Cineplex Entertainment offers adult-only theatres and VIP dining at SilverCity Coquitlam Cinemas

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      The country's largest movie exhibitor is giving Lower Mainland patrons a chance to order food to their seats inside the cinema.

      This week, Cineplex Entertainment opened five VIP Cinemas inside the SilverCity Coquitlam multiplex at 170 Schoolhouse Street.

      The five VIP Cinemas are restricted to people 19 and over, whereas the remaining 15 theatres are open to patrons of all ages. People who want to attend one of the five VIP auditoriums can purchase tickets from a dedicated box office.

      Not only can moviegoers order food directly into the VIP auditoriums, they can also eat in a spacious new restaurant on the premises. That's in addition to the traditional concession stands in the cinema lobby.

      "The VIP dining area is actually for all of our guests in the theatre complex ," Cineplex vice president Pat Marshall told the Straight during a tour of the theatre. "If you're a minor, you must be accompanied by an adult in this area."

      In the dining area, it's possible to order nontraditional cinema food, such as flat-bread pizza, chicken sliders, barbecue steak wraps, quesadillas, and edamame, as well as the usual movie food like popcorn. Marshall explained that the company hopes in the future to obtain a licence to serve liquor in the VIP areas.

      Pat Marshall explains how the VIP process works at SilverCity Coquitlam Cinemas.

      Last month, NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert submitted a petition to the legislature to allow alcoholic drinks to be served at movie screenings. This is currently illegal in B.C., but it's allowed in some American states.

      The VIP Cinemas also feature reclining seats in the front row. Marshall explained that it's possible to go online and reserve your seats, similar to what one might do for a concert.

      Pat Marshall explains how you can order food from your theatre seat.

      Cineplex Entertainment has also installed one UltraAVX screen, which is possibly the largest movie screen in the region. This technology includes the latest in Dolby digital sound technology, and the company also provides reserve seating in high-back rocker seats.

      It's one of five 3D projection systems in the complex. "Not every movie needs to be made in 3D, so we're not putting 3D in every auditorium," Marshall said.

      In addition, the company has converted the traditional movie posters into digital presentations. "We have our own digital media-lobby network," she explained. "So it makes it far more interactive, and allows us to be much greener."

      Cineplex Entertainment has pegged the construction cost of the upgrade at $2.1 million.

      In January, the company will open an XSCAPE Entertainment Centre in the lobby, which will offer the latest interactive video games. "So what will happen is you'll be playing the games, and you'll get coupons," Marshall noted. "And you'll use those coupons at a redemption centre for prizes."

      The cost of tickets has been staggered to reflect the moviegoing experience. General admission is $12.50, with children and seniors paying $9.50.

      The UltraAVX general admission and general 3D admission price is $15.50, whereas an UltraAVX general admission price for 3D is $17.50. There are lower prices for children and seniors.

      The VIP general admission is $19.50, compared to $22.50 for a 3D film in the VIP auditoriums.

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      Carolyn Ali

      Dec 22, 2011 at 1:18pm

      Reminds me of Gold Class theatres in Asia. I'm happy to see seat reservations. This is common in other countries and makes so much sense, eliminating line-ups and uncertainty. Now if all movie theatres would allow seat selection, even at the box office when you buy your ticket...


      Dec 27, 2011 at 2:51am

      It's always the "adults" that are chattering away when I'm at the movies...


      Jan 6, 2012 at 4:48pm

      This is wonderful. A truly more date night experience to the movies.

      A. MacInnis

      Jan 10, 2012 at 11:59pm

      Hmm, I dunno if this is really a gain - you get rid of the kids but add the smells and sounds of people eating (as if the constant rustle and munch of popcorn wasn't bad enough).


      Jan 24, 2012 at 4:01am

      This thing really sucks. You can't bring alcohol in the theatre, they serve it to you in a takeout container, and you can get all the food in the lounge without spending the extra money on the ticket. Save your money and just go to the other theatres. Same experience without feeling like you're getting ripped off.


      Jan 28, 2012 at 10:33pm

      What a rip off. We wanted to see The Descendants - but $40 for a couple is ridiculous. Seriously - I don't care how comfy the seats are. We went to another theatre and saw it.


      Jan 30, 2012 at 7:01pm

      Husband and I have been home bound with kids and the same old movie seating has not been enjoyable and worth any amount of money until now!
      The VIP was an excellent and joyful experience and great way to rekindle the fire, its a great way of treating the one you love to a special kind of treatment. Its well worth the $40 for how the economy is treating draining ppl these days, I highly recommend taking in the experince and makeing it special for a couple or a couples night out. Trust me if you don't expect much it gives you more in ways you will notice..and give more that he will notice. : )


      Feb 8, 2012 at 7:16pm

      Awesome experience in the VIP -- a little more pricey but for the right movie its a great treat!


      Mar 26, 2012 at 9:36pm

      I wish you could get the leather chairs with leg rest for all seats in the theatres -- that would be awesome!


      Dec 20, 2014 at 10:18pm

      I had the experience of enjoying different VIP or gold class theatres around the world , but the vip silver city coquitlam theatre was such a disappointment to me . Despite the fact that the vip theatre is new , but the seats and services are not as good as the vip cinema i have been to . I wish they increase the quality of vip theatres here as well .