Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas

10 Dundas Street East,
Toronto, ON M5B 2G9

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SilverPlaqueVII
SilverPlaqueVII on February 9, 2014 at 4:26 am

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

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on November 23, 2013 at 8:49 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 7:24 pm

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 5:43 pm

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 4:51 pm

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 3:29 pm

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 10:52 pm

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

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on March 10, 2013 at 10:49 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 10:26 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 10:21 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 9:52 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 9:52 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 7:32 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 5:37 pm

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 5:13 pm

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 3:53 pm

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 10, 2013 at 4:26 am

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 10, 2013 at 3:34 am

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

William Mewes
William Mewes on March 10, 2013 at 2:37 am

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

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on March 10, 2013 at 12:37 am

I love the long escalator with the optical illusion that you are falling back or going up an elevator shaft. I see nothing wrong the Scotiabank Theatre except the damn name — I hate anything named after such a lousy institution like a bank!! I saw a movie just recently at the AVX auditorium. It was OK. Interesting to note that Cineplex actually retained the AMC management to run this theatre. I never expected that. Usually corporations like to employ their own people!

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on March 9, 2013 at 11:15 pm

On the other hand, I know a number of people who hate that long escalator at the Scotiabank. Just goes to show: you can’t please everyone. But I do agree with your comment.

telliott
telliott on March 9, 2013 at 11:09 pm

I know Jon! I love this theatre, but getting to it is awful. I would have expected a lot more for this prime location, they need one of those long escalators right up to the theatre like the Scotiabank has.

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on March 9, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Last I heard they were to have changed the signs for the first of the year… obviously it didn’t happen. How do first time patrons find the entrance? And speaking of signs, if one is not familiar with the building how do you get to the theatre in that confusing complex? And worse yet, there’s an elevator just a few feet away from the boxoffice, but there isn’t a sign informing patrons that they can simply take the elevator directly to the cinema up on the 4th floor?

telliott
telliott on March 9, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Glad to hear that Jon. I wonder how long it will take to get all the AMC logos etc changed to reflect that this IS now a Cineplex Odeon complex?

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on March 9, 2013 at 7:40 pm

I checked out this theatre’s new UltraAVX installation in the former ETX cinema. It’s similar to a digital IMAX auditorium with it’s huge screen. I especially like the decor: dark sky blue carpeting throughout with a sprinkling of white stars, nicely designed dark blue sound baffles on the walls with a large white star in the centre and plush rocker seats with reserved seating in addition to the mind-boggling new Dolby Atmos sound system. There are speakers everywhere… even on the ceiling. Great fun! I really have to give Cineplex/Odeon credit for these super upgrades.