4375 W. 10th Avenue,
4375 W. 10th Avenue,Vancouver, BC V6R 2H6
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KevinEastwood and rl_83: Vancouver’s 70mm history is chronicled here.
That post about Hamlet above was from 2012, long before H8.
That’s an interesting bit of info about moving projectors, I worked for Festival Cinemas for a while and never heard about that.
What was going on at the Park when they moved the projector over? Why didn’t they just play it at The Park?
I see that a previous post states that The Varsity ran the last 70mm print in Vancouver and says that this was Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet in 1997. That is not true. The Park Theatre in Vancouver has played 70mm prints of films like The Hateful 8 (2015) and Dunkirk (2017) in the years since. In fact, when The Varsity Theatre played Hamlet in 1997 it actually borrowed The Park Theatre’s Cinemeccanica projector to show the film. At the time both theatres were operated by the same company, Festival Cinemas. I still remember the sight of the print for Hamlet since it was the wildest print I had ever seen working in movie theatres. Due to the fact the film was over 3 hours long, the movie had to be split across 14 reels, resulting in 14 massive 70 mm shipping cases that lined the hallway to the projection booth. - A former manager of the Varsity & Park
ok and? Is there something specific about the theatre in that comment?
The entire street is Gentrified.
Reopened by Famous Players on March 18th, 1988 after Cineplex abandoned them when they opened the Granville cinemas Dunbar, Plaza, and Varsity reopenings Fri, Mar 18, 1988 – 75 · The Vancouver Sun (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) · Newspapers.com
Grand opening ad Varsity theatre opening Thu, Oct 5, 1939 – 10 · The Vancouver Sun (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) · Newspapers.com
Opened October 5 1939 at 6:45PM
The Varsity has the honor of running the last 70mm print in Vancouver. It was Hamlet in 1997.