Cottonwood 4 Cinemas – Pulse Spotlight – 11.14.11

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Our Pulse Spotlights aren’t always about discovering hidden gems in the Fraser Valley, they’re about sharing well-loved businesses too! In a world of big box movie cinemas, we were so excited when we learned that the beloved Cottonwood 4 Cinema’s in Chilliwack is, and always has been, a family run business.

Since they first opened the doors in 1995, Cottonwood 4 Cinemas has always been a great destination. In addition to being a huge part of many first date memories, this cinema is also known as the local spot for affordable family fun! With affordable admission prices,$6 for adults and $5 for children, you really can take the whole gang without breaking the bank!

Fraser Valley Pulse Spotlight: Cottonwood 4 Cinemas

Mother and daughter team Cathy Rayner and Pauline Lamb purchased the theatre from the original owners 3 years ago. Since Cathy had been their bookkeeper for a number of years before the cinema was put up for sale, she jumped at the opportunity to keep it a family business. It didn’t take long before she convinced her mom Pauline to join in on the adventure, and the two now divide up the management tasks between them.

Fraser Valley Pulse Spotlight: Cottonwood 4 Cinemas

Intent on keeping much of the original feel of the theatre, no drastic renovations were completed during the recent upgrades, with the exception of the new 3D screen addition! Even the smaller renovations that were done (touch of paint here, change of decorations there) were all done with the kind of love only a family business brings. Many of the decorations for movies and for holidays are designed by Cathy and Pauline, who source local supplies as much as they can. Even the velvet ropes leading up to the concession stand were re-covered by Pauline’s mother!

Fraser Valley Pulse Spotlight: Cottonwood 4 Cinemas

The family feel here doesn’t end with those who are actually related either – it extends to their employee team as well. Many team players here are trained in several different areas to help make the customer experience better. Don’t be too surprised if you find the projectionist popping behind the concession counter to lend a helping hand! Even with this great team, Pauline still loves working the admission booth and interacting with the people coming into her theatre. With 500 seats in the building, she loves getting to get to know all the different guests coming into a see a movie, if only for a few minutes!

Weekly specials at this Chilliwack movie theatre make movie nights even more affordable. On Tuesdays, all admissions are only $3.50 ($6.50 if 3D) and visiting on a Wednesday night will get you free popcorn for every regular priced admission! Worried about not getting to see the new releases? Just be patient. Cottonwood 4 Cinemas does get all the same movies as the bigger theatre chains, it might just take a few extra weeks. And in this economy, we think this is a small price to pay for affordability!

Fraser Valley Pulse Spotlight: Cottonwood 4 Cinemas

Fraser Valley Pulse Spotlight: Cottonwood 4 Cinemas

Another advantage of supporting local community theatres means more variety in weekly movie showings. On now is Cottonwood 4’s Art Film Series, which showcases a new independent art film every week until mid-December (2011). Art Film showings will take place every Sunday and Monday, and everyone is welcome.

Fraser Valley Pulse Spotlight: Cottonwood 4 Cinemas

Thankful for their community, Cathy and Pauline are always looking for ways to give back. Each holiday season they offer concession discounts to guests that bring in a canned good for their food drive, and donation cups can always be found near the admission booths.

Cathy and Pauline would love to welcome one of our readers and three of their friends to Cottonwood 4 Cinemas! Please leave a note below to be entered to win a 4 pack of admission tickets.

Winner will be chosen at random on November 25, 2011.

Update: Congratulations to our winner, Taylor. Have fun!

Cottonwood 4 Cinemas
45380 Luckakuck Way,
Ring: 604.858.6029

Contributor: Shannon Clattenburg

Shannon Clattenburg is a creative spirit first and a freelance writer second. She is a features writer for Fraser Valley Pulse and has a love for uncovering hidden gems throughout the Fraser Valley . She lives in Chilliwack with her boyfriend and her doggy Rolo. Twitter: @OrdinaryShan

20 Responses to “Cottonwood 4 Cinemas – Pulse Spotlight – 11.14.11”

  1. Kathleen says:

    I love that you are a mother/daughter/family team keeping part of chilliwack’s story alive.

  2. crystal baker says:

    Love cottonwood 4!!! Thanks for the opportunity! Would love to win!!

  3. Sherry says:

    It’s great to hear of a theatre outside of Vancouver bringing in independent films :D

  4. Darin says:

    Very nice to see a spotlight shine on the ‘little’ guy rather than all the big boxes!

  5. Renee says:

    Lovve your theatre concept!!! hope I win ;) :)

  6. Taylor says:

    I love cottonwood 4. I’ve been coming for years!

  7. We LOVE Cottonwood 4! They throw AWESOME birthday parties!

  8. Erin says:

    Service with a smile and affordable too :)

  9. Tammy McNulty says:

    We love Cottonwood 4…always have and yes, I do have a few first date memories there as well :)

  10. Lorraine says:

    Never been to Cottonwood 4!! Wow, I can’t believe that, actually… I live in Abbotsford, but still… you’d think…

  11. Rose says:

    I love going there for movies!

  12. Cheryl Tall says:

    I love the movies. Haven’t been to this theater, yet, but would love to check it out.

  13. Kimberly says:

    Would love to go to the movies! :)

  14. sharon rickaby says:

    My family & I have many good memories of this theatre,like the persoanl touch unlike the big box theatres.

  15. Tracey says:

    I would love to visit your great little theatre, away from the throngs of the multi-plex! Please enter me in the draw :))

  16. Amy says:

    I love this theatre – I’d much rather support this family run business rather than the super expensive alternative!

  17. Rhonda says:

    Love Cottonwood! Can take the family to the movies and afford snacks lol! Thanx for the chance.

  18. Andrea B. says:

    Sounds like a neat theatre,would like to check it out!

  19. Chris says:

    A true community theatre!
    Thank you for all the special touches.

  20. Pauline Lamb says:

    Thank you everyone for your lovely comments. My daughter and I are always looking for ways to make our theatre special, just for you and your family. Please check out our website to see all the special events we have for Christmas. We are having a toy drive, a food drive, lots of fun for the kids and a chance to win free movies for a year! Thanks everyone from Pauline and Cathy, mother and daughter team from Cottonwood4Cinemas.

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