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A second screen was added in 1968/69.
This single screen theatre was the second in Lethbridge to be upgraded to Dolby Stereo. Its programming was also usually geared towards family-friendly films i.e. Disney movies would open in Lethbridge here, as the seating size was in between that of the Paramount and its second screen. It was closed in 1994 shortly after running The Lion King and was reopened very briefly as a live theatre venue. It was demolished when Walmart moved out of the College Mall and the mall space was repurposed as a strip mall.
Seating in all auditoriums is “sightline”, which is a compromise between stadium and standard seating. Sound is DTS (now Datasat), and I believe one or two screens were THX certified. All info predates acquisition by Empire.
I worked at this theatre from summer 2003-05, when I was attending university. The 14 screens were laid out in mirror image (7 north, 7 south) consisting of 2 screens seating 440 each (I’m assuming one of these was converted to UltraAVX), 2 seating 300+, 4 seating 207, and 6 seating 161. All are stadium seating, with Dolby Digital sound systems and Dolby Digital Surround EX in the largest 4 (as of 2005). All screens were running refurbed Cinemeccanica Victoria 8s for projection, with all new lamphouses. The theatre is a clone of the Sunridge Spectrum in Calgary, though I cannot account for the difference in seating, although seating numbers will likely be different now due to the UltraAVX auditorium.
The Park Place Cinemas were always run by Cineplex Odeon and opened in 1988, not 1998. As part of Cineplex Entertainment’s rebranding of locations in cities smaller than 500,000, it was renamed Galaxy, which was a smaller chain acquired by Cineplex in 2003. I attended many movies at this theatre when it was the 6, but since renovation have moved out of the area, so I can’t say how it compares now.
The Capitol in Raymond and Lethbridge were indeed 2 separate theatres. The Capitol in Raymond is now the site of a video rental and ice cream shop. The Lethbridge Capitol was demolished in 1974 to make way for the Lethbridge Centre Mall and Tower, which included the Lethbridge Centre twin Cinemas, which opened in 1975 and are now closed/renovated to other purposes.
Reel to Reel had a management change recently, closed down to install digital projection equipment and new sound boards, and re-opened on May 4th as the Lacombe City Cinemas.