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Cineplex Cinema in Langley

The Lower Mainland is home to dozens of movie venues. In Vancouver there are Cineplex and Landmark theatres, an IMAX Theatre and independent cinemas.


Since mid-March, 2020, movie theatres in the Metro Vancouver area had been closed due to orders by government to avoid gatherings of over 50 people.

In mid-May the government announced that theatres can reopen soon (provided that they can implement safety procedures that allow people to maintain appropriate social distancing).

FlyOver Canada announced on June 9th that they were reopening on June 18th, which was great news! In addition to their iconic FlyOver Canada film, they are also showing FlyOver Iceland from June 18th until the end of August.

Hollywood 3 Cinemas also announced that they are resuming operations. Their locations in Surrey and Pitt Meadows reopened their doors on June 12th, as did the Caprice Cinema in White Rock.

Landmark Cinemas has also reported that select theatres are resuming operations. As of July 3rd, locations in New Westminster and Surrey have reopened their doors. Dates for other locations are to be determined. Tickets are only $2.99 on Tuesdays, and $5 on all other days as of July 13th.

Select Cineplex theatres have also reopened across the Lower Mainland. The Scotiabank Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Cineplex Cinemas Marine Gateway, SilverCity Riverport in Richmond, Cineplex Metropolis at Metrotown, Cineplex Cinemas Coquitlam, Cineplex Strawberry Hill in Surrey and Cineplex Cinemas Langley are all reopen as of mid-August. As of July 13th, tickets cost $2.99 on Tuesdays, and $5 on all other days.

For the most up-to-date details about the status of major Lower Mainland cinemas, see the Cineplex, Landmark Theatres and Hollywood 3 Cinemas websites.

To learn about other businesses and events that have closed or been cancelled click Vancouver COVID-19 Updates.

Information in this article includes the following topics:

What Movies are in Town? | Theatre Locations | $2.99 Saturday Movie Deals | Summer Outdoor Movies | Movie Tips | Other Information

Click on any of the above links to jump to a specific topic, or continue reading to learn all about movies, cinemas and film-viewing opportunities in the Lower Mainland.

Movie Theatres in the Lower Mainland

There are dozens of places to see films in the Vancouver area including the Vancity Theatre which is home to the Vancouver International Film Festival. There are also various chain and independent theatres, as well as numerous places to see Free Outdoor Movies in the summer.

Recommended Movies and What’s in Town?

Movies are always coming and going. Some are in town for a long time, and others are gone before you know it!

Below are some of the recommended movies currently and/or recently in Lower Mainland Theatres (as of August 10th, 2020). All of the ones we list have generally pretty good reviews.

  • Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back – the 5th movie of the Star Wars saga where Luke Skywalker trains with Yoda while Han Solo, Chewbacca and Leia are all chased by a bounty hunter, and Luke finds out who his father is. 2020 is the 40th anniversary of this classic Star Wars movie. (G)
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – the conclusion to the John Wick series where the assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is on the run with a $14 million bounty on his head. (18+)
  • Spectre – an action movie from the James Bond franchise where James Bond (played by Daniel Craig) receives a message from his past that leads him to uncover an evil organization called SPECTRE. (PG)
  • Wonder Woman – an action movie based on the DC comic books about an Amazonian woman (played by Gal Gadot) who leaves her home to discover her true powers. (PG)
  • Batman – the original 1989 action movie based on the DC comic book about a masked vigilante who must protect Gotham from the Joker. (PG)
  • The Dark Knight – the sequel to Batman Begins where Batman confronts the Joker. (14A)
  • Gravity – a drama movie about two astronauts played by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney trying to survive in open space. (PG)
  • Jaws – a classic thriller movie that was directed by Steven Spielberg in 1975 about a great white shark. (PG)
  • Jurassic Park – the original Jurassic Park movie shot by Steven Spielberg in 1993. (PG)
  • Target Number One – a Canadian-directed action movie about a journalist investigating a man in a Thai prison. (14A)
  • Bloodshot – an action movie about a soldier that was brought back to life with superpowers. (14A)
  • My Spy – a family action movie about a CIA spy and a nine-year-old girl. (PG)
  • The Invisible Man – a horror/mystery movie about a woman who escaped from an abusive relationship being stalked by a man in an invisible suit. (18A)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog – an adventure movie about a blue hedgehog, a small town police officer and an evil genius that is based on the classic SEGA video game. (PG)
  • Bad Boys For Life – a sequel to the movie about two police officers taking down drug cartels. (14A)
  • 1917 – a WWI film about a pair of British soldiers and their mission to deliver a message behind enemy lines. We’ve seen the movie and were very impressed. (14A)
  • Jumanji: The Next Level – a sequel to the movie about friends going into a mystical video game called Jumanji. (PG) We saw this film and in our group were a woman in her 40s, a teenaged girl, and 50-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy. All four of us really enjoyed it (which says a lot). It was as funny as the original (and Danny DeVito was a great addition).

To check out movie reviews and see how different films are doing at the box office, see Rotten Tomatoes.

Additional educational films at the OMNIMAX Theatre at Science World include the following:

  • Into Nature’s Wild
  • Superpower Dogs
  • Apollo 11: First Steps Edition
  • Great Bear Rainforest

Lower Mainland Theatre Locations

There are movie theatres in or near virtually every major community in the Lower Mainland including (but not limited to) the following locations:

Vancouver  |  Burnaby  |  Richmond  |  Surrey  |  North Shore  |  Fraser Valley  |  Other Communities

(Note: Theatre details are subject to change.)

