Another Vancouver movie theatre loss: Collingwood Cinema to close

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      Collingwood Cinema, we hardly knew ye.

      Yes, it's more sad news for Vancouver's movie exhibition scene.

      The independent south Kingsway venue, formerly the Raja, was taken over by Naz and Mike Jamshedian in November, 2012. The Jamshedians were the former owners of the West End's last movie house Denman Cinemas, which closed on September 30.

      The new Collingwood Cinema showed a selection of both Hollywood and, like the former Raja, Bollywood films.

      News of the cinema's closure came via the DOXA Documentary Film Festival, who were informed the theatre would close by April 30. The festival had two screenings planned at the theatre. The May 7 screening of Occupy the Movie and the May 9 screening of The Great Hip-Hop Hoax will both be relocated to Vancity Theatre. (Calls to the Jamshedians from the Straight have not yet been returned.)

      Collingwood Cinemas joins a raft of movie theatre closures, including the Ridge and Oakridge. Festival Cinemas, which runs the Fifth Avenue Cinemas and the Park Theatre, was taken over by Cineplex in March.




      Apr 23, 2013 at 5:25pm

      Another one?! It was exciting to have a rep theatre back in the Collingwood again. Too short-lived. There's been a theatre at that spot for decades. Sad to see it become another dollar store.

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      Apr 23, 2013 at 7:48pm

      Aren't we sick of dollar stores? I am!

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      May 8, 2013 at 10:01pm

      Support your local independent cinema before we lose another one. Collingwood Cinema, I'll miss you.

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      Jul 4, 2013 at 9:48am

      So sad. Gone are the neighbourhood theaters, and why? Because too many of us are drawn to the glitter of the humungous entertainment centers in the 'burbs. Give me a neighbourhood theater any day over the "migraine-city" flash of these entertainment warehouse boxes.

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