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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.

 


Information in this article includes the following topics:

What Theatres Are Open? | What Movies are in Town? | Theatre Locations | Summer Outdoor Movies | Movie Tips | Other Information

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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.

 

What Theatres Are Open?

Most Lower Mainland cinemas are open. FlyOver Canada at Canada Place is also open with a Halloween-themed show until the end of October.

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

 

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 in Lower Mainland Theatres as of November 25th. All of the movies we list have generally pretty good reviews.

  • Black Adam – an action-adventure about a man with the powers of the gods. (PG)
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – following the death of King T’Challa, Wakandans come together to protect their nation. (G)
  • Devotion – an action movie about two of the most celebrated US Navy fighter pilots during the Korean War. (PG)
  • The Menu – a comedy-thriller about an exclusive restaurant with a fancy menu and shocking surprises. (14A)

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

 

Movies at IMAX

The OMNIMAX Theatre at Science World offers some great educational films. While the theatre was still closed as of September, 2022, here are the movies they showed in the fall of 2020, to give an idea of what they might have when it reopens:

  • 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 Theatre

 

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

  • Cineplex Cinemas Coquitlam – a massive 20-screen theatre at 170 #20090 91A Avenue.
    • The theatre includes VIP screens with extra-comfy seats for adults.
  • Cineplex Odeon Meadowtown Cinemas – a 10-screen theatre at #410 19800 Lougheed Highway in Pitt Meadows.
  • Hollywood 3 Cinemas – at 19190 Lougheed Highway in Pitt Meadows.
    • Note: General admission here is only about $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and children, and $4 at Matinees and on Tuesdays.
  • Caprice White Rock – at 2381 King George Boulevard in Surrey.
  • Rialto White Rock – at 732 152 Street White Rock.
  • Landmark Cinemas New Westminster – at 390-800 Carnarvon Street by the New Westminster SkyTrain Station.

 

Rainy Day Activities

 

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.

Outdoor movies also take place at the Twilight Drive-In Theatre in Langley during most months of the year. They aren’t free though, and most people watch from their cars.

 

Movie at Twilight Drive-In
Langley’s Twilight Drive-In

 

Movie Tips

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

TIP #1: 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 #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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.

 

Dollar-Saving Advice

Below are some suggestions on how to save money when watching movies on the big screen.

TIP #5: Go on a Tuesday if you can because on cheap Tuesdays you can save as much as 40% off regular ticket prices.

TIP #6: 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 #7: 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!

 

Other Information

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