Cineplex is among the most notable movie theater chains in Canada. The chain consists of more than 160 theaters across the country while its headquarters are in Toronto, Ontario. The company itself has undergone several changes in ownership and names including its former names, Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund and Galaxy Entertainment Inc.
The Cineplex Cinemas brand is its primary brand but Cineplex Entertainment LP, the chain’s operating subsidiary, also operates several other brands including Cineplex Odeon, Galaxy Cinemas, and Cineplex VIP Cinemas. There are also several entertainment brands under its umbrella, such as Player One Amusement Group and Xscape Entertainment Center, as well as restaurant brands like Poptopia and OutTakes.
Below are the estimated Cineplex ticket prices.
|Adult - Regular||$13.99|
|Child (3-13) - Regular||$8.99|
|Senior (65+) - Regular||$9.99|
|Adult - VIP 19+||$25.99|
|Adult - UltraAVX||$16.99|
|Child (3-13) - UltraAVX||$11.99|
|Senior (65+) - UltraAVX||$12.99|
|Adult - UltraAVX 3D||$18.99|
|Child (3-13) - UltraAVX 3D||$13.99|
|Senior (65+) - UltraAVX 3D||$14.99|
|Adult - IMAX 3D||$19.99|
|Child (3-13) - IMAX 3D||$12.99|
|Senior (65+) - IMAX 3D||$13.99|
|Adult - 4DX||$24.99|
|Child (3-13) - 4DX||$19.99|
|Senior (65+) - 4DX||$20.99|
According to Cineplex, its earliest predecessor was the Famous Players Film Company, which was founded in 1912 and later became Paramount Pictures. Famous Players, however, didn’t have operations in Canada until it bought the Paramount Theatre chain from Nathan Nathanson in 1920; the Paramount Theater chain was founded in 1916.
But it was only in 1979 when the Cineplex brand was first used in a theater, the Toronto Eaton Centre, in 1979. The men behind it were Nat Taylor and Garth Drabinsky.
Film Facilities and Food Options
Cineplex Cinemas offer several types of screens with a wide range of prices. The theaters with premium screens feature large-screen formats and motion seats, thus, the higher ticket prices. There are Prime Seats in selected auditoriums, too; these are reserved seats in the middle of the theater for the best views.
The theaters with IMAX screens are popular venues for watching Hollywood blockbusters and mainstream movies because of the superior quality of the images. The screens typically measure between 73 to 119 feet, and many locations offer its customers IMX 70mm film playback.
The UltraAVX theaters are more luxurious than the other types. This is because of their wall-to-wall screen equipped with 4K projectors and Dolby Atmos surround sound system, which provide movie-goers with an enhanced sense of being in the movie. These theaters also accept bookings for reserved seats for small and large groups.
Many Cineplex theaters also have D-Box seats, which have motion effects in sync with the action on the screen. The seats move up and down, side to side, and even rock to give viewers a more exciting time at the movies. Many theaters also offer a combination of UltraAVX screens and D-Box seats, a combo that comes with a higher price but it’s always well worth the experience.
For a more luxurious and immersive experience for adults, there’s the VIP Cinemas brand. In VIP Cinemas locations, you can avail of reserved seating, a convenient service when you’re with a group. You also have the benefit of plush leather seats with reclining function, tables for placing your food and drinks, and in-theater meal services, as well as a VIP Lounge with a full bar and a lobby area.
You can choose from a wide range of premium food and drinks including wines, beers and cocktails. The full bar means that there’s limited access to the VIP Cinemas – only persons of legal drinking age are allowed. Alcoholic drinks may also be enjoyed inside the auditorium in selected locations.
Among the latest technology introduced is the 4D film format (4DX). It was launched at the Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas theater on November 4, 2016, the first theater to feature the technology in Canada. It usually includes stereoscopic 3D, seat motion, and special effects including strobes, smell and wind.
But if you’re looking for a more advanced cinema technology, you should check out the Scotiabank Theatre Toronto! Here, you will love the IMAX virtual reality (IMAX VR) center, the first of its kind, too, in the country.
Cineplex Cinemas isn’t just about the movies. Most locations also have entertainment areas for kids and kids at heart, such as the XScape Entertainment Centre. These entertainment centers offer traditional arcade games and redemption games, as well as party rooms and lounge rooms in some locations. These also use card systems in storing points and credits, as well as offer the Scene rewards system for customers.
Scene, or stylized as SCENE, was launched in 2007 as the entertainment rewards program by Cineplex Entertainment and Scotiabank. The rewards include free movie tickets, sports goods, and restaurant meals.
In terms of food and drinks, Cineplex Cinemas has the court covered, too. Most locations have restaurants like OutTakes and Poptopia. The latter offers a wide range of flavored popcorn served in a full service-style restaurant although some locations only have concessions stands serving kettle corn in various flavors and caramel corn.
Ice cream, cold and hot beverages, and alcoholic drinks are also available in most Cineplex locations. Chocolates, candies and sweet treats can also be bought at concession stands. The Cineplex Combos are an all-in-one food and drink package, which may consist of a bag of popcorn, ice-cold soft drink, and candy.
To find a Cineplex near you, visit their official website.