Comments from ScreenClassic

Showing 1 - 25 of 163 comments

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Galaxy Cinemas Nanaimo on May 17, 2017 at 8:04 pm

As noted above, this was originally part of the Caprice Showcase Theatres chain when it first opened on May 19, 1999 (Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace premiered there the same day the theatre opened).

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Globe Cinema on May 12, 2017 at 5:54 am

The Globe is no longer part of Landmark and has not been since 2016, as it has not been listed among Landmark’s theatres since then. It’s now an independent under the ownership of Riley’s Entertainment and its current website is here:

Globe Cinema website

Also in addition to Landmark (which originally ran it), Cineplex Odeon ran this theatre when it was the Towne from 1985 (see link below) until 1995, when Landmark took back over and renamed it the Globe.

Calgary Herald movie listings – September 27, 1985 (Towne included in Cineplex Odeon listings by this point)

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Chinook Drive-In on May 11, 2017 at 1:29 am

I think it’s named for the type of wind most common in that part of Canada, as Calgary was built on the prairies but is also close to the Rockies.

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Capitol Theatre on May 9, 2017 at 3:38 am

The closing date for the Capitol is incorrect. According to the November 4, 1972 edition of the Edmonton Journal, Famous Players would shut down the Capitol on November 5 that year following its final feature, Super Fly. There was no listing for the Capitol in the November 6 edition of the Journal, so the shutdown date given in the Journal is the correct one.

Edmonton Journal – November 4, 1972 (Capitol – “Tomorrow Is Our Last Day”)

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about 1960 photo courtesy of Mase Mason. on May 8, 2017 at 10:59 pm

Also noticed the signs for the Capitol and Empress Theatres in this photo.

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Landmark Cinemas Country Hills on Apr 30, 2017 at 3:57 am

Not liking that they had to reduce seating just for the sake of installing those bulky and space-consuming luxury recliner seats.

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Scotia Bank Theatre Winnipeg on Apr 11, 2017 at 1:59 pm

Now operating as Scotiabank Theatre Winnipeg, according to the Cineplex website.

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Movie theaters are bringing in audiences in record numbers on Apr 11, 2017 at 1:54 pm

And with the recent trend of switching to those bulky luxury recliner seats (which take up more room than regular seats do), it’s a given that attendance will correspondingly drop – which is the main reason I’m opposed to luxury recliners in theatres.

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Port Theatre on Mar 26, 2017 at 8:05 am

News article on the 1952 fire that destroyed the Port Theatre now uploaded in the photo section.

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Cascades Drive-In on Mar 12, 2017 at 3:47 pm

The link provided by CSWalczak is correct. The Cascades opened on August 30, 1946 and closed in 1980, per the info in the link.

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Imagine Cinemas Elgin Mills on Dec 22, 2016 at 7:37 pm

As of 2016, this theatre is now part of the Imagine Cinemas chain as the Imagine Cinemas Elgin Mills.

Imagine Cinemas Elgin Mills

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Imagine Cinemas CF Promenade on Dec 22, 2016 at 7:31 pm

This theatre is now part of the Imagine Cinemas chain as the Imagine Cinemas CF Promenade.

Imagine Cinemas CF Promenade

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Imagine Cinemas Frederick Twin Cinemas on Dec 22, 2016 at 7:24 pm

The Frederick Twin Cinemas is now part of the Imagine Cinemas chain, which took over in 2014.

Imagine Cinemas Frederick Twin Cinemas

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Imagine Cinemas St. Laurent Centre on Dec 22, 2016 at 7:17 pm

This theatre is now part of the Imagine Cinemas chain and should be renamed as the Imagine Cinemas St. Laurent Centre.

Imagine Cinemas St. Laurent Centre

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Kankakee, IL - Paramount ditches old seating for recliners on Dec 21, 2016 at 1:53 am

That leads to another reason I don’t favor recliner seats in theatres – given how comfortable they’re touted as being and the fact that they’re recliners, what are the odds that you’ll get quite a few moviegoers falling asleep in their seats during a movie in a recliner-seated theatre and thus missing part of the movie?

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Cineplex Cinemas Orchard Plaza on Dec 19, 2016 at 3:06 am

If the theatre switched to reclining seats, it’s most likely it now has less than half the number of seats it used to, given how bulky such seats are and how much room they require.

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Kankakee, IL - Paramount ditches old seating for recliners on Dec 18, 2016 at 12:44 am
“The math is not great when you go from an 868 seating to 300-plus seating,” Mazrimas said. “At the Paramount with 300 seats, you’re losing 60 percent of your seating."

Which is exactly why I’m not a fan of the new trend of putting in recliner seats in theatres. Another reason why, claimed below:

“The industry is saying you will see a 50 percent increase in attendance,” Mazrimas said.

I don’t buy that. 60>% less seats = less attendance, thus less potential for profit.

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Downtown Movie Lounge on Nov 16, 2016 at 10:42 am

The Downtown Movie Lounge was originally called the City Centre Cinemas when Famous Players first opened it in 1971.

Downtown Movie Lounge (includes previous names)

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Brookfield Drive-In on Oct 24, 2016 at 10:47 am

The Brookfield Drive-In may have shown porn movies in its early years, but most of the movies shown there later on were of the mainstream Hollywood variety. The link below shows what kind of movies this drive-in had playing back in its time:

Nooks & Crannies – The Brookfield Drive-in

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Coronet Theatre on Oct 4, 2016 at 5:57 am

Landmark closed the Coronet Theatre on March 16, 1998. Here’s the ad from its last day of operation:

Prince George Citizen – March 16, 1998 (page 19)

And the ad for the Coronet from the following day (which has the word “CLOSED” plastered over the ad):

Prince George Citizen – March 17, 1998 (page 27)

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Cineplex Cinemas Esplanade on Oct 4, 2016 at 4:15 am

The Landmark Esplanade has closed as of last month.

Landmark Cinemas Esplanade 6 – Roll Credits

My thought about this is the Esplanade may have closed because of some recent talk about a new multiplex being built at Park Royal Shopping Centre in West Vancouver. If true, then it’s likely that the new multiplex is probably already under construction and the Esplanade closed in order to make way for that.

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Capitol 6 on Sep 9, 2016 at 6:58 pm

Any word yet on a specific date for the Capitol 6’s reopening? We’re into September now and still no sign of activity.

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Cape Breton Drive-In on Aug 10, 2016 at 5:05 am

This drive-in should actually be called the Cape Breton Drive-In, not the Cape Benton.

Nova Scotia theatre listings (page 21)

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Famous Players 6 Cinemas on Jul 15, 2016 at 7:45 am

The Famous Players 6 opened on November 21, 1997. Link below:

Prince George Citizen, November 21, 1997 (Page 13 – “Movie-goers get smorgasbord at Parkwood Place complex”)

ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic commented about Cineplex Cinemas Orchard Plaza on Jul 15, 2016 at 5:00 am

According to the Cineplex website, this theatre has recently been renamed as the Cineplex Cinemas Orchard Plaza, so that’s another theatre that has just lost the Famous Players brand.