Skyway 6 Cinemas

25 Carlson Court & Dixon Road,
Toronto, ON L4V

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The Skyway 6 Cinemas in Toronto, Ontario was located not too far from the Toronto International Airport.

This theater opened in 1980 and was a great place to see great films. It had a 200 X 200 foot lobby with a giant snack bar in the middle. The cinemas had six screens and each cinema had over 300 seats with Dolby Stereo & DTS sound.

The Skyway 6 closed its doors forever in 1999.

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igoudge
igoudge on July 3, 2009 at 12:58 pm

lol yeah for me the process was already on the way (Runnymede only went to twice along with the Humber, and the Westwood was already a 3).

telliott
telliott on July 3, 2009 at 1:02 pm

The Westwood was one large single screener until they added on to the building and opened the Westwood Cinema in 1968. Then at Christmas 1980 they opened the 3rd screen by dividing up the original large screen theatre. So the former smaller Westwood Cinema became the large Cinema 1. I always thought that Cinemas 2 & 3 were too long and narrow. I wished that they had divided it sideways so that 2 & 3 would have been shorter and wider cinemas. They way they did it created 2 long “bowling alley” type cinemas.

igoudge
igoudge on July 3, 2009 at 1:05 pm

yeah that was the theatre formation I grew up with (was born in 1977) so I never got to see it as just the one unfortunately ;–(

telliott
telliott on July 3, 2009 at 1:12 pm

It’s one big theatre was rather large, must have been near 1000 seats. I saw alot of movies there when I was growing up before they added the 2nd screen. And even more when there were 2! I once lived in a highrise on the 18th floor at Islington Ave facing the Westwood. I could look out my living room window and see it and the parking lot and see how busy it was. LOL

PeterD
PeterD on July 23, 2009 at 8:24 am

I have mixed feelings about working this booth, but the one bright spot, for me, was there was a door to the roof that I could go out and watch airplanes landing on 24-Left. I often brought a scanner with me and when it was slow, or after the matinees were out, I’d go out and enjoy the view. Otherwise I found the equipment there was in poor condition and I had more than my share of breakdowns and a couple of thrown prints. The only other bright-spot here was that it was a Famous Players 6-plex and it paid pretty well at the time.

igoudge
igoudge on August 17, 2009 at 11:15 am

drove past the skyway 6 site just the other day doing the hike over to Courtney Park 16 for a two fer and actually noticed that the Bifteque restuarant that was there has moved out and now they have turned it into a jack astors. Least it will do some brisk business hopefully to keep th ememory of th esite alive, but sitll wish movies would return to the area ;–(

Detrola
Detrola on November 16, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Does anyone remember anything about the 2-screen theatre just down the street at the International Plaza Hotel? I don’t see it listed here and was wondering how long it was around for.

telliott
telliott on November 16, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Yes, that was the Skyline Cinemas, in what was then the Skyline Hotel. It is listed here under Skyline and opened in 1971 and closed in 1991.

telliott
telliott on November 16, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Boy is the photo and map location ever off for this theatre-the Skyway 6. It was at 25 Carlson Court at Dixon Rd and Hwy 27, nowhere near Airport Rd & Derry. This should be changed and updated.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm

This opened on June 25, 1981. I uploaded the grand opening ad here.

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