Neighbourhood cinemas: cheap, close, current and comfy

The Dolphin on E. Hastings in Burnaby near SFU
The Dolphin on E. Hastings in Burnaby near SFU

Took in the charming Julie and Julia at my favourite neighbourhood cinema this past weekend: the Dolphin Theatre at 4555 E. Hastings in Burnaby.

It’s not actually in my ‘hood–I live on Bowen Island–but I drive by on my way up to SFU on Burnaby Mountain once a week and I always slow down long enough to check what’s playing. There are two films, newish, usually well-reviewed and one’s always something appropriate for family viewing.

After a recent reno, the lobby is still plain and simple but the cinemas feature plush new high-backed seats worthy of a Hollywood’s agent’s private screening room. (In fact, it often feels like your own private screening at the Dolphin; I’ve never seen the place full.)

I like to come for the early weekend matinees–I can be in by 1, out by 3 and still have time on either side of the day for errands, visits and the ferry ride back home. I like that I don’t have to pay for parking, and that admission is cheap whether you come in the day or evening–just $7.95 for adults (and only $5.95 on Tuesdays).

When I lived near UBC in Point Grey, I used to frequent the Ridge Theatre on Arbutus. But there must be other great neighbourhood-sized cinemas still out there in the Metro Vancouver area–care to share?

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