Want to catch a movie or a show and support a local business? Vancouver has many independent theatres you can escape to during this cold snap – and there are tons of local artists, shows, and films on the roster this month. So with that in mind, here are 6 independent theatres to visit in & around Vancouver.

VIFF Centre

VIFF is pretty much the capital of film culture in Western Canada, and for good reason. Founded in 1982, the Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society is a non-profit operating year-round at the VIFF Centre, with tons of past & present films

This month, you can check out a showing of Farewell, Mr. Haffmann, Smoke Sauna Sisterhood, And the Party Goes On, Fallen Leaves, The Settlers, and much more.

Where: 1181 Seymour Street

The Rio


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Now playing Cold Road, Priscilla, Killers of the Flower Moon, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Rio always shows a mix of cult-favourite classics (Fridays at midnight) and newer films – and has been voted the #1 Independent Theatre in Vancouver. The historic, multimedia venue is known for its late-night screenings and concession offerings, which include alcoholic beverages.

Where: 1660 East Broadway

Arts Club Theatre Company

This one’s more for live musical lovers, but a visit to the Arts Club Theatre is always a good time. As the largest not-for-profit urban theatre company in the country, Arts Club offers visitors the chance to see a mix of award-winning drama and comedy performances, musicals, and more.

The beloved theatre company was formed in 1964, and is comprised of three locations across the city: The Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Newmont Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.

This month, visitors can check out “Choir Boy” from January 25th to February 25th on the Stanley Industrial Stage and “Beneath the Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story until February 4th.

Where: 2750 Granville Street, 1585 Johnston Street, and 162 West 1st Avenue


Founded in 1972, the Cinematheque is a film institute and media education centre renowned for its programming on the art and history of cinema – both Canadian and international. Its year-round calendar consists of curated film exhibitions devoted to classic and contemporary films and filmmakers – definitely a must-visit if you’re an aspiring film buff or want to dip your toes into the world of cinema.

Where: 1131 Howe Street

Dunbar Theatre

This cozy neighbourhood theatre is perfect for those days when you want to get out of the house but still stay cozy. Known for their delicious buttery popcorn, you can check out what’s playing on a daily basis and easily grab tickets online.

This week, you can catch a showing of Mean Girls or Hanu Man.

Where: 4555 Dunbar Street

Hollywood Theatre

This classic art deco theatre in Kits has been reimagined as a flexible arts and entertainment space, showing everything from films to touring concerts, to comedy shows. So whether you’re in search of a night out on the town or a specific movie screening, you’ll find plenty of options here.

Where: 3123 West Broadway Street

So there you have it, movie lovers! Here are some fantastic independent theatres to visit the next time you want to catch a show.