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Interesting how one country’s capital is booming with cinemas
another country has no more movie complexes in it’s downtown core. I realize that Ottawa isn’t nearly as big as Washington, but you would think a city of this size could have at least ONE cinema complex downtown. Shameful. I pity that the residents who DO live in downtown Ottawa can no longer walk to a movie because of some greedy landlords who can’t come to terms on a lease even when there is a company willing to lease the space and keep the cinemas open.
It’s also called Silvercity Fairview. Never CC Willowdale.
Won’t let me open the article :( Tried the Post web site but couldn’t find it.
Noticed on the Cineplex web site today that the VIP price is now listed at $19.99 instead of the $24.99 that was listed when it was opened.
And it’s now been re-branded as Cineplex Cinemas Queensway & VIP
I wonder why this closing disappeared from the “Closings” blog? It’s no longer there…
They seem to be finally streamlining their brands. I’m quite surprised they have kept the Famous Players brand after all these years, should have been Cineplex Cinemas Canada Square, Cineplex Cinemas Pickering 8 etc…looks like in the future they will only have Cineplex, Galaxy and Silvercity as their brands.
It’s a sad day indeed when the capital city of Canada can’t even support a modern cinema complex in it’s downtown core, even though there is a theatre chain who wants to continue showing films there. Obviously a very narrow minded, short sighted property manager does not see the benefits of having a perfectly decent 7 screen complex in an upscale location as a showcase for films downtown. Shameful.
Wow, they tore THIS down?! Shameful
This theatre is now closed. Unbelievable that the capital city of Canada no longer has any large theatre complex downtown, only the single screen Bytowne and Mayfair. I never did understand why Cineplex had to divest itself of both the Rideau Centre and this one. When Empire took them both, wasn’t THAT a conflict of the rules? I wonder if Cineplex had kept this one, if it would still be open? I was of the understanding that the competition bureau didn’t want one chain having threatres near to each other, but that didn’t happen here. The World Exchange and Rideau were very close to each other.
So glad this is on here. I would have missed the “Funny Girl” anniversary engagements. Why wasn’t it posted to Cinema Treasures like all the others?
Agreed LuisV. Can’t understand it either. Here in Toronto we have 4, The Royal Alex, Elgin / Winter Garden (which is on top of the downstairs Elgin) and the Ed Mirvish (formerly Canon, Pantages, Imperial). I can’t imagine this city without them, especially if there was only ONE
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Hate when people used this site for name calling etc. It’s about the theatres!
Unfortunately can’t read the Tribune article here in Canada. Restricted to U.S. readers only.
Now the ONLY theatre in downtown Kingston! Since Empire abandoned that lovely Capitol 7 and fled to the northern suburbs, but now won’t even be an Empire anymore.
Who says we didn’t understand it David? I just said I preferred the AMCs to others. Nothing to not understand about it…
Jason, do you think that Rainbow / Magic Lantern could make a go of it? They recently took over another Empire reject, the Elgin Mills in Richmond Hill, opening in November.
Jason do you think that Rainbow / Magic Lantern could make this work? They’ve recently taken over another Empire reject, the Elgin Mills in Richmond Hill, re-opening in November.
The map view is wrong on this cinema. It was at the Sheridan Mall on Erin Mills Pkwy, just north of the QEW
Good news! The Elgin Mills cinemas are re-opening in November as the Rainbow Elgin Mills. It’s already on their web site. Too bad this didn’t happen with the Sheppard Centre cinemas or the Kennedy Commons. Oh well, great news for Richmond Hill residents.
The movie going business is very strange indeed. Here in Toronto, Cineplex moved in to the former Empire Empress walk and closed their perfectly lovely Sheppard Centre. With the thousands of condos under construction right in that area, you would think it could support a theatre with more than 10 screens!
Interesting Jason that the Odeon is still going strong across the corner, yet this one doesn’t. Very strange indeed.
What a shame. Still looks like a viable theatre, interesting architecture according to all the photos on Cinema Tour. This will leave downtown Victoria with only one major theatre complex, the Odeon. Does every cinema nowadays HAVE to have stadium seating?
It was originally a Famous Players theatre upon opening. Like David said, Empire took it over after Cineplex bought FP and had to divest certain theatres. What I’ve always wondered is WHY did Empire get both this and World Exchange? Shouldn’t one have been kept by Cineplex to avoid being a monopoly downtown? Wasn’t that the point of Cineplex having to sell off competing locations?