Vancouver Movie Theatres

Vancity Theatre on Seymour Street
Vancity Theatre

Burnaby Movie Theatres

Richmond Movie Theatres

Surrey Movie Theatres

  • Cineplex Cinemas Strawberry Hill – at 12161-72nd Avenue in Surrey.
    • This massive 12-screen theatre features reserved luxury seats that recline (which is awesome)!
  • Landmark Guildford – at 15051 101st Avenue in Surrey.
  • Hollywood 3 Surrey – at 7125-138 Street in Surrey.
    • Note: General admission here is only about $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and children, and $4 at Matinees and on Tuesdays.

North Shore Movie Theatres

  • Park & Tilford – a 6-screen theatre at Park & Tilford Mall at 200-333 Brooksbank Avenue in North Vancouver. The venue has lots of free parking in the mall’s parking lot which makes it convenient. (Note: This venue is closed as of May 2020.)
  • Cineplex Cinemas Park Royal – a brand new movie theatre at Park Royal Mall in West Vancouver.

Fraser Valley Movie Theatres

  • Cineplex Cinemas Abbotsford – at 3122 Mt. Lehman Road.
    • This 11-screen theatre features 3 screens with extra-comfy seats that recline and are reserved for adults only.
  • Galaxy Cinemas Chilliwack – an 8-screen theatre at 8249 Eagle Landing Parkway.
  • Cineplex Cinemas Langley – a massive 19-screen theatre (including one IMAX theatre) at #20090 91A Avenue in Langley.
  • SilverCity Mission Cinemas – a large 12-screen theatre at the Junction Plaza at 32555 London Avenue in Mission.
  • Twilight Drive-In – at 3350 260 Street (at the Fraser Highway) in Langley. This is Metro Vancouver’s only drive-in theatre.
Langley Cineplex Movie Cinema
Cineplex Cinemas Langley

Movie Theatres in Other Communities

Rainy Day Activities

Saturday Movie Deals at Cineplex Theatres

Family Favourites Movies cost just $2.99 at select Cineplex movie theatres at 11 o’clock on Saturday mornings throughout most of the year.

Movies that showed (or were going to be shown) in the spring of 2020 are listed below. Most were cancelled, however, because of COVID-19. The cheap Saturday movies will likely start back up again in September (but with details to be confirmed).

Note: Film details may vary. Click Family Favourites Movies for the most up-to-date details.

Lower Mainland Cineplex theatres participating in the Family Favourites Movies program include the following (although details may change and not all theatres participate each week):

  • Cineplex Cinemas Abbotsford – at 3122 Mt. Lehman Road.
  • Galaxy Cinemas Chilliwack – at 8249 Eagle Landing Parkway.
  • Cineplex Cinemas Coquitlam – at 170 #20090 91A Avenue.
  • Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas – at 88 West Pender in Vancouver.
  • Cineplex Cinemas Langley – at #20090 91A Avenue in Langley.
  • Cineplex Odeon Park and Tilford – at 200-333 Brooksbank Avenue in North Vancouver.
  • Cineplex Odeon Meadowtown Cinemas – at #410 19800 Lougheed Highway in Pitt Meadows.
  • Cineplex Cinemas Metropolis – at 4700 Kingsway in Burnaby.
  • SilverCity Riverport Cinemas – at 14211 Entertainment Way in Richmond.
  • Cineplex Cinemas Strawberry Hill – at 12161-72nd Avenue in Surrey.

Click Family Favourites Movies for tickets and further details.

Summer Outdoor Movies

In July and August numerous outdoor movies take place at Metro Vancouver parks, community centres and municipal plazas.

Free summer films take place at Canada Place, Stanley Park and various other venues. Click Summer Movies for details.

Movie Tips

Below are some suggestions to help you make the most out of your cinema movie-watching experience.

TIP #1: Go on a Tuesday if you can because on cheap Tuesdays you can save as much as 40% off regular ticket prices.

TIP #2: Most years, starting in mid to late November until towards the end of December, Cineplex offers bonuses to people buying gift cards. In a typical year if you purchase a $50 gift card you get coupons for a couple of free movies and free popcorn, which is a great deal worth stocking up on. Note though that the coupons for free stuff usually have to be used between January and February of the following year, but the gift cards are good indefinitely.

TIP #3: If you can avoid it, never sit in the very front row (or even the first couple of rows at most theatres) unless you don’t mind getting a strained neck and eyeballs. Even at cinemas with fancy seats that recline, the very front seats aren’t so nice to watch from.

TIP #4: Some movie theatres, like Hollywood Cinemas in Surrey and Pitt Meadows, cost half the price or less than some of the big chain movie theatres. They aren’t as fancy as some places, but the price is right!

TIP #5: The best place to sit when watching a 3D movie is in the centre of the theatre in the back half of the movie theatre.

TIP #6: Movies are nice to watch on the big screen, and usually the bigger the screen the better. Many venues though have multiple theatre rooms with some being smaller than others. At cinemas where you can reserve your seat in advance, you can get a rough idea of the screen size by the number of seats available in the room. The more seats you see in the theatre layout, the bigger the screen will likely be.

TIP #7: Try not to have high expectations, especially with films that you have heard good things about. If you go with low expectations, you’ll more often than not be pleasantly surprised. If you go expecting a film to be 4 stars and excellent, and it turns out to only be “good”, you might feel slightly disappointed.

Other Information

Check out the following for other related information and things to do in the Lower Mainland: