Visit The Cinematheque

Update: July 1, 2021

With B.C. moving to Step 3 in its restart plan, you can expect to see some changes in the theatre implemented in phases over the coming weeks and months. As we gradually increase capacity and navigate the transition to post-pandemic operations, we are committed to ensuring the comfort and safety of our staff, volunteers, and patrons. Our staff and volunteers will continue to wear masks at this time and we encourage our patrons to do the same. Concession is available to order in-person at the Box Office and will be delivered to your seat. 

From July 8, the cinema’s maximum seating capacity will increase to 61 (previously 44). When purchasing tickets, a buffer seat will be automatically held to the left and right of your selected seat(s) to allow for distance between groups in the theatre. The new seating map can be found here, along with a comprehensive outline of our health and safety protocols.

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Our 153-seat theatre is in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, served by extensive transit links and surrounded by on-street metered parking. Box Office opens 30 minutes prior to the first screening of the day. Our theatre and washrooms are wheelchair accessible. For more accessibility information, please click here.

The Cinematheque theatre is available to rent. Click here for more info.

What to expect when visiting The Cinematheque

We have developed a comprehensive set of protocols to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep our patrons, staff, volunteers, and wider community safe. You can read a full breakdown here.

Ticket Rates

General (18+)
Student or Senior (65+)

Multi-film ticket packs are available for purchase at a discounted rate from our Gift Shop. Ticket rates may vary for special events.

Film Club, our family matinée series, has the reduced admission rate of $6 (ages 13 and under) and $10 (everyone else).

The Cinematheque Box Office opens 30 minutes prior to the first screening of the day.
Tickets can be purchased in advance online or during screening hours at our Box Office.

$3 Annual Membership

Unless otherwise indicated, a $3 annual membership is required for anyone aged 18+ attending a screening. Memberships can be purchased online when buying a ticket, or at Box Office. Screenings are restricted to 18+ unless otherwise indicated.

The Cinematheque is recognized as an exempt non-profit film society under the B.C. Motion Picture Act, and as such is able to screen films that have not been reviewed by Consumer Protection BC. Under this act, all persons attending our screenings must be members of the Pacific Cinémathèque Pacifique Society and be 18 years of age or older. We are responsible for operating in compliance with both the B.C. Motion Picture Act and Consumer Protection BC.

Some films will be exempt from the membership requirement, meaning patrons under 18 may be able to attend. This will be noted with a Consumer Protection BC classification on the individual event descriptions in our Program Guide and/or on this website.

Theatre Address

The Cinematheque
1131 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6Z 2L7

You will find our box office, theatre, and administration offices at 1131 Howe Street, between Helmcken and Davie. Click on the map to find us on Google Maps.

Numerous bus routes stop along the 1100 block of Granville Street, including #4, #6, #10, #14, and #50. Get off between Helmcken and Davie on Granville and walk one block west. You'll see us on Howe Street. Plan your journey using the TransLink website.

If you're coming by car, you will find on-street pay parking on all of the streets surrounding our theatre, as well as parking lots in the Holiday Inn (1110 Howe Street) across the street from us.


We have a selection of concession orders available to purchase in-person at Box Office. These include our delicious popcorn, Daniel Chocolates, fountain soda, and hot beverages.

Your order will be delivered to your assigned seat before the film starts, avoiding the need to line up in the lobby.

The Cinematheque Office, Library & Archive

The Cinematheque
200 – 1131 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6Z 2L7

If you are planning to visit during office hours, whether it is to use our Film Reference Library, deliver something to our offices, or to meet with our administrative staff, you will need to access our office via our lane entrance, behind the theatre (between Howe and Hornby).

Office Hours: 9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday
(Access to administration offices via laneway)

Tel: 604 688 8202
Fax: 604 688 8204

General inquiries & feedback: