Imperial Vancouver - A Multi-Use Facility in Downtown Vancouver
A resurrection of the building that once housed an Asian movie theater, Imperial in Vancouver now serves as a multimedia event facility available for corporate and private events. Imagined as a cross between "your typical art-house screening room and a high-end steak house," Imperial gives a nod to its heritage with tasteful chinoiserie decor and overall provides a high-tech, comfortable event experience.
For years, the building that was to become the Imperial in Vancouver sat abandoned. In the early 70s, it had served as a Chinese-language movie theatre called Golden Harvest; their specialty was authentic kung-fu movies. For years it sat abandoned, until Oscar-nominated film producer Bill Vance renovated it and reopened it in 2007 as District 319, a boutique theatre. But when he died of cancer just a year later, the building was up for grabs again. It fell to Chris Ball, Scott Emslie, Baxter Wilson and Ken Phelan to reimagine the movie theatre as Imperial, a multi-use facility that celebrated its official opening on June 13, 2013.
There is literally no limit to the kinds of events that the Imperial Vancouver is prepared to host. Although concerts are some of the more popular events here, they also serve as a venue for corporate events, fundraisers, fashion shows, sit-down dinners, weddings and other private events. Imperial is exceedingly flexible and even seems to savor the challenge of converting its space to accommodate new kinds of events. It doesn't matter what local businesses and organizations want to bring into the space; Imperial swears it can make it happen.
Imperial Seating Layout
The Imperial in Vancouver features 6,000 square feet and can support a maximum capacity of around 370 guests, depending on the event and the necessary layout. Speaking of which, its flexible floor plan means event hosts have a lot of say in how the venue is arranged. Imperial boasts world-class audio and lighting facilities, a dance floor, two fully functioning bars and a collection of plush removable seats saved from Bill Vance's theater.
The Imperial was designed to represent a cross between the old and the new. The club maintains aspects of the building's heritage reflected in the Qin Dynasty terracotta warriors on a shelf encircling the bar and live koi fish in the lounge aquarium.
Vancouver, British Columbia
As long as you're in Vancouver, get out and explore the city. The Museum of Anthropology contains fascinating exhibits on local indigenous populations, and the magnificent Seawall provides excellent views and opportunities for walking or biking. Looking for other live entertainment venues? You may also be interested in checking out The Rickshaw Theatre.
The design for Imperial in Vancouver was based on London's Electric Cinema, a similar multi-use venue.