New mural on the construction site of the Cineplex playroom in downtown Vancouver

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A public art mural on wood planks was recently installed at the construction site of Cineplex’s new playroom in downtown Vancouver.Construction is well underway on the rec room at 855 Granville Street, with crews well engaged in the process of gutting the interior of what was previously the Empire Granville 7 theaters.

The mural by local artist Irvin Hernandez was funded by Arterra Wines, the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association helping to coordinate the installation.

Construction on the project, which is expected to help revitalize the Granville Entertainment District, began early this year and is expected to be completed at the end of 2021.

New mural at 855, rue Granville; Construction progress on Cineplex’s The Rec Room in downtown Vancouver, starting September 17, 2020 (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

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New mural at 855, rue Granville; Construction progress on Cineplex’s The Rec Room in downtown Vancouver, starting September 17, 2020 (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

The redevelopment includes three buildings that formed the theater complex, with the facades of two heritage structures – built in 1893 and 1913 – restored and adapted to the uses of the games room.

Empire Theater closed the seven auditorium location in 2012, and the complex has remained unused since. The property is owned by Cineplex, which has previously attempted to lease an earlier version of the redevelopment for retail and office purposes.

The new entertainment center will have a total area of ​​approximately 45,000 square feet, including an 11,000 square foot shows and events base in the basement that can accommodate up to 640 people.

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August 2019 design by 855 Granville Street, Vancouver for The Rec Room Granville by Cineplex. (Musson Cattell Mackey / Cineplex Partnership)

855, rue Granville, games room

August 2019 design by 855 Granville Street, Vancouver for The Rec Room Granville by Cineplex. (Musson Cattell Mackey / Cineplex Partnership)

The space of the building is roughly divided into two uses; half will be devoted to catering and live entertainment, while the other half will be devoted to entertainment games and attractions.

The games room will feature a play area with over 100 fun games including air hockey, billiards, table tennis, as well as the latest immersive virtual reality experiences and luxury bowling.

There will be several dining options, such as Three10, an upscale casual eatery that will feature a menu of shareable and artisan fare.

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August 2019 design by 855 Granville Street, Vancouver for The Rec Room Granville by Cineplex. (Musson Cattell Mackey / Cineplex Partnership)

855, rue Granville, games room

August 2019 design by 855 Granville Street, Vancouver for The Rec Room Granville by Cineplex. (Musson Cattell Mackey / Cineplex Partnership)

Several bars spread across the space will allow sports fans and cocktail lovers to have a drink, eat and watch the big game on large screens. A large patio space on the roof is also planned.

Cineplex originally planned to open Metro Vancouver’s first The Rec Room location at The Amazing Brentwood last summer, but this was delayed due to COVID-19. The Brentwood location also includes five VIP Cinemas auditoriums for a total capacity of approximately 380 spectators in luxury reclining seats.



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