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Current seating number in the Capitol is unknown because as seen on its Facebook page, management has installed those luxury recliner seats during reconfiguration back to one screen, so there’s no way there’s going to be 675 seats in there considering how much room those luxury recliners take up (photo link below).
New luxury recliner seats at the Capitol, North Battleford
If this is the same building shown in the Google street view above that was once the College Theatre, then it’s long since been turned into a church.
You could drive right by the Star and end up missing it without knowing it because there’s nothing on the outside that gives any indication of it being a movie theatre (especially since they painted over the outside a few years ago to remove the Star Theatre sign). From the outside, it now just looks like a typical retail storefront.
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).
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)
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.
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”)
Also noticed the signs for the Capitol and Empress Theatres in this photo.
Not liking that they had to reduce seating just for the sake of installing those bulky and space-consuming luxury recliner seats.
Now operating as Scotiabank Theatre Winnipeg, according to the Cineplex website.
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.
News article on the 1952 fire that destroyed the Port Theatre now uploaded in the photo section.
The link provided by CSWalczak is correct. The Cascades opened on August 30, 1946 and closed in 1980, per the info in the link.
As of 2016, this theatre is now part of the Imagine Cinemas chain as the Imagine Cinemas Elgin Mills.
Imagine Cinemas Elgin Mills
This theatre is now part of the Imagine Cinemas chain as the Imagine Cinemas CF Promenade.
Imagine Cinemas CF Promenade
The Frederick Twin Cinemas is now part of the Imagine Cinemas chain, which took over in 2014.
Imagine Cinemas Frederick Twin Cinemas
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
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?
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.
“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.
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)
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
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)
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.
Any word yet on a specific date for the Capitol 6’s reopening? We’re into September now and still no sign of activity.