Scotiabank Theatre Toronto

259 Richmond Street West,
Toronto, ON M5V 3M6

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The Paramount Toronto is the first movie theater to be built in downtown Toronto, south of Bloor Street, in 14 years.

Located in the midst of the Queen Street West shopping, fashion, nightclub, and entertainment district, it has the look of a modern glass palace wrapped in neon. Its giant, multicoloured cube 60 feet above street level pulsates with vibrant light.

Sixteen square foot LED video screens on the cube’s three exposed sides act as a rotating billboard, promoting the Paramount’s coming attractions and special events.

The ground level lobby soars 45 feet high and the escalator that rises five storeys above street level is one of the longest in Canada. The clear, glass wall provides ascending and descending moviegoers with a dramatic view of Richmond Street. Another glass wall along the lobby at the top of the escalator and along the licensed lounge, Vivid, offers a panoramic view of downtown Toronto, overlooking John Street. The SkyDome and CN Tower are just minutes away.

Paramount Toronto’s festive atmosphere is created with elaborate intelligent lighting throughout the lobbies and Vivid lounge. Plasma screens run film trailers as well as music and promotional videos.

Incorporated into this movie palace of the future is a bit of movie’s historic past. Above the escalator is a pair of bronze railings from New York’s famous Paramount Theatre, the opulent site of historic performances by Mae West, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. Closed and dismantled in 1964, the theater was located on Broadway on the street level of the Paramount Building, a 35-story skyscraper that for 40 years served as worldwide headquarters for Paramount Pictures.

All 13 screens and the Famous Players IMAX theater are located on one level. One screen features digital projection.

A special attraction is the stylish Club Room that can be rented for various corporate and special events and receptions.

The theater opened on May 1999 with the release of ‘Star Wars: Episode One The Phantom Menace.’ During that film’s opening week, Paramount Toronto had the fifth highest box office gross on the continent. Paramount Toronto regularly ranks among North America’s top grossing theaters.

Now operated by Cineplex, it has been re-named the Scotiabank Theatre Toronto

Contributed by Chad Irish

Recent comments (view all 35 comments)

John Fink
John Fink on July 11, 2010 at 4:24 am

They’ve shut down NY Fries, KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut in favor of Pizza Pizza and a smaller concession stand that offers chicken fingers and fries (where NY Fries was). Surf City and Burger King are still in operation.

qwo06 on September 6, 2010 at 9:11 am

Well, Cineplex shut down Yum! Brands and NY Files mostly for money reasons. Cineplex don’t want to pay franchising fees and they have a good relationship with Pizza Pizza. The ingredients in their pizzas are inexpensive.

rivest266 on January 7, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I uploaded the 1999 Grand opening ad for this theatre as Paramount.

John Fink, Those fast-food places you mentioned were owned by Pepsi. When Famous Players were taken over by Cineplex, they switched to Coke. and booted out KFC etc.

chuckkahn on January 13, 2013 at 2:29 pm

This article reports that Scotiabank has 4K projection in Cinema 2 (Christie Series 2 4K 3-Chip DLP (HFR Compatible)):—the-top-10-movie-seats-in-toronto

DavidDymond on February 15, 2013 at 2:18 am

I am an old-time employee of Famous Players and I want people to know that I think the Scotiabank formerly Paramount Theatre is really awesome. I have not observed shoddy film presentation on the many many times I have been there. I love the optical illusion that you are falling back on the escalator going up the 5 stories to the main floor. The sightlines and the seating are comfortable — and the screens are large. I am proud of Famous Players for building this megaplex!!!

John Fink
John Fink on September 13, 2014 at 3:46 am

New leather/vinyl rocker seating in all auditoriums, similar to the Ultra AVX seats! (Not sure when they installed them – new since last TIFF at least)

rivest266 on March 5, 2015 at 10:24 pm

First theatre in the world to install IMAX laser projection.

Giles on March 7, 2015 at 3:39 am

what are the dimensions of the IMAX screen?

chuckkahn on February 11, 2016 at 5:40 pm

I was in Scotiabank cinema #4 for The Great Digital Film Festival 5:30pm screening of “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan” and during the scene where Bones gifts Romulan ale to Kirk I could hear the music from the Cineplex animated short “Lily & the Snowman” leaking through the walls from the AVX cinema next door. I guess because the song was a cover of the Genesis song “Follow You Follow Me”, it was on topic and this was acceptable — not. (Because Genesis is also the name of secret project Khan steals in the movie.)

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