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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 Movies are in Town? | Theatre Locations | $2.99 Saturday Movie Deals | 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.


FlyOver Iceland is showing in Vancouver at Canada Place until May 3rd, 2020. We’ve see the film and it was awesome! See our article about FlyOver Iceland for information or see the official FlyOver Canada website for full details and tickets.

Below is a short promotional video to give you an idea of what to expect.

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 February 17th, 2020). All of the ones we list have generally pretty good reviews.

  • 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)
  • Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island – a horror movie about a remote island resort where guests’ secret dreams (and nightmares) come true. (14A)
  • Downhill – a comedy about a married couple that escapes an avalanche while on a family vacation skiing in the Alps. (PG)
  • The Photograph – a drama about two love stories from the past and the present. (PG)
  • Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) – an action movie about DC comics villain and former Joker-girlfriend Harley Quinn joining forces with three female superheroes to save a girl from a crime lord. (Note: The movie is a bit odd, but so is Harley Quinn, so the style is fitting. Two of us saw the film – a middle-aged man and a 16-year-old boy. We enjoyed it and give it a 3.5 out of 5. You’ll probably like it too, but only if you like DC Comics superhero movies including ones that are a bit atypical.) (14A)
  • The Gentlemen – an action/comedy movie about a British drug lord who wants to sell his profitable marijuana business. (14A)
  • Dolittle – a family adventure movie about a doctor/veterinarian that can speak to animals and his search for a cure to an illness. (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)
  • Just Mercy – a drama about a Harvard law graduate who heads to Alabama for work where he defends a man wrongly accused of murder. (PG)
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – the conclusion to the Star Wars Saga where the Resistance and the First Order face off for the final time. (PG) (Warning: this movie is getting great reviews, so it’s highly recommended. It contains scenes with bright flashes, however, so likely isn’t suitable for people with sensitivities to light.)
  • Little Women – a historical drama about sisters in post-Civil War America. (G)
  • Bombshell – a biographical drama about Fox News and allegations of sexual harassment by CEO Roger Ailes by a number of female employees.
  • Spies in Disguise – an animated spy movie starring characters with the voices of Will Smith and Tom Holland. (PG)
  • 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).
  • Knives Out – a comedy movie about a detective who is hired to investigate the staff and family of a renowned crime writer after his death. We really enjoyed this film. It’s clever and has an interesting twist. The movie stars a number of big-name Hollywood actors including Daniel Craig (from James Bond), Jamie-Lee Curtis, Don Johnson (from Miami Vice) and Christopher Plummer. (PG)
  • Frozen 2 –  a sequel which follows the adventures of Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Sven and Olaf as they try to find the origin of Elsa’s powers. (G)
  • Ford v. Ferrari – an action movie about a car designer and a racecar driver attempting to build a car for Ford that can challenge Ferrari in a race. (PG)
  • Jojo Rabbit – a comedy about a boy in Nazi Germany who finds out that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. (PG)

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:

  • Superpower Dogs
  • Great Bear Forest
  • Apollo 11 

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.
  • Cineplex Cinemas Park Royal – a brand new adults-only 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. Upcoming movies include the following:

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

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