Cineplex VIP Cinemas at The Amazing Brentwood mall now open (PHOTOS)

Jul 7 2021, 12:47 pm

As of today, the Lower Mainland’s third Cineplex VIP Cinemas location is open at The Amazing Brentwood (TAB) in Burnaby.

There are five adult-only (19+) auditoriums, with a combined capacity of 380 seats, spanning a space of 21,000 sq ft.

Unlike the region’s other Cineplex locations with VIP options — Park Royal, Marine Gateway, Coquitlam, and Abbotsford — there are no traditional auditoriums at Brentwood; this is the second VIP-only Cineplex location in Canada.

Cineplex VIP Cinemas Brentwood spans the third level of the new mall expansion, with high floor-to-ceiling windows enclosing the 75-person capacity licensed lounge and expansive common areas, allowing ample natural light to pour in.

It overlooks the outdoor plaza down below, and provides views of the surrounding Brentwood area and the Metrotown skyline in the distance.

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Cineplex VIP Cinemas Brentwood at The Amazing Brentwood. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Cineplex VIP Cinemas Brentwood The Amazing Brentwood

Cineplex VIP Cinemas Brentwood at The Amazing Brentwood. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

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Plaza view of The Amazing Brentwood from Cineplex VIP Cinemas Brentwood. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

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The Burnaby Metrotown skyline from the lounge at Cineplex VIP Cinemas Brentwood at The Amazing Brentwood. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Just like the company’s other VIP locations, guests can enjoy a wide selection of food and drinks, including liquor and traditional concessions, in the lounge before and after the screening. But if they arrive closer to the start time of the movie, they can order from their auditorium seat.

Each auditorium seat is a luxuriously wide, padded recliner with a footrest, complete with ample space for food and beverages. All seats also carry the option for heating.

For the time being, as a health safety measure, the Brentwood theatre is operating at a reduced 50-person capacity or 50% of regular capacity per auditorium, whichever is greater. This adds to the practices of reserved seating for pre-planned physical distancing and enhanced cleaning between screenings.

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Cineplex VIP Cinemas Brentwood at The Amazing Brentwood. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Cineplex VIP Cinemas Brentwood The Amazing Brentwood

Cineplex VIP Cinemas Brentwood at The Amazing Brentwood. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

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Cineplex VIP Cinemas Brentwood at The Amazing Brentwood. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Cineplex VIP Cinemas Brentwood The Amazing Brentwood

Cineplex VIP Cinemas Brentwood at The Amazing Brentwood. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

The opening of the Brentwood location coincides with two major new releases — F9: The Fast Saga and Marvel’s Black Widow.

For Cineplex, their VIP Cinemas location at TAB carries the distinction of being co-located with their The Rec Room entertainment hub, which is immediately below the theatre on the second level.

Metro Vancouver’s first The Rec Room opened at TAB on Monday, featuring nearly 100 arcades and video games, a casual sit-down restaurant called Three10, a sports bar, a grab-and-go concession, and spaces for live performances and private events, all within 43,000 sq ft.

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Cineplex VIP Cinemas Brentwood (upper level) and The Rec Room (bottom level) at The Amazing Brentwood. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

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Cineplex’s The Rec Room at The Amazing Brentwood. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

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Cineplex’s The Rec Room at The Amazing Brentwood. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

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Cineplex’s The Rec Room at The Amazing Brentwood. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

“This is the closest one we have, with a theatre literally sitting on top of The Rec Room,” Ken Mont, the executive director of operations of BC Southwest for Cineplex, told Daily Hive Urbanized.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to come in, see a 7 pm show, be out by 10 pm, head downstairs to The Rec Room, play some games or get some drinks, or vice versa and come up here and start with some appetizers, dessert, and film. We hope there’s a bit of synergy there with people moving between the two spaces.”

Cineplex’s next major addition for Metro Vancouver is a 45,000-sq-ft, three-level The Rec Room location at 855 Granville Street, right across from the Commodore Ballroom, in downtown Vancouver. This location uniquely includes an 11,000-sq-ft basement entertainment venue with a capacity for about 650 people. Construction began last year, and an opening is anticipated in 2022.

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Cineplex’s The Rec Room at The Amazing Brentwood. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

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Cineplex’s The Rec Room at The Amazing Brentwood. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

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Cineplex’s The Rec Room at The Amazing Brentwood. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

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