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The Top 6 Luxury Cinemas in Vancouver (for Your Serious Movie Dates!)

The Top 6 Luxury Cinemas in Vancouver (for Your Serious Movie Dates!)

Sticky floors, overpriced popcorn, and seats that feel more like airplane benches—those are the types of movie theatres I used to go to. Thankfully, those days are over.

Luckily for me, Vancouver has embraced the concept of luxury cinemas. No more shivers going down my spine and stepping on who knows what in the theatres!

If you, like me, are ready to ditch the discomfort and embrace cinematic luxury, then here are all of Vancouver’s best luxury movie theatres. And yes, I’ve been to them all, so I can guarantee each one is high-class. 

1. The Cinematheque

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Address: 1131 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2K8, Canada

Phone: +16046888202


  • Adult – $14 
  • Senior – $12 
  • Student – $10 

Forget the endless stream of superhero sequels. The Cinematheque handpicks films, showcasing everything from cult classics to world cinema and local Canadian productions. 

You’ll discover hidden gems and directors you never knew existed. The Cinematheque does special retrospectives and digs up those director’s cuts you won’t find anywhere else. 

Pro Tip: All screenings are for 18+ only. 

2. VIFF Centre

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Address: VIFF Centre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3M7, Canada

Phone: +16046833456


  • Adult – $15 
  • Senior – $13 
  • Student – $10 

VIFF Centre, Vancouver’s premier destination for luxury cinema, deserves a spot on your go-to movie theatre list. 

There is no need to squirm around in those uncomfortable theatre chairs. VIFF Centre has plush seating that’ll make you feel like you’re sinking into a cloud. 

Plus, their high-end projection and sound system ensure you get the full cinematic experience, from the roar of explosions to the subtlest whispers.

Movie selection-wise, they curate a selection of independent and international films. You’ll find cult classics and award-winning foreign language features you won’t find anywhere else. 

Pro Tip: Love the VIFF Centre experience? Take it to the next level with a VIFF+ membership! See movies for less all year round, plus get exclusive deals on tickets, free popcorn vouchers, sneak peeks, and special screenings. 

3. Dunbar Theatre

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Address: 4555 Dunbar St, Vancouver, BC V6S 2G7, Canada

Phone: +16042222991

Ticket: $9.50 

Vancouver’s true luxury movie experience lies at the Dunbar Theatre. This independent theatre oozes charm and character. 

Dunbar boasts a single-screen auditorium, putting you right in the heart of the action. No more jostling for armrests or craning your neck over someone’s head for a good view. 

The place feels like a step back in time, with its art deco details and plush red seats. And since it’s independent, Dunbar shows independent, foreign, and classic films and newer hits too.

Pro Tip: They have some of the best popcorn here! Make sure you snag a bucket before your film.

4. Rio Theatre

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Address: 1660 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5N 1W1, Canada

Phone: +16048793456


  • Adult – $14
  • Student/Senior – $11 

The Rio has historic charm with its art deco details and intimate setting. But it’s not stuck in the past. 

They’ve got a state-of-the-art digital projector alongside a vintage 35mm one, so you can catch the latest blockbusters or classic films on glorious film grain. 

The Rio curates a fantastic mix of independent and foreign films, cult classics, documentaries, and even local productions. They also host live music events, burlesque shows, improv comedy, and even film and comedy festivals.

Pro Tip: Get any of their cocktails to go with your popcorn!

5. Cineplex VIP Cinemas Brentwood

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Address: 3106, 1920 Willingdon Ave Unit 31-06, Burnaby, BC V5C 0K3, Canada

Phone: +16042458983

Cineplex VIP Cinemas in Brentwood is one of the best spots in Vancouver for a fancy movie night. But you’ve got to be 19 or older to go here! 

VIP is for adults only, so you can say goodbye to disruptive babies crying or kicking in the back of your seat. It’s pure movie-watching bliss—just you, your friends, and the flick on the big screen.

At VIP, sink into their plush recliners with ample space to stretch out. Plus, you’ll get your own little table next to your seat—perfect for balancing that cocktail. (Because, hey, treat yourself!).

And yes, you can order gourmet food and drinks right from your seat. No more fighting the crowds at the concession stand. Just sit back, relax, and let the good times roll (and the food come to you!).

Pro Tip: Parking can be a pain at Brentwood Mall, especially on weekends. Park at the WestPark parkade and get three whole hours of free parking when you validate your ticket at the VIP entrance.

6. Landmark Cinemas New Westminister

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Address: Skytrain Station, Skytrain Level 390, 800 Carnarvon St, New Westminster, BC V3M 1G2, Canada

Phone: +16045216564


  • Adult – $14.75 
  • Child – $9.75 
  • Senior – $10.75 
  • Matinee – $9.50 

Landmark Cinemas New Westminster is a luxurious upgrade from your typical cinema experience. No stiff cinema seats here—instead, sink into plush recliners with ample legroom.

And they’ve got premium screens and sound. Their immersive sound systems will have you feeling like you’re in the movie.

They have a mix of premium formats like Dolby Cinema and RealD 3D, so you can choose the experience that best suits the movie you’re watching.

Pro Tip: Sign up for Landmark Extras, their free rewards program! Earn points with every movie ticket you buy and unlock perks like free movies, exclusive screenings, and special events. It’s basically like getting rewarded for enjoying a night out at the movies—win-win!