601-650 West 41st Avenue,
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Opened in 1985, Oakridge Cinemas was Canada’s first THX certified movie theater. Built inside a mall within the confines of approximately 18,000 square feet, Oakridge is capable of seating over 1,120 guests between three auditoriums.
The theater is largely unchanged from its opening, save for three large renovations: the box office was moved from the south corner of the mall-side entrance to the north corner, the balcony concession stand was demolished, and the carpet was replaced after 5 years. The original marquee signs, seats, screen curtains and paint scheme are all in tact for the most part. All three auditoriums have gone through minor changes, most notably to accomodate wheelchair seating as this has resulted in the removal of seats. Currently auditoriums one, two and three seat approximately 620, 252 and 253 patrons respectively.
Oakridge’s most unique feature is inside auditorium one. Boasting over 110 seats, auditorium one’s impressive balcony extends out over a third of the lower orchestra. Featuring tiered seating where the rest of the complex is designed with sloped floors, the balcony is only accessible from the main entrance level of the theater.
Outside of holidays, school-breaks and the long summer season, Oakridge Cinemas operates as a night house on the week days. Business levels are moderate, and generally this theater does not sell out.
The Oakridge Cinemas were closed on January 2, 2012.
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