Vancouver's Cinemark Tinseltown changes to Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas
Due to a corporate takeover of a local theatre, the range of movies available to Vancouver movie-goers may undergo a change.
The 11-year-old movie theatre, formerly known as Cinemark Tinseltown, at International Village Mall (88 West Pender) perched on the edge of Chinatown, has been taken over by Cineplex Odeon. The theatre is being given the rather lengthy new name Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas.
The change was effective as of Friday, November 26.
Cinemark Tinseltown, the only Canadian theatre owned by the U.S.–based Cinemark, balanced blockbuster releases with a range of indie productions, Canadian films, and foreign releases (particularly titles from Asia, such as China's Aftershock and South Korea's The Man From Nowhere).
It remains to be seen if the programming will continue to include art-house, foreign, and independent selections or not.
The theatre was also a venue for local film festivals, such as the Vancouver Queer Film Festival and the recent Vancouver Asian Film Festival. Whether or not these festivals will be affected also remains to be seen.
VAFF president Barbara Lee said in an e-mail she has not heard anything yet. VQFF executive director Drew Dennis said that they have partnered with the venue since 2002 and that booking and negotiating theatre space for VQFF usually happens in December and January.
Prices listed for regular tickets at the theatre on the Cineplex Odeon website remain the same as Cinemark Tinseltown's, which was $12.75. According to the website, moviegoers will also be able to utilize the SCENE rewards program available at the Cineplex Odeon theatres (run with Scotiabank).
Cineplex Odeon runs the Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver as well as SilverCity venues in suburbs like Richmond and Burnaby.