A HUGE outdoor patio is planned for Cineplex's new Vancouver Rec Room

May 1 2019, 9:53 pm

While it likely won’t be ready for us during patio season in Vancouver this year, Cineplex’s new Rec Room entertainment centre concept already has us excited about its outdoor space.

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The massive new entertainment centre is going in the former Empire Granville 7 theatre complex at 855 Granville Street, and its blueprints boast a massive 61-person interior and 314-person capacity outdoor patio.

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Updated 2018 design of the Empire Granville 7 theatres redevelopment at 855 Granville Street in downtown Vancouver. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership / CBRE)

Altogether, the entire complex — including the 1893-built Palms Hotel and the 1938-built Paradise Theatre — spans 70,000-sq-ft of floor area.

Cineplex’s recently launched Rec Room concept is known for containing features such as over 100 arcade games and simulators, a bowling alley, and a variety of dining options, including upscale restaurants and sports bars.

This is essentially an evolution of the company’s former Playdium concept. The Rec Room’s operational hours could extend to up to 3 am daily.

The sports bar at Cineplex’s The Rec Room in South Edmonton. (Cineplex)

Some Rec Rooms are a part of Cineplex’s theatre locations, such as the upcoming Rec Room planned for the future The Amazing Brentwood shopping mall in Burnaby, which will span 64,700-sq-ft of floor area, including 20,700-sq-ft for a VIP Cinemas location with five auditoriums.

It is not known whether this location will also contain a handful of VIP Cinemas auditoriums, as this is a large theatre space that can certainly fit new auditoriums to diversify the offerings of the Rec Room.

But a Rec Room attached to a theatre complex is more of an exception amongst the brand’s growing number of locations across Canada, with Cineplex pursuing a standalone entertainment destination business model for the majority of them.

We’ll keep you posted on more details about this unreal new patio opening in the heart of downtown Vancouver as they come, but for now, read more about what you can expect from the Rec Room entertainment centre’s concept as a whole.

With files from Kenneth Chan. 

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