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Old January 23rd, 2019, 06:54 AM   #1
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Cineplex to open massive new entertainment centre in downtown Vancouver

The Granville Entertainment District in downtown Vancouver is set to receive a huge boost, as a massive new entertainment centre is set to provide it with a beacon of new activity.

Daily Hive has learned that Cineplex is planning to retrofit the former Empire Granville 7 theatre complex at 855 Granville Street into the chain’s Rec Room entertainment centre concept.

This multi-level entertainment venue will take over the entire three-building, four-level complex spanning much of the city block. This will include a 61-person interior and 314-person capacity outdoor patio and games area on the third-level rooftop, and a 646-person capacity event and concert venue within the 11,500-sq-ft basement level.

There will be two restaurants, plus a variety of entertainment and electronic game playing options the Rec Room is known for.



It is not known whether this location will also contain a handful of VIP Cinemas auditoriums, as this is a large theatre space that can certainly fit new auditoriums to diversify the offerings of the Rec Room.

But a Rec Room attached to a theatre complex is more of an exception amongst the brand’s growing number of locations across Canada, with Cineplex pursuing a standalone entertainment destination business model for the majority of them.

As well, placing theatres at this Rec Room would likely compete with Cineplex’s flagship Scotiabank Theatre — featuring nine auditoriums — at 900 Burrard Street, located only two blocks away.
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I hate how Scotiabank theatre has 9 screens but only ever seems to have 4 movie choices since they show the same movie in multiple theatres. A VIP or some extra screens at this new place would be nice.
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Altogether, the entire complex — including the 1893-built Palms Hotel and the 1938-built Paradise Theatre — spans 70,000-sq-ft of floor area. The Rec Room’s operational hours could extend to up to 3 am daily.

Empire Theatre shut down this seven-auditorium location in 2012, and the large space has sat vacant ever since.

A retrofit concept has been prepared by local architectural firm Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership.

Cineplex’s recently launched Rec Room concept is known for containing features such as over 100 arcade games and simulators, a bowling alley, and a variety of dining options, including upscale restaurants and sports bars. This is essentially an evolution of the company’s former Playdium concept.

https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/cine...vancouver-2019
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I think the outdoor patio on the third level rooftop is one of the the best ideas here.
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