Fun with Google maps!

I have lived in downtown Vancouver for a bit more than five and a half years, now, and I continue to be amazed at the fact that I can live so closely to all the important theatres. Now, thanks to Google, it is possible to trace my routes via satellite imaging! So, just in case anybody’s interested …

this is the exact path I walk whenever I go to the Fifth Avenue Cinema (except I don’t walk around the far side of our apartment building; I cut through the courtyard). The walk across the Burrard Street Bridge is especially nice; it’s much better than the Granville Street Bridge, which doesn’t “feel” so sturdy or secure.

this is pretty much the path I walk whenever I go to the Granville or Capitol theatres (which are across the street from each other).

this is how closely I live to the Pacific Cinematheque (obviously, I don’t make the loop around the block that is depicted here, which I guess a car would have to make).

… and this is definitely not the path I take whenever I walk to the Cinemark Tinseltown theatre — I prefer something more zig-zaggy — but the image at least gives you an idea of the distance. The Tinseltown, by the way, is currently the only theatre in the downtown area that has stadium-style seating, and it is also the only first-run theatre in the downtown area that is not owned (in whole or part) by either Famous Players or Cineplex Odeon.

All of these theatres are within a half-hour’s walk from my place, and it is fairly rare that I have to go any further afield for a press or preview screening. The one major exception is the SilverCity Metropolis theatre in Burnaby, which is the nearest stadium-style theatre to Vancouver that is run by one of the two main Canadian theatre chains. But to get to this theatre, I have to hop on a SkyTrain, and while this set of directions obviously does not follow the public-transit route that I take to get there, the image does at least give a sense of the distance involved.

With any luck, though, my trips to Burnaby may soon be a thing of the past! Famous Players is opening the brand-new Paramount Theatre on the corner of Burrard and Smithe in just a week or two, and that’s just four blocks away! Hopefully it will have all the accoutrements that the SilverCity has.

JUNE 21 UPDATE: And now, this is the route from my place to the Paramount — though I usually cut straight through the courtyard to Burrard and walk straight down the one street.

AUG 21 UPDATE: I have changed the links to take advantage of the new “hybrid” feature, which gives street names to satellite images.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • Mr. Stalker

    Whew. You don’t know how much time you just saved me. Thanks!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07395937367596387523 Peter T Chattaway

    Heh. Well, anybody who knows me knows I spend too much time in theatres. And there are dozens of apartments in my building, so the mere street address won’t tell you much! :)

  • Anonymous

    Cool…and check out this fun!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07395937367596387523 Peter T Chattaway

    “Annotate the planet” — cute!


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