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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.

 


MOST MOVIE THEATRES ARE CLOSED TEMPORARILY

Beginning in the spring, cinemas in the Metro Vancouver area were closed for a number of weeks due to orders by government to avoid gatherings of over 50 people. In mid-May the government announced that theatres could reopen and since that time most of them did. Around the third weekend in November, however, the government again announced that movie theatres have to close down temporarily, at least until December 8th which is when the current health order restrictions are on in place.

FlyOver Canada announced on June 9th that they were reopening on June 18th, which was great news! From November 19th until January 3rd, the Soar with Santa Christmas-themed film is scheduled to run at the theatre.


 

FlyOver Canada's Soar with Santa Banner Ad

 


Information in this article includes the following topics:

What Theatres Are Open? | 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.

 

What Theatres Are Open?

As of late October, 2020, most Lower Mainland cinemas were open, but not all of them. The OMNIMAX Theatre at Science World, for example, is closed.

Although most cinemas had been open up until around the third weekend in November, 2020, after that time most have since closed back down again, at least temporarily. Between November 19th and the 23rd, 2020, the provincial government made a series of announcements, and then additional clarifications about those announcements. The new orders include all movie theatres having to shut down for at least the period between November 22nd and December 8th.

Up until their November closure, Hollywood 3 Cinemas had resumed operations. Their locations in Surrey and Pitt Meadows reopened their doors on June 12th, as did the Caprice Cinema in White Rock.

Since July 3rd, Landmark Cinemas locations in New Westminster and Surrey had also been operating. Tickets were only $2.99 on Tuesdays and $5 on all other days in July, but prices had since returned to normal. Recently it cost $14.50 for general admission.

All Cineplex theatres had also reopened across the Lower Mainland as of the end of August 2020. As of November 24th they are once again all closed.

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.

 

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 November 23rd, 2020). All of the ones we list have generally pretty good reviews.

  • Mank – a biography about the making of the Citizen Kane movie. (PG)
  • The Santa Clause – a comedy about a man who accidentally makes Santa fall off his roof and is then recruited to take his place. (G)
  • Freaky – a comedy horror movie about a teenage girl who switches bodies with a serial killer. (14A)
  • Ammonite – a biography set in the 1800s about a paleontologist and a young woman who moves in with her.(18+)
  • Hillbilly Elegy – a drama movie about a Yale graduate moving back to his hometown. (14A)
  • Wolfwalkers – an animated adventure movie about a young hunter who goes with her father to destroy the last wolf pack in Ireland. (PG)
  • Let Him Go – a Western crime film about a retired sheriff and his wife who try to find their long-lost grandson. (14A)
  • Come Play – a horror movie about a mysterious creature that uses a boy’s smartphone and tablet to enter the human world. (14A)
  • The Empty Man – a crime horror movie about an ex-cop who tracks down a missing girl and, in the process, uncovers a group trying to summon a supernatural entity. (14A)
  • Monkey Beach – a Canadian supernatural mystery film about an Indigenous girl who returns home and must save her brother who is lost at sea. (PG)
  • Honest Thief – an action movie about a bank robber who turns himself in only to be double-crossed by two FBI agents.(PG)
  • Possessor Uncut – a horror movie about a secretive organization that uses brain implant technology to drive them to commit assassinations for high-paying clients. (18A)
  • The War With Grandpa – a comedy about a young boy who is upset he has to share his room with his grandpa. (G)
  • Tenet – an action movie about a CIA operative recruited for a mission to stop World War 3. (PG)
  • The Spongebob Movie: Sponge On The Run – an animated comedy about the adventures of Spongebob Squarepants and his friend Patrick after Spongebob’s pet snail, Gary, is stolen. (G)

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 (as of the fall of 2020):

  • 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

 

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.

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: 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: