Cinema Banque Scotia Montreal

977 Rue Sainte-Catherine O,
Montreal, QC H3B

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Cinema Banque Scotia Montreal

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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.

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rivest266 on February 11, 2006 at 5:26 pm

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according to this for the right price, you can have this theatre named after you

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Cineplex Entertainment Announces Naming Rights Available For Four Paramount Theatres

TORONTO, ONTARIO—(CCNMatthews – Jan. 31, 2006) – Cineplex Entertainment (TSX:CGX.UN) today announced that the four Paramount-branded theatres located in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal will be re-named and are available for long-term naming right sponsorship.

Ellis Jacob, President and CEO of Cineplex Entertainment, said “This is truly an extraordinary opportunity for a company to extend their brand awareness and positively position themselves with Cineplex, one of the most highly recognized brands in the country, as well as in the North American entertainment industry. These entertainment destinations host millions of people each year including one of the most highly sought after demographics – our country’s youth.”

These four theatres represent the ultimate in state-of-the-art technology and immersive movie-going environments, with all four theatre complexes conveniently located in the downtown cores of Canada’s biggest cities.

The first Paramount-branded theatre — a modern palace of neon and glass — opened in the heart of Toronto’s downtown club district in May of 1999 and instantly became the destination for urban movie-goers in the area.

Over the next six years, the Paramount Montreal, with its art deco theme, Paramount Calgary, featuring an Egyptian-inspired Temple design, and Paramount Vancouver, with decor inspired by the natural beauty of the West Coast, followed.

These theatres represent the pinnacle of modern urban cinemas, boasting wall-to-wall screens 40-60 feet wide, comfortable all-stadium seating, IMAX theatres, branded food outlets and some feature licensed lounges and private clubs for special events and parties.

The company that elects to sponsor these theatres will benefit from having their brand appear in daily print and online movie listings, exterior and interior signage at the theatres, in on-screen digital pre-shows, in addition to other special promotional opportunities and in conversation – “Let’s meet at the ABC Cineplex theatre”.

The sponsorship agreement is being handled by Cineplex Media. All interested parties can get more information by contacting Cineplex Media President, Salah Bachir, at 416-539-8800 extension 222 or via email at

About Cineplex Entertainment LP:

Cineplex Entertainment LP owns, operates or has an interest in 130 theatres with 1,275 screens (after giving effect to the 7 theatres and 80 screens in Quebec to be divested pursuant to a consent agreement with the Canadian Commissioner of Competition) and is the largest motion picture exhibitor in Canada. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the Partnership operates theatres with the following six top-tier brands: Cineplex Odeon, Coliseum, Colossus, Famous Players, Galaxy and SilverCity. Proudly Canadian, Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund, which owns approximately 50.6% of Cineplex Entertainment LP, is a public company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund (symbol CGX.UN). More information can be found at or at

rivest266 on October 23, 2008 at 5:38 pm

Since April 2007 this theatre is known as Cinéma Banque Scotia. the sign finally went up in October, 2008. I have posted a gallery of pictures at View link

irishcine on June 11, 2009 at 7:53 am

While many cinemas have strange names, this must be one of the strangest. Persons seeking a cinema and a Bank must be greatly puzzled.

rivest266 on October 5, 2009 at 6:26 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 6:03 pm

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

rivest266 on December 15, 2010 at 7:49 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 12:43 pm

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 10:21 pm

Should be listed as Cineplex.

SilverPlaqueVII on February 9, 2014 at 12:46 pm

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 4:30 pm

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

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