 am

That’s an older photo, the current sign has been there longer than 2009.

DavidDymond on May 28, 2014 at 3:57 pm

One of the earliest theatres acquired by Famous Players Canadian Corporation in Vancouver. The original auditorium had a ceiling that consisted of glass with backlit lighting above it. Very interesting!!

BCexpatriate on September 14, 2015 at 9:50 am

I remember when this was the Downtown Famous Players.

ScreenClassic on November 10, 2023 at 4:08 am

According to the article below, the Caprice nightclub (in the old Dominion/Downtown/Caprice theatre space) closed in January 2018 and following renovations, was replaced in June 2019 with the space’s current tenant, a bar and restaurant called the Colony:

Inside the massive new Colony Granville Strip location before it opens

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