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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?
David this closed in March.
A city like Philadelphia can’t restore the Boyd? Disgusting. Howard’s right, once it’s gone, it’s gone.
rivest266, do you have an email address where we can reach you? I’ve sent corrections over the years regarding theatres in the Toronto area on your movie-theatre.org web site and they are never corrected or never hear back from you. I’ve sent them to the email address on the web site.
Loved this theatre. It was one of a number of “sixplexes” FP opened around the same time including the Oakville Town Cenre, Gateway Six and Victoria Terrace. Probably would have lasted much longer if the “stadium seating” craze hadn’t hit yet.
Well the only AMC that wasn’t sold to Cineplex or Empire was the Kennedy Commons and that was closed. The AMC Interchange is still AMC and is still open.
This theatre is now closed. The lease expired and was not included in the recent Empire Theatres sale. Would be nice if Rainbow picked it up, they haven’t opened anything in the area in years. Would be a nice compliment to their nearby Rainbow Promenade Mall location.
The dear old Westwood has finally been demolished. After sitting there empty since April of 1998. It is so strange driving by and it’s gone.
How many levels does this theatre have? How many cinemas per level? I remember the old Capitol 6 and the big one on the main floor, 2 and 3 on the next floor and 4,5 and 6 on the next level. Always thought that was a neat way of distributing all the screens throughout the building.
Interesting indeed David, interesting indeed.
No actually if you look on Cineplex.com, it’s called Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, just as the new name of the former Colisseum Mississauga is Cineplex Cinemas Mississauga. Must be a new “brand” for them.
Great! but it’s new name is Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk.
Unfortunately don’t have an “account” with the Wall Street Journal, so unable to see the article. Sounds like a good one, would have liked to see what cinemas are in the works and their “unique” styles….
Went here today and after almost a year from when it was sold to Cineplex, it STILL has the big AMC on it like the photo above. If this was any other business like a grocery store, dept store, restaurant chain etc, it would definitely have the name of the chain on it almost immediately. Surprising that Cineplex Entertainment the dominant theatre chain in Canada has not done this with any of the AMCs they purchased last July. Enjoyed Man of Steel though.
This theatre reopens tomorrow as Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, so status and name need to be changed on here.
I’ve always found it amazing that after all these years, the north shore has not had a modern multiplex with stadium seating and all the bells and whistles. I like the Esplanade and Park & Tilford but would have thought that there would have been a SilverCity type theatre long before this.
It’s official, from today’s Toronto Star, Cineplex taking over this site. http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/movies/2013/04/25/cineplex_pulls_theatre_switcheroo_at_yonge_and_sheppard.html
I heard recently that someone was in Empress Walk and there signs there saying that Cineplex is coming in June, so I guess Cineplex really IS moving up the street from Sheppard Centre. I guess it will get the business now since it will be the only cinema in the area. Unless of course Empire moves in to Sheppard
Any idea David why this one didn’t work out, yet the former Grande down the street seems to do well? They usually showed different types of films with this one getting more of the “blockbuster” type and the Cineplex getting more of the artsy type. With the Hullmark Centre, the Emerald towers and the Gibson towers all opening within the next few years, you would think that the “downtown” of the former North York could handle 20 screens in the neighbourhood. And coming soon too are all the giant towers at City Park Place along Sheppard. Quite interesting.
…and David I still miss it to this day. All these years later.
I remember both of those locations David. Didn’t the Thorncliffe only last a couple of years? I loved The Cinema, saw a few big ones there, but you’re right, seemed like it was definitely in the wrong location at the time. When it opened back in 1967, I remember reading that Famous Players opened it to replace the Tivoli on Richmond St. But that was much closer to Yonge St and all the shopping, restaurants etc…
Another story I’ve read says that the Empress Walk is indeed closing down, but the Cineplex at Sheppard Centre is also closing for exciting renovations. Haven’t read anything about this on the Cineplex web site and there have been no announcements under “press releases” so don’t know what’s going on with either location.