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Jason Whyte commented about Caprice Showcase Theatres on Jan 19, 2014 at 8:49 am

I have uploaded over 100 photos to this page including all three theaters, lobby, exterior and projection. It took quite a while but here’s a complete document of the Caprice’s 25 year reign in Langford.

The Caprice was one of my favorite movie theaters. A world class operation all the way with perfect 35mm projection and presentation quality, run very well by staff and management and was very popular with locals.

I was a fan for many years and am very sad to see it go.

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Jason Whyte commented about Blue Bridge at the Roxy on Jan 12, 2014 at 10:17 am

No longer showing movies as of Xmas 2013.

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Jason Whyte commented about Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas on Nov 22, 2013 at 8:51 am

Sometime in mid-2014 this location (which I visited before TIFF and absolutely loved) will be fully renovated and losing a screen for VIP treatment. What this press release doesn’t mention is the entire cinema will also have its decor changed and likely all new seating throughout.

“Cineplex Entertainment today announced plans to open its latest VIP Cinemas at Toronto’s Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas mid-next year.

VIP Cinemas are a premium, adults-only movie-going experience that offers service at your seat, comfortable reserved seating, a licenced lounge and auditoriums, specialty appetizers and entrees, a dedicated box office and much more.

When the renovation is complete, six traditional