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The Best Arthouse Cinemas in Vancouver
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The Best Arthouse Cinemas in Vancouver

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Cinemas represent a lot about the region they are located in, based on what movie is playing, what concessions are being sold and the architecture. Here is a list of some of Vancouver’s cinemas that incorporate a large variety of the above.

Vancity Theatre

A posh theatre with high end projection and surround sound, Vancity Theatre is the place to go to get the most out of movies. The theatre has been showing international and film festival movies since 1982, making them easily accessible to the public. They seek to share world and film culture with everyone, and celebrate the best of filmmaking.

Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8, Canada +1 604-683-3456

Pacific Cinematheque

A 40-year-old theatre, the Pacific Cinematheque holds a 194 seat theatre and hosts over 500 curated film exhibits a year. The theatre is dedicated to showing what they deem to be ‘essential to film,’ and constantly seeks to show movies that inspire and give insight to viewers, whether the films be new, classics or rarely seen.

Pacific Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St #200, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L7, Canada +1 604-688-8202

Rio Theatre

An old theatre from 1938, the Rio Theatre is the place to go for movie buffs and fanatics. The theatre shows a variety of Hollywood blockbusters and cult classics, and occasionally features live music and festivals. During their late night screenings on the weekend, visitors are encouraged to show up in costume to win an assortment of prizes and meet others with similar passions.

Rio Theatre, 1660 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC, Canada +1 604-879-3456

Dunbar Theatre

A small theatre, the Dunbar offers out of this world popcorn, bursting with buttery flavor. Guests describe their experience as nostalgic, due to the theatre’s old decor and balconies reminiscent of the early 1900s. The seats also have ample leg room, so movie watching is comfortable and relaxing.

Dunbar Theatre, 4555 Dunbar St, Vancouver, BC V6S 2G7, Canada +1 604-222-2991

Scotiabank Theatre

A large theatre with multiple levels and rooms, the Scotiabank is the place to go for recent releases and old favorites. The concession stand offers a delicious selection of snacks, such as caramel and cheddar popcorn in large quantities, that can be enjoyed during their family favorite Saturday morning screenings or on Friday night dates.

Scotiabank Theatre, 900 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 3G5, Canada +1 604-630-1407