Cineplex Cinemas Esplanade

200 W. Esplanade Street,
North Vancouver, BC V7M 1A4

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Previously operated by: Cineplex Odeon, Empire Theatres, Famous Players, Landmark Cinemas of Canada

Previous Names: Esplanade 6 Cinemas, Empire Esplanade 6, Empire Theatres Esplanade, Landmark Cinemas 6 Esplanade

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Second floor panorama

The Esplanade 6 Cinemas was opened by the Famous Players chain on December 21, 1990. The smallest auditorium has 194 seats and the largest 348 seats.

Empire Theatres took over in September 2005. They featured a ‘Real Deal Tuesday’, when prices were almost half price. It was taken over by Landmark Cinemas in 2013. It was closed in September 2016. It was taken over by Cineplex Cinemas in October 2016. It was closed on April 2, 2019. It was demolished in early-2021 and sadly during demolition one person was killed.

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Recent comments (view all 25 comments)

cinema3000 on October 4, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Cineplex will take over this theatre according to its internal job listings. The theatre will be called “Cineplex Cinemas Esplanade” and they are currently hiring staff and management for this location. I do work for Cineplex.

theatrefan on October 4, 2016 at 4:43 pm

Glad to hear that Cineplex is coming to the rescue, I hope they won’t mess with or change any of the Famous Players design features that still exist in this location. There aren’t that many like this one left in Canada.

hermangotlieb on October 8, 2016 at 11:50 am

I imagine they won’t want to put too much money into an older theatre like this.

Much like the Orchard Park Kelowna renovation they will probably just update it to modern reclining seats, change the signage to Cineplex and maybe put new carpeting in.

I guess we’ll find out on October 14 when it re-opens.

Jason Whyte
Jason Whyte on March 28, 2019 at 3:29 am

Closing on April 2nd, 2019 as a newer Cineplex location is opening nearby at Park Royal Mall in West Vancouver.


rl_83 on November 19, 2019 at 7:52 pm

Appears they did nothing during the 2016 transition. Seats were the same and the place looked rather shabby. Got to see a show here “ The Beach Bum ” as a send off earlier this year.

Splashcat66 on January 10, 2021 at 1:26 am

Construction fencing is up, demolition is imminent.

Jason Whyte
Jason Whyte on January 13, 2021 at 9:41 pm

Many thanks for that video! Very sad to see. I still haven’t visited the new Park Royal location but hope to when the C-virus passes.

I am beyond overdue to post my photo gallery of this location and PROMISE I will get to it soon. I have pictures of all six theaters, both lobbies and many other areas of the theater when taken on the closing weekend of this location.

grandcameo on August 26, 2021 at 8:02 am

“1 person dead after building partially collapses at North Vancouver worksite”

Spectrum Entertainment
Spectrum Entertainment on March 21, 2022 at 3:13 pm

This cinema opened on December 21, 1990. Its opening films include The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Russia House, Three Men and a Little Lady, The Rookie, Look Who’s Talking Too, and Ghost. Cineplex Entertainment closed it on April 2, 2019, with its final films including Dumbo (also in 3D), The Beach Bum, The Hummingbird Project, Captain Marvel (also in 3D), How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (also in 3D), and Everybody Knows. They closed it as operations moved to Cineplex Park Royal & VIP in West Vancouver.

ScreenClassic on November 9, 2023 at 6:22 am

According to the CBC article from 2021 and as shown in current Google Maps street views, the Esplanade Cinemas has been demolished for an apartment building, so its status should be changed to Demolished. Mention should also be made of what happened in the partial collapse of the former theatre during demolition work on the theatre at that time.

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