Beer Could Be Coming to Vancouver’s Cineplex Cinemas Fifth Avenue

Photo credit: rpb1001 | Flickr

Photo credit: rpb1001 | Flickr

Vancouver moviegoers may soon be able to enjoy a beer with their popcorn at one of the city’s larger theatres.

City council is currently considering granting a liquor license to Cineplex Cinemas Fifth Avenue. Located on Burrard Street, the five-screen theatre is owned by one of Canada’s biggest entertainment companies and would be the first multiplex in the city to allow drinking.

In an interesting twist, however, the 849-seat theatre would also become an adults-only venue under the new plan. Only 19+ patrons would be admitted into the cinema, where they could enjoy wine or beer from noon to 11 p.m., provided that movies are screening at the time. Continue reading:
Beer Could Be Coming to Vancouver’s Cineplex Cinemas Fifth Avenue

Star Wars burlesque returns

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Photo courtesy Zemekiss Photography.

A popular burlesque take-off on one of pop culture’s most enduring franchises returns for a run this July.

A Nude Hope is a tribute to Star Wars featuring Luke Skywalker and company in a way you’ve never seen them. From a Death Star dance to a roller-derbying R2D2 and a biker chick Chewbacca, the production entertains with a show that has been described as “Star Wars meets Moulin Rouge and the Muppet Show.” A Nude Hope, which premiered at the Rio Theatre in East Vancouver two years ago, is coming back for an 11 performance run at Granville Island’s Waterfront Theatre July 8 – 19.

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Star Wars burlesque returns

William Shatner, Carrie Fisher and Shannen Doherty announced for Fan Expo Vancouver 2015

William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek.

William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek.

Princess Leia, Captain Kirk and, uhm, Brenda Walsh will be among the guests at this year’s Vancouver Fan Expo. And for the first time, it will be the real – or at least, original – versions of Leia and Kirk, and not people in costumes. (We’re not sure if anyone’s turned up in the guise of Beverley Hills 90210’s Brenda Walsh, but probably.)

So William Shatner, Carrie Fisher and Shannen Doherty – those are three big names. But who else is coming to this year’s Fan Expo Vancouver? Well, plenty, as it turns out.

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William Shatner, Carrie Fisher and Shannen Doherty announced for Fan Expo Vancouver 2015

Movies Italian-style at the 2015 Vancouver Italian Film Festival

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Scene from Those Happy Years, screening at the second annual Italian Film Festival at Vancity Theatre.

Ah, Italian cinema! Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Federico Fellini, Vittorio De Sica – all of the greats and more will be represented at this year’s Vancouver Italian Film Festival at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) between Jan 9-14.

Now in its second year, the festival celebrates movies from Italy, then and now, from classics like Marriage Italian Style and 8 1/2 to new movies like Those Happy Years and A Five Star Life. Along with screenings, the film festival will feature a photo exhibition devoted to Sophia Loren and other special events. Here are some highlights.

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Movies Italian-style at the 2015 Vancouver Italian Film Festival

Where to watch holiday movies in Vancouver

Vancity Theatre is showing The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Vancity Theatre is showing The Muppet Christmas Carol Dec. 21.

Vancouver movie theatres are opening up their screens once again this holiday season. This year’s crop of special Christmas-y type screenings include a selection of free movies at the Vogue Theatre, a tussle between Vancity and Scotiabank to lure in people who can’t get enough of It’s a Wonderful Life, and perhaps the most faithful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol ever attempted – by Muppets. But what we want to know is – who’s screening Bad Santa?

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