Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk

5095 Yonge Street,
Toronto, ON M2N 6Y7

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rivest266
rivest266 on March 4, 2014 at 2:42 pm

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

telliott
telliott on June 20, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Interesting indeed David, interesting indeed.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on June 20, 2013 at 10:24 am

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 10:24 am

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 9:22 am

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.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on June 20, 2013 at 9:20 am

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

telliott
telliott on June 20, 2013 at 4:13 am

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

telliott
telliott on June 13, 2013 at 4:26 am

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

telliott
telliott on April 25, 2013 at 12:47 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 April 24, 2013 at 6:51 am

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

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on March 28, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Within a few months of this place opening, we could see by the figures that this place just wasn’t going to make it. When they consider building theatres they do projections but if the projections are enhanced just to get the “go ahead” answer then failure later must be dealt with!!

telliott
telliott on March 28, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Any idea David why this one didn’t work out, yet the former Grande down the street seems to do well? They usually showed different types of films with this one getting more of the “blockbuster” type and the Cineplex getting more of the artsy type. With the Hullmark Centre, the Emerald towers and the Gibson towers all opening within the next few years, you would think that the “downtown” of the former North York could handle 20 screens in the neighbourhood. And coming soon too are all the giant towers at City Park Place along Sheppard. Quite interesting.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on March 15, 2013 at 8:41 am

Yes, Thorncliffe only lasted a few years. There was a theatre built in Forest Hill for the elite, called the Village Theatre and the candy bar business was operated on the honour system — and when the inventory was done it always came out OVER!!!! As to THE CINEMA AT THE TD Centre even the name was snobby and elitist and Famous Players spent a fortune on the lobby chairs, etc. Mr. Reuben Bolstad was President of Famous Players when the TD Cinema opened!

telliott
telliott on March 15, 2013 at 7:56 am

I remember both of those locations David. Didn’t the Thorncliffe only last a couple of years? I loved The Cinema, saw a few big ones there, but you’re right, seemed like it was definitely in the wrong location at the time. When it opened back in 1967, I remember reading that Famous Players opened it to replace the Tivoli on Richmond St. But that was much closer to Yonge St and all the shopping, restaurants etc…

telliott
telliott on March 15, 2013 at 7:40 am

Another story I’ve read says that the Empress Walk is indeed closing down, but the Cineplex at Sheppard Centre is also closing for exciting renovations. Haven’t read anything about this on the Cineplex web site and there have been no announcements under “press releases” so don’t know what’s going on with either location.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on March 14, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I don’t believe Cineplex would want this location. This location under-performed from day one and Famous Players was never happy with the results. When the decision was made to build there, it was a classic situation of the left hand not working with the right hand. Over its 80 year history, Famous Players Canadian Corporation did have a few failures (or theatres that underperformed). Thorncliffe Park Mall Cinemas couldn’t work under Famous Players, Twinex or Premier (Famous Players affiliates). The Cinema in the Toronto Dominion Centre failed because people wouldn’t go back there at night after working all day downtown — and there were a few others — but very few!!

telliott
telliott on March 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Latest rumour I’ve heard about this place is that Cineplex is moving up the street from Sheppard Centre to this location. If true, wonder why they’d leave Sheppard Centre. I actually prefer Sheppard Centre to this one, seems classier, sort of like an uptown version of their Varsity cinemas.

telliott
telliott on March 8, 2013 at 7:56 am

Unbelievable, would never have thought that, especially in that neighbourhood.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on March 8, 2013 at 7:36 am

This theatre was a failure from the day it opened. This theatre should never have been located there. Famous Players were just so anxious to build locations that it got the best of them.

telliott
telliott on March 8, 2013 at 7:33 am

Can’t believe this one is closing. Especially with the hundreds of condos currently and coming soon to the neighbourhood. Too bad, one of the nicer multiplexes around town. 10 screens at nearby Sheppard Centre doesn’t seem enough for the former “downtown” North York.

Spire
Spire on March 7, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Empire is closing this theatre. The last day of operation is March 21st. Quite a turn of events, considering they only installed a retrofitted IMAX screen less than a year ago!