Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas

10 Dundas Street East,
Toronto, ON M5B 2G9

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telliott
telliott on May 7, 2015 at 4:13 pm

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.

Jason Whyte
Jason Whyte on May 7, 2015 at 3:40 pm

The VIP section is located on the second floor where Cinemas #16-21 used to be, although the whole area has been completely gutted and re-done. The entrance is located by where screens #15 and #22 are, with a slightly pushed out entrance (#15 and #22 are accessible on the sides via a small hall-way) leading into a main lobby with the lounge on the right hand side as you walk in.

VIP #1-3 are on the left hand side and #4 and #5 are ahead and in the back behind the bar. I also don’t recall this location having VIP bathrooms, either, but there are giant washrooms outside the theaters anyway.

In fact, on some of their digital displays the screens would read “#17”, “18” but my ticket (ALSO for CAPTIVE!) read “VIP #5”). But again, no screen #21 exists.

Also all five screens in this VIP section are floating 1.85 screens with no masking, so movies in scope play letterboxed on this screen.

telliott
telliott on May 7, 2015 at 9:36 am

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.

John Fink
John Fink on May 6, 2015 at 9:17 pm

The former box-office on the ground floor now houses two Cineplex food concepts – Poptopia and a Frozen Yogurt bar. I visited the VIP section last September (I took a few hours away from TIFF to see “Captive”, the new Atom Egoyan movie that wasn’t playing at the festival…draw your own conclusions on that one) and it was a pretty nice experience – the food and beverages we had were fine, as was the service (although only available during the pre-show, a server took our order and settled our bill via an iPad). As for the dine-in aspect, the selection was not nearly as expansive a selection as the Alamo Drafthouse although the quality and experience surpassed AMC’s Dine-In Theaters. My only complaint would have been the price of tickets had we not gone on half-price Tuesdays.

On a side note: I feel as if the VIP market could be an area of entry for another exhibitor if one were to want to try to enter the GTA in those few market areas were Cineplex has some weakness (or if Landmark were to start investing in recliner seats like US exhibitors have been doing).

Jason Whyte
Jason Whyte on May 6, 2015 at 5:47 pm

Now down to 23 screens due to the VIP renovation. Screens #1-15, as before, then VIP #1-5, then #22-24. No screen #21 exists. Oddly enough the cinema numbers haven’t changed so screens #22-24 still exist as before.

telliott
telliott on May 5, 2014 at 8:00 am

The five new VIP cinemas open here on Friday May 9. I wonder if they will have a separate entrance like the new ones at the Queensway and where it will be.

SilverPlaqueVII
SilverPlaqueVII on February 8, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Should be given a correct name: Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas as per signage and site.

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on November 23, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Dave, I agree about your students in the lobby comment. Cineplex shouldn’t open the cinema to the moviegoing public until the students have vacated the premises.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on November 22, 2013 at 11:24 am

I visited the Cineplex 24 at Yonge & Dundas the other day. The boxoffice set-up on the main floor is NO longer used and that boxoffice is covered over with brown paper. The cashiers sell the tickets on the theatre floor (4th floor) which is fine I guess. AMC made a deal with Ryerson University to use some of the theatres for their lectures. Apparently Cineplex is honouring that agreement. Here is my complaint. When I go to the theatre, I don’t expect to see 60 or 70 students sitting all over the floor like in high school. This DOES NOT create a good movie theatre atmosphere.

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on November 22, 2013 at 9:43 am

Curious to see what the renovations will look like since I’ve always liked it just the way it is. And do you think they’ll figure out how to cope with that strange escalator setup? Newbies to this cinema often can’t figure out how to get up to the theatre, and afterwards, on how to get out. Except for that little problem: I really enjoy going to this complex.

Jason Whyte
Jason Whyte on November 22, 2013 at 8:51 am

Sometime in mid-2014 this location (which I visited before TIFF and absolutely loved) will be fully renovated and losing a screen for VIP treatment. What this press release doesn’t mention is the entire cinema will also have its decor changed and likely all new seating throughout.

http://tinyurl.com/or7lxps

“Cineplex Entertainment today announced plans to open its latest VIP Cinemas at Toronto’s Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas mid-next year.

VIP Cinemas are a premium, adults-only movie-going experience that offers service at your seat, comfortable reserved seating, a licenced lounge and auditoriums, specialty appetizers and entrees, a dedicated box office and much more.

