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Address was 415 Bank St.
Empire Rideau Centre Cinemas will be closed as of March 22, 2013 according to the Empire Theatres website.
Theatre now closed.
Had 2 screens when it closed.
Thsi location has been taken over by the “Mayfair Orleans” which occupies 3 of the 6 screens.
Actually 7 screens.
Looks like the Mayfair is closing, probably at the end of November. The theatre needs a major infusion of cash for building repairs and the owner isn’t willing to do them.
Probably located in the what became the old Larocque’s dept. store.
Now there are offices there. A shame, a real shame.
If they ever build it, that is.
Agreed. I think he forgot to mention the white stretch limo as well.
HowardBHaas said:I had in mind people keeping quiet and their cell phones and other gadgets off.
What do you mean “dressed formally”? White tie? Black tie? Jackets & ties?
Sorry, no. It was originally one screen, then cut to 2 screens. Then Cineplex Odeaon took it to 5 screens. Now it’s a Rainbow Cinema.
Cineplex is not the first to do this type of advertising. Famous Players (who Cineplex recently bought) did this same ad with the same tag line in the mid 90’s.
The theatres were known as Elgin 1 and Elgin 2, or in earlier times Elgin and Little Elgin.
One of the classiest places around in it’s day, along with the Capital.
This movie house had a few names in it’s existence; The Rialto (we use to call it the Rat Hole, no explanation needed) being one and the Phoenix Theatre being another. During it’s days I attended as a kid we could see 3 top rate movies for 35 cents.
It was too big a theatre for it’s location. Land was too expensive and it wasn’t pulling in the crowds. In it’s later stages it was showing second runs of movies. In the end they closed the balconey.
Now the site of a “Pizza Pizza.”
Later know as the Elmdale, converted to 2 screens and then closed. Now it is a church. Go figure!!
Originally 1 screen, remodelled to 2 screens and then 5 screens. Clsed and now reopened as Rainbow Cinemas.
The Mall Theatre / Centre Theatre facade is being saved and being used on a new 14 storey building going up on that site.
It was actually on Bank Street, not Queen Street.
It was actaully on Bank Street, not Queen Street.
NO………….the old theatre building was torn down and the space is still empty. The STAPLES building is the old Colonial Furniture location.
—Michelle / ShellLB said on Mar 18, 2005 at 3:16pm:
I currently live in Ottawa. The “PHOENIX” has been gone since the early 1990’s. The location is at 403 BANK STREET (between Waverley and Frank Street). The building is now owned and operated by STAPLES / Business Depot since about 1995.