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Drove by this the other day, now a huge LA Fitness.
Thanks Jason. Sounds interesting. I will have to try and get there soon. So between the 5 VIP there and the 4 at the Varsity, they have 9 VIP screens downtown. And coming soon, the 3 VIP screens uptown at the Yonge & Eglinton location.
Where are the VIP cinemas? Do they have a separate entrance or the same wide open walk in. Are they clustered together on the main floor? I know they used one of the former cinemas for the lounge. Will have to try to get there one of these days.
Loved these theatres, saw many movies there in the 70s including “Blazing Saddles” and laughed all the way home. Every theatre operator since has all but abandoned any theatre south of the QEW in Burlington, Oakville and Mississauga which is a shame.
The ironic thing is that the location that Shoppers is moving from down the street was the former Esquire theatre, but there is no resemblance to what it once was.
And here’s an article about the Shopper’s Drug Mart that is now open for business.
Interesting. I DO wish Landmark would expand inside the city, like you said, we need the competition. I always regret that once Cineplex took over Famous Players, there went the 10 screen complex at 1 Bloor East to replace the Uptown. That would have been a nice addition to the Yonge-Bloor area.
Have you heard of any new development in that area? With Cineplex already having the Coliseum (now Cineplex Cinemas), Morningside and Eglinton Town Centre in Scarborough, I doubt if they’d want to open any more. Scarborough seems pretty well covered it seems.
Apparently undergoing some sort of renovations according to the Cineplex website although remaining open during renos.
This remains the only movie complex in the city after Cineplex was forced to close the 9 screens in Fairview Mall several years ago due to the landlord wanting to redevelop the site. So far Cineplex has not replaced that location which is strange since at the time they said they would have stayed in the mall if they hadn’t been kicked out. Too bad for the residents in the north side of town. Must have been quite handy for them.
Here in Toronto, Circus World lasted only 5 weeks. The shortest Cinerama engagement in the city.
Sears isn’t necessarily leaving Canada. It dropped a few locations at certain malls. At Square One it’s being replaced by Simons of Quebec. At Sherway Gardens, Saks Fifth Avenue. At Eaton Centre, Nordstrom. The one in downtown Vancouver is also to be a Nordstrom. Not sure what the Yorkdale one is becoming because Nordstrom there is in a new addition presently under construction.
The cinemas were in a different building across the street from the mall. The former cinemas became and still are a Home Outfitters, a Sears Home store and a Homesense. The Sears department store was in Sherway Gardens mall, across The Queensway from where the theatres were. The former Sears department store is becoming a Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom is going where the present Sporting Life store is. Even if the three stores vacated where the former theatre was, I doubt it would ever become a theatre again, unless Landmark wanted to build there. Cineplex obviously wouldn’t since they left as soon as they opened the Queensway cinemas down the street.
And that’s why it’s weird that they have not replaced either of these 80s cinemas with something more modern. And doesn’t seem to be any plans in sight either, haven’t seen any announcements from Cineplex or Landmark. It really IS too bad there isn’t more competition in Canada anymore.
Too bad eh. Think of all the movies they could have shown by now. Our own Westwood here in TO sat empty from 1998 until last year when they finally tore it down. Rainbow could have shown movies there all these years. Going back to Vancouver, I remember when West Van had the Odeon and Park Royal and North Van had none after the Odeon Totem closed down. Now it’s been North Van that’s had the movie theatres all these years. I just think it’s odd that Cineplex or Landmark haven’t replaced either one with a multiplex and VIP would certainly fit in with the moneyed population of that area.
On another topic Jason, do you think there will ever be a new multiplex for the north shore in Vancouver. They seem to be the only area of a major city without a modern stadium seating, wall to wall screen multiplex. I’m surprised it hasn’t happened years ago.
And it re-opened in October so now it’s the Rainbow Cinemas Cobourg. rainbowcinemas.ca
Yes, but they’re not in Mississauga. One is in Etobicoke and one is in Brampton. I’m talking about the city of Mississauga itself. Closer to Mississauga is the Orion Gate 10 in Brampton and the Winston Churchill 24 in Oakville. But again they are not as convenient for many residents of Mississauga.
Interesting, with this closing and SilverCity 10 earlier in the year, Mississauga has lost 20 screens within this year. That leaves only the 16 screen Courtney Park, the 12 screen Cineplex Cinemas (formerly Coliseum) and the 4 screen Cine Starz in a city of 750,000. There are many areas of the city that could use a movie theatre, I only hope that with these closings, the theatre companies are scouting for new locations. It’s also interesting that when Cineplex opened the now defunct Landmark 10 back in 2001, it closed the 5 screen Erin Mills town centre location. Now that Square One is closed, maybe they should look at going back in that area, or maybe Meadowvale. Also there has been nothing built in southern Mississauga south of the QEW, the last movie house down there was the former Vogue / Credit Cinema which closed in the 70s!
This theatre closed October 3rd according to this newspaper report. Apparently the mall wanted to take over the space for different purposes. Too bad, was a nice theatre.
Circus World was probably the shortest roadshow and Cinerama engagement in Toronto as well, with only 5 weeks at the Odeon Carlton. But it opened midsummer and the Carlton was huge, didn’t seem to work out as a Cinerama house, even It’s a Mad…World didn’t do well there at only 18 weeks even though it played over a year in some places. Probably why after the Greatest Story Ever Told, all Cinerama films were moved to the much smaller and very suburban Glendale theatre way up in North Toronto.
I guess this site will have to be re-developed since it’s impossible to re-use a stadium seating theatre. Will probably be demolished and replaced with big box stores or restaurants.
If you look closely Mike at this ad and the one you have listed for the Erin Mills town centre, you will notice they are both for this location, the South Common Mall. Cineplex opened this in ‘81 and when they took over Canadian Odeon they renovated this and added a 7th screen. So the opening ad for this one is the re-opening with 7 screens. The ad you have under Erin Mills is the original opening for this location with the 6 original screens.
Mike, the ad posted is for Cineplex 6 at South Common mall at Erin Mills Pkwy and Burnhamthorpe. The Erin Mills Town centre 5 was further north at Erin Mills pkwy and Eglinton, in the Erin Mills Town Centre.
This ad is for the Cineplex South Common that you already put in here. The theatre listed is for the Cineplex Odeon Erin Mills Town Centre 5