When the renovation is complete, six traditional auditoriums will be transformed into five VIP Cinema auditoriums and a licenced lounge. The renovated theatre will be re-named Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP, and will feature the new VIP Cinemas, as well as a cutting edge UltraAVX auditorium, an IMAX auditorium and 16 traditional auditoriums.

Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas, located at 10 Dundas East, will remain open during construction. Construction begins today and the theatre will welcome its first VIP guests in mid-2014."

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on March 11, 2013 at 8:29 am

I hadn’t heard about Walter Senior’s demise. Of course I remember him. One of my staff (female) in the art dept. commented on how good looking he was… I always thought he looked like a gangster. When he took over as CEO morale went downhill and the company was never the same again. There was the executive suite and then there were the thousands of others across the country who were responsible for running the theatres – two poles apart.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on March 10, 2013 at 3:52 pm

The proud name of FAMOUS PLAYERS CANADIAN CORPORATION,LIMITED — We are still at heart FPCC!!!!

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on March 10, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Jon — Remember Walter Senior he passed away a few years ago after being in a coma three years. That is an absolute fact.

telliott
telliott on March 10, 2013 at 3:26 pm

I’m surprised that Cineplex has held on to the Famous Players name and logo as a brand after all these years. I would have thought they’d get rid of it years ago since they have so many other brands. I think they have too many actually. I remember when FP started opening up Coliseums and Silver City, Cineplex Odeon started with the Grande brand. That didn’t last long. I think only 4 locations were ever called Grande…Sheppard Centre, Barrie, Orion Gate and Strawberry Hill.

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on March 10, 2013 at 3:21 pm

All of us who worked for the company wondered about these things too. No one in the advertising or art dept. was ever consulted about the new Famous Players logo. We were just told to use it. Apparently the head honchos had friends in an ad agency that were paid way too much for their contribution. Sounds like sour grapes doesn’t it? Well, I admit it… it is.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on March 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm

The best logo of all time was the green maple leaf — the original Famous Players Theatres logo. That meant something to the public — all the other logos like Coliseum and Colossus and Silver City sucked. You wonder just how the hell they came up with the name SILVER CITY — it didn’t sound showy or attractive to me. And I do understand the concepts of branding and marketing

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on March 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm

The best logo of all time was the green maple leaf — the original Famous Players Theatres logo. That meant something to the public — all the other logos like Coliseum and Colossus and Silver City sucked. You wonder just how the hell they came up with the name SILVER CITY — it didn’t sound showy or attractive to me. And I do understand the concepts of branding and marketing

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on March 10, 2013 at 12:32 pm

As a former employee of Famous Players (ran the art dept.) I’m quite happy to see the end of that logo. What began as a happy working environment turned into a nightmare. Each successive CEO turned out to be even less interested, or knowledgeable, about the movie theatre business than the last. The last straw was walking into the Plaza Cinema one afternoon just before the picture began and seeing the beginning of the new era of “showmanship.” The management was instructed not to use the curtains and instead of soft lighting for a bit of atmosphere: the glaring cleaning lights were the only source of illumination. I won’t mention the name of the CEO at the time – don’t wish to be sued. But I certainly have no respect for the man.

telliott
telliott on March 10, 2013 at 10:37 am

It could be that they are just changing the name at that location, but keeping Coliseum at the others. On their web site, when you click on that location, it says “Formerly Coliseum” When I drove by that location recently, noticed that it has been completely repainted in Cineplex blue and the Famous Players moniker is finally gone, just a simple Cineplex.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on March 10, 2013 at 10:13 am

WOW! That is news to me. I am very surprised that they are taking the Coliseum name down.That was the very first of the new type of theatres Famous Players opened about 15 years ago. I saw TITANIC there and it took me the whole movie to get used to the massive screen there!

telliott
telliott on March 10, 2013 at 8:53 am

Another odd one is Cineplex’s decision to change the name of the original Coliseum theatre in Mississauga to the Cineplex Cinemas Mississauga. I wonder if they are dropping that brand or just that location?

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on March 9, 2013 at 8:26 pm

I’m in total agreement. Let’s go to the Paramount sounds like fun. Let’s go to the Scotiabank: not so much so.

telliott
telliott on March 9, 2013 at 7:34 pm

I know what you mean David. The Paramount sounded much more impressive.

William Mewes
William Mewes on March 9, 2013 at 6:37 pm

I like to run up the stairs at Scotia Bank just to prove I still can.