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Paramount Theatre Closing

Paramount Theatre Closing

Postby Evan » Mar 2nd, 2016, 2:44 pm

I'm not seeing this posted anywhere... Apparently it's shutting down in May.

Very sad. A lot of less well known, smaller films play here.. I wonder where they will go? Or if Kelowna will be going without seeing these wonderful less mainstream films??

Sad.
The Paramount Theatre in Kelowna will show its final movie later this year.

The iconic downtown theatre has a new owner who is expected to repurpose the theatre.

Since an official application has not yet come before the city, planner Terry Barton said he is not able to formally comment.

"It has changed hands so there is a different proponent," said Barton.

"They are looking at doing, call it an adaptive re-use of the theatre, likely to another commercial, likely a restaurant. But, it's just in the inquiry stage at this point so I'm not at liberty to say."

Barton said he will be able to comment once a formal application is made, but doesn't know when that will be.

"It likely would need a form and character development permit which would need to go to council."

He expects to know more within a month or so.

Bill Walker, COO of Landmark Cinemas which runs the Paramount said he wasn't completely surprised at the announcement.

With the shift to newer, larger multiplex theatres, downtown cinemas are not doing as well as they have in the past.

He was pleased the Paramount was able to fill a void in the market by showing more eclectic, Indie type films. He said the company hopes to continue that tradition at the Grand 10 and Extreme 8 in West Kelowna.

Walker doesn't know exactly when the Paramount will close down but expects it to be sooner than the 90 days they were given by the owner.

A special sendoff will be planned.

The Paramount opened in June of 1949 with just one screen. It was later turned into a triplex.

It will be the second downtown movie theatre to shut down.

The Uptown Cinema, around the corner on Water Street shut down in 2000. That theatre, now the Living Faith Miracle Centre, opened with two screens in the mid 1970's.

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Re: Paramount Theatre Closing

Postby GordonH » Mar 2nd, 2016, 2:52 pm

Last downtown movie theatre is shutting down, just one more reason to avoid the downtown core. This was the only reason I ever did go downtown core.

Added: curious to know whats going in that owner wants Landmark theatre out.

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Re: Paramount Theatre Closing

Postby Bman » Mar 2nd, 2016, 4:33 pm

They say they're putting a restaurant in there.
Yup. Another downtown restaurant.
Just what we need.
If it doesn't survive they can always put a thrift store in the location. Or a dozen Starbucks. It's big enough.
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Re: Paramount Theatre Closing

Postby Catri » Mar 2nd, 2016, 4:49 pm

I guess it had to happen sometime. I don't watch movies in the theatre anymore, so I suppose I'm part of the problem, but I have many fond memories of the Paramount and the Red and Blue from my movie-going youth.
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Re: Paramount Theatre Closing

Postby the truth » Mar 2nd, 2016, 4:54 pm

GordonH wrote:Last downtown movie theatre is shutting down, just one more reason to avoid the downtown core. This was the only reason I ever did go downtown core.

Added: curious to know whats going in that owner wants Landmark theatre out.


same here, only reason I will go downtown now is a rockets game, unless they clean up all the drug dealers and junkies
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Re: Paramount Theatre Closing

Postby JLives » Mar 2nd, 2016, 4:57 pm

Bman wrote:They say they're putting a restaurant in there.
Yup. Another downtown restaurant.
Just what we need.
If it doesn't survive they can always put a thrift store in the location. Or a dozen Starbucks. It's big enough.


I would like a place with live music, pool tables, good food, drinks, games and dancing that the whole family can go to. There is more than enough of us in walking distance of the place to make it a popular spot.
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Re: Paramount Theatre Closing

Postby GordonH » Mar 2nd, 2016, 5:03 pm

^^^ I suspect something that will attract the new hotel crowd.

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Re: Paramount Theatre Closing

Postby Atomoa » Mar 2nd, 2016, 5:38 pm

Movie theaters bring people downtown, who either have dinner before a movie or coffee / drinks afterwards. This is a loss for downtown and Kelowna.

I saw Ferris Bueller's Day Off there years ago on a re-release. Memories.
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Re: Paramount Theatre Closing

Postby Evan » Mar 2nd, 2016, 6:32 pm

The thing I love about the smaller theatres, is they tend to show the smaller films. I recall being able to catch Milk at The Paramount, when no one else in the okanagan would show it.. The theatre beside me (where I live now) is a smaller theatre, and it is the only one that has shown "Brooklyn", and will be showing "Where to Invade Next" soon.

I love that. I love being able to catch artsy, and less mainstream films at these smaller houses. It's a definite loss for Kelowna when it comes to more unique films. Hopefully the Grand 10 can pick up some of the slack.
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Re: Paramount Theatre Closing

Postby Jlabute » Mar 2nd, 2016, 6:38 pm

Replaced by Netflix. The newer theatres are better.
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Re: Paramount Theatre Closing

Postby JLives » Mar 2nd, 2016, 6:44 pm

Evan wrote:The thing I love about the smaller theatres, is they tend to show the smaller films. I recall being able to catch Milk at The Paramount, when no one else in the okanagan would show it.. The theatre beside me (where I live now) is a smaller theatre, and it is the only one that has shown "Brooklyn", and will be showing "Where to Invade Next" soon.

I love that. I love being able to catch artsy, and less mainstream films at these smaller houses. It's a definite loss for Kelowna when it comes to more unique films. Hopefully the Grand 10 can pick up some of the slack.


I will miss that part too. That last film I watched there was Blackfish. I went to an adult cartoon shorts festival there once that was pretty cool too.
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Re: Paramount Theatre Closing

Postby GordonH » Mar 2nd, 2016, 6:47 pm

Jlabute wrote:Replaced by Netflix. The newer theatres are better.


Unless you have built a theatre in your home with the sound system, if not Netflix is not the same.

Newer usual only brings in what those top hollywood blockbuster, Paramount would bring in smaller not as well known films along with the other I mentioned.
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Re: Paramount Theatre Closing

Postby 60-YEARS-in-Ktown » Mar 2nd, 2016, 6:52 pm

I sure hope they save the sign..preferrably keep it in place...
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Re: Paramount Theatre Closing

Postby Evan » Mar 2nd, 2016, 6:56 pm

I read somewhere that the Marquee would be staying, as it is an icon.
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Re: Paramount Theatre Closing

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