Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk

5095 Yonge Street,
Toronto, ON M2N 6Y7

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This theatre opened November 12, 1999 and it was a Famous Players Silvercity. Due to a merger between Cineplex and Famous Players, they needed to sell off 27 theatres due to government law. Empire Theatres bought 27 theatres and Silvercity Empress Walk was one of them. The Empress Walk theatre still have KFC, Pizza Hut and New York Files. The theatre also served as an Ontario head office of Empire Theatres.

It was closed on March 21, 2013, and reopened on June 14, 2013 by Cineplex.

Contributed by Michael Ing

Recent comments (view all 21 comments)

telliott
telliott on April 24, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I heard recently that someone was in Empress Walk and there signs there saying that Cineplex is coming in June, so I guess Cineplex really IS moving up the street from Sheppard Centre. I guess it will get the business now since it will be the only cinema in the area. Unless of course Empire moves in to Sheppard Centre LOL

telliott
telliott on April 25, 2013 at 6:47 pm

It’s official, from today’s Toronto Star, Cineplex taking over this site. http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/movies/2013/04/25/cineplex_pulls_theatre_switcheroo_at_yonge_and_sheppard.html

telliott
telliott on June 13, 2013 at 10:26 am

This theatre reopens tomorrow as Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, so status and name need to be changed on here.

telliott
telliott on June 20, 2013 at 10:13 am

Great! but it’s new name is Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on June 20, 2013 at 3:20 pm

I don’t think it’s Cineplex Cinemas… just Cineplex.

telliott
telliott on June 20, 2013 at 3:22 pm

No actually if you look on Cineplex.com, it’s called Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, just as the new name of the former Colisseum Mississauga is Cineplex Cinemas Mississauga. Must be a new “brand” for them.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on June 20, 2013 at 4:24 pm

RECAP — Famous Players built this theatre against the advice of their own internal advisors in the booking department. Never really did as well as Famous Players wanted it to. When Cineplex Odeon took over Famous Players the government wanted them to get rid of some sitituations. Cineplex Odeon was only too happy to allow Empire Theatres to operate this theatre. When Empire Theatres didn’t do the numbers that they wanted, they abandoned Empress Walk. Cineplex Odeon took this back again likely just to keep another company from entering the Toronto market. Interesting case study of a modern megaplex theatre!!

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on June 20, 2013 at 4:24 pm

RECAP — Famous Players built this theatre against the advice of their own internal advisors in the booking department. Never really did as well as Famous Players wanted it to. When Cineplex Odeon took over Famous Players the government wanted them to get rid of some sitituations. Cineplex Odeon was only too happy to allow Empire Theatres to operate this theatre. When Empire Theatres didn’t do the numbers that they wanted, they abandoned Empress Walk. Cineplex Odeon took this back again likely just to keep another company from entering the Toronto market. Interesting case study of a modern megaplex theatre!!

telliott
telliott on June 20, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Interesting indeed David, interesting indeed.

rivest266
rivest266 on March 4, 2014 at 7:42 pm

November 12th, 1999 grand opening ad in photo section.

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