Convention Centre Cinema

375 York,
Winnipeg, MB

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The Convention Centre Cinema is located at 375 York Street just inside Winnipeg’s Convention Centre.

It opened its doors in 1975, closed in 1996, but reopened again in 2002.

Cineplex Odeon owned the Cinema from 1975 to 1990 and then in 1991 an independent movie chain owned the cinema.

The theater has changed hands since that time, but is still operated by an independent firm. The 586-seat theater now plays second run movies at cheap prices.

Contributed by Chad Irish

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ChadIrish
ChadIrish on June 13, 2002 at 9:12 pm

The Convention Centre Cinema closed its doors forever sometime in late May 2002. The Convention Centre Cinema closed with a friday night Retro Double Bill showing of “E.T.” & “Back To The Future” This theater is now called the Convention Theater with shows live plays & sometimes live magic shows.

Projectorguy
Projectorguy on July 7, 2008 at 8:19 pm

Sorry, but the Convention Centre was a single screen theatre. I used to service the equipment from about 1990 thru 1995 and defineitely would have noticed a second set of projectors!

The equipment was Ballantyne Pro-35 projectors on Ballantyne Model VII soundheads with Strong Lumex lamphouses running 1600 watt xenon bulbs all mounted on Ballantyne VIP bases. The sound system was mono and they ran 6000 foot reels, so a changeover was necessary every hour or so. The rectifiers were single phase thyristor current controlled (the only ones I’ve ever seen) with buck/boost transformers mounted on the line side to try and compensate for some of the wild power fluctations in that building.

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