From: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Registered: May 2003
posted January 10, 2013 10:46 PM
By Shawn Conner, Vancouver Sun January 10, 2013
The Denman Cinema may now be a Dollarama, but Collingwood Cinemas is open for business.
When they lost the lease on their West End movie house, Naz and Mike Jamshedian began looking for a new theatre. They found the Raja, a Bollywood-centric theatre on Kingsway.
“It’s completely renovated, it’s a much better theatre than the Denman,” Naz Jamshedian said. The 375-seat theatre dates back to 1913.
Since they opened as the Collingwood Nov. 13, the Jamshedians have been screening Bollywood films. Recently, however, they’ve been introducing Hollywood fare. Beginning Jan. 4, the discount theatre has been showing the Denzel Washington thriller Flight. This Saturday night, the Collingwood will present the world premiere of the Vancouver-shot documentary No Joke.
“We’re going to be doing a mix of everything,” Jamshedian said. “The crowd is completely multicultural in that area. We’re going to work with what people want to see. But we’re very open to events, which we’re planning to do more of.”
The Denman screened films as part of the DOXA as well as the South African film festivals, and the Collingwood will host the Vancouver Serbian Film Festival in February.
Jamshedian said that Collingwood will keep its prices in line with those of their previous theatre — $7.95 for adults and $5.95 for kids and seniors. Beginning next Tuesday, the Collingwood is doing toonie Tuesdays.
“We have a real passion for it,” said Jamshedian, who helped run the Denman for two years. “Plus we did so well at the Denman. More than a business, it was a great part of our life, which we want to carry on.”
She said it was always their dream to have their own theatre. “It’s really important to build a community around a movie theatre. It’s a personal thing in an impersonal world.”
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