Cineplex opening Rec Room entertainment centre on Granville in 2021

Half of the 45,000 square-feet of space will be devoted to dining and live entertainment and the other half devoted to games and feature attractions.

Cineplex announced plans to open a new location of The Rec Room on Granville Street in downtown Vancouver. Cineplex / PNG

Cineplex announced Tuesday that it will open a 45,000 square-foot entertainment complex in the old Empire 7 cinema on Granville Street in 2021.

Construction on The Rec Room Granville, which will include a live performance venue, arcade, dining options and a rooftop patio, is scheduled to begin next year.

“It’s 45,000 feet of fun,” said Cineplex spokeswoman Tiana McPhee. “Cineplex entertains 70 million Canadians every year and The Rec Room is an amalgamation of everything we do best.”

Everything but show movies.

The Rec Room Granville, despite being owned by Cineplex and located in a former movie multiplex, will not contain a movie theatre and will not threaten the existence of Cineplex’s nine-screen Scotiabank Theatre, located nearby at 900 Burrard Street.

Approximately half of the space will be devoted to dining and live entertainment and the other half devoted to more than 100 amusement games and feature attractions.

Renovation taking place on 855 Granville Street which will further consolidate and modernize the three buildings with a brilliant new articulated glazed look while respecting the existing heritage building facades in Vancouver, BC., January 23, 2019. Cineplex will open at Rec Room in the location in 2021. NICK PROCAYLO / PNG

The mammoth block at 855 Granville Street, in the centre of the city’s entertainment district, has sat empty since 2012, when Empire 7 closed for good.

In a press release, Cineplex says the facility will contain an upscale casual restaurant called Three10, a quick-serve dining area called The Shed, and several bars throughout the space “where sports fans and cocktail lovers alike can grab a drink.”

The Rec Room, a 40,000-square-foot entertainment space that includes games, food and live entertainment at Roundhouse Park in Toronto. Tyler Anderson/Naitonal Post / Tyler Anderson/National Post

The live performance space will feature musical acts along with comedy shows, trivia nights, karaoke and live DJs

“We’ve hosted everything from roller derbies to boxing match weigh-ins to Ted Talk X events,” said McPhee.

Cineplex operates seven other Rec Room locations in south Edmonton, West Edmonton Mall, Calgary, Toronto, London, Ont., Mississauga and St. John’s (NFLD), with three more  locations coming soon including one in Burnaby’s Brentwood Mall, expected to open later this year.

The Rec Room will feature several bars and eateries. Tyler Anderson/Naitonal Post / Tyler Anderson/National Post

Half to the 45,000-square-feet of space will be devoted to amusement games. Tyler Anderson/Naitonal Post / Tyler Anderson/National Post




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