The Imperial

Vancouver Venue

Originally a Chinese-Language house in the early 70's known as the Golden Harvest, the theatre was a popular destination for watching authentic kung-fu movies. In 2007, after a 2.5 million dollar renovation, Oscar nominated film producer Bill Vince re-opened the doors. Gutting the old theatre to its foundation, Bill was able to successfully turn the rundown Chinese theatre into one of the coolest boutique theatres in the city. Modelled after the Electric Cinema, a multi-purpose venue in London, the theatre’s current incarnation is a cross between a typical art-house screening room and a high-end steak house. Its lobby features a full-service bar with miniature replicas of Qin Dynasty terracotta warriors lining the bar’s counter, a tasteful touch of chinoiserie that acknowledges the venue’s past. In addition to its unique design the theatre was renovated to include a state-of-the-art theatre and ultra-comfy red leather club chairs. The deluxe auditorium and fully functioning bars are only a couple of its allures. Even the washrooms are stunning; the tiled sinks wouldn't look out of place in an ultra-contemporary hotel. A successful marriage between old and new has set the foundation for another page in this 6,000 square foot venue’s storied life.

Type Theatres


Neighbourhood Eastside Downtown

Maximum Capacity 372

Number of Spaces 4

Event Space Indoors Only

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319 Main Street, Vancouver