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  • Rio Theatre
    Now that it has been fully restored, the Rio Theatre immediately recalls the splendour of its grand opening in 1938. Hiding behind the old-fashioned aesthetics, however, are a digital HD projector and surround-sound speakers that immerse filmgoers in an eclectic array of first-run blockbusters and cinema classics. Showing films again as of April 2012, the theatre?s movie selection ranges from sci-fi and horror to wholesome family films, though the program coalesces around a love for pop culture that the owners share with their most ardent fans. Aside from the daily show times, cult classics?frequently in their original 35 mm form?screen at midnight on Fridays. Guests from all walks of life come out to these packed showings, where they can snack on popcorn made with real butter or win prizes for dressing in costume as their favourite character or key grip. The 420-seat theatre also hosts concerts and events throughout the year, including past performances by Janeane Garofalo and local musicians Bend Sinister.
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    1660 E Broadway
    Vancouver, BC CA
  • Pacific Cinematheque Pacifique
    Foreign, classic, and Canadian films light up the big screen at Pacific Cinémathèque, a 194-seat theatre recognized by the Vancouver Sun as the best art-house and foreign-film venue in 2009. Established as a film society almost four decades ago, the movie palace has since flourished into a polestar for under-the-radar films, showcasing lesser-known works and cinematic icons alike during single and double billings six nights a week. In an effort to enhance Vancouver's cinematic culture without transplanting the Hollywood sign to the top of One Wall Centre, the theatre is also home to several educational opportunities including a film reference library and the West Coast Film Archive, which preserves the legacy of independent filmmaking on Canada's west coast.
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    1131 Howe Street
    Vancouver, BC CA
  • Dunbar Theatre
    Dunbar Theatre keeps things simple: top first-run films, fresh popcorn, comfortable seats, a friendly staff, and one big screen. But in simplicity is something fresh. Those newly installed seats have enough room that audiences can stretch their legs, armrests raise for cuddling, and a balcony lets viewers change up their sightlines. Old-fashioned styles aside, the movie house stays up-to-date with recently upgraded projection technology and a sound system with the clarity of 10,000 Morgan Freemans. Located near UBC, the theatre is within walking distance of numerous diners and cafes, making it a date-night no-brainer. As one of the few remaining independently owned movie theaters in Vancouver, Dunbar Theatre also offers specials, including free movie giveaways, to fans of their Facebook page.
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    4555 Dunbar Street
    Vancouver, BC CA
  • Vancity Theatre
    Vancity Theatre screens festival-style films from around the world year round, with top-notch sound and projection equipment fully conveying every punch, skid, foreign phrase, and meaningful silence shown on the silver screen. Movies are only open to members of the nonprofit organization?as such, this deal includes a one-year basic membership ($2), which also gets you admission to the organization?s Annual General Meeting. Sample the theatre's filmic fare with a double-bill ticket ($13), good toward two consecutive films on the same day. Upcoming films at the Vancity Theatre include the concert film Leonard Cohen: Live at the Isle of Wight, 1970, the Bernard Herrmann?soundtracked noir On Dangerous Ground, and the light-hearted Martin Scorsese romp Taxi Driver. Wash down the flickering images with a medium popcorn ($3) and a can of pop ($1.50).
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    1181 Seymour Street
    Vancouver, BC CA
  • Fifth Avenue Cinemas
    The Fifth Avenue Cinemas in Vancouver are a beacon of quality cinematography. In addition to mainstream Hollywood blockbusters, they’ve also feature award winning international movies. Tuesdays are discount days at the Fifth Avenue Cinemas, perfect for a budget date. The magnitude of the discount you get depends on whether you’re a student, senior, or seasonal ticket holder. The popcorn at the Fifth Avenue cinemas is lauded for always being fresh- they aren’t stingy with making a new batch to make sure you’re happy. Even better is that they use real butter on their popcorn rather than unhealthy hydrogenated vegetable fat. The quality snacks, comfortable seats, cozy viewing auditoriums, and amiable staff at the Fifth Avenue Cinemas are all reasons to visit.
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    2110 Burrard Street
    Vancouver, BC CA
  • Vogue Theatre
    Rob Schneider, the philanthropic comic auteur behind Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and The Animal, leaps from the screen to the stage, slaying audiences across the globe on his 2011 tour. Like a hobo retracing his roots to rediscover a sacred stew recipe, Rob ?You Can Do It? Schneider returns to stand-up after 20 years of hospitalizing SNL and movie audiences with spasmodic guffaws. Supporting his first comedy album, Registered Offender, Schneider floods the acoustically superb Vogue Theatre in raucous laughter, with a dollop of racy humour to make the venue's art-deco features blush. This maestro performance of orchestrated spit-takes will showcase the absurdist whimsy that inspired generations to name their children Rob Schneider.
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    918 Granville Street
    Vancouver, BC CA

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