Cinema Banque Scotia Montreal

977 Rue Sainte-Catherine O,
Montreal, QC H3B

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Cinema Banque Scotia Montreal

The Paramount Montreal is located inside the historic former Simpsons building at the corner of Ste. Catherine West and Metcalfe Street. Occupying a full six floors, its ultramodern design incorporates the architecture of this turn-of-the-century structure. In contrast to the existing facade, the design creates a sense of lightness and transparency.

The exterior signage is inspired by Art Deco. Programmed special lighting and fibre optics create various visual effects including the movement of film. The urban Art Deco theme is continued in the interior design’s variety of colours and textures. Large fibreglass panels suspended in open spaces serve as projection screens and add to the interior�s sense of transparency. The design is versatile, so that theming can be changed quickly and easily to accommodate different tastes or to respond to various clienteles and special events.

Four dazzlingly lit escalators lead to two main lobbies, 12 auditoriums, a Famous Players IMAX® theater and other attractions including the Bar des Étoiles and Café des Étoiles which serves specialty sandwiches, salads and desserts. Paramount Montreal also has a TechTown Interactive Gaming Centre and two party rooms.

Paramount Montreal also is among the continent’s most successful and popular theaters. In April 2007, it was renamed Cinema Banque Scotia.

Contributed by Chad Irish

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

rivest266 on October 5, 2009 at 4:26 pm

IrishCine, I have posted this photo with the cinema in front and the Tour Scotia, which houses the Quebec HQ in the back.

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Beautiful HDR night photo is at View link

Azzaelea on January 20, 2010 at 4:03 pm

A picture I took last night of Cinema Banque Scotia—>

rivest266 on December 15, 2010 at 5:49 pm

An row of D-Box motion seats was installed in time for the new Harry Potter movie in Cinema 6 and Cinema 7 has been converted into an UltraAvx cinema with an slightly larger screen and larger and more comfortable seats.
UltraAvx has the same rates as the IMAX screen.

Old Simpson’s floors:
B Shopping mall and food court with indoor connections for Le Cours Mt. Royal (which had the old Egypiten cinema) for the Peel Metro and Place Montreal Trust for the McGill Metro.

Is the IMAX screen the largest in Quebec?
Ground: Simons, Ticketing lobby for the cinema
2: Simons
3-5: Cinemas 1-6, the amusement arcade and most refreshment areas
4: IMAX lobby (cinema 13)
6-8 Cinemas 7-12, party rooms and bar.

rivest266 on January 4, 2012 at 10:43 am

I uploaded the newspaper grand opening ad as well as the flyer that was handed out. When it opened, Famous Players took over all the ads in the Peel metro station as well as many other metro stations.

SilverPlaqueVII on February 8, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Should be listed as Cineplex.

SilverPlaqueVII on February 9, 2014 at 10:46 am

As told above that it listed as Cineplex, it should be given a proper name: “Cinéma Banque Scotia Montréal” and was formerly operated by Famous Players as Mike said from June 1999 until the merger in 2005 as Paramount Montreal (until the renaming in 2007).

rivest266 on September 4, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Outside of the building is being repaired. Cinema and the rest of the building remain open during the construction. September 2016 photo added.

theatrefan on October 4, 2016 at 1:56 pm

Any idea what happened rivest266? I thought the building was renovated extensively from 97-99 when they were converting the former Simpson’s Store into the Paramount Multiplex.

rivest266 on October 8, 2016 at 1:14 pm

More repair work photo uploaded. Also, the owner of the Simons is making noises for renovations. The building owner, an insurance company inspected the facade and decided to make repairs.

rivest266 on January 4, 2017 at 7:45 am

The outside repairs are completed. Another photo section of the building in the photo section. When the weather improves, the banners etc. will be back up.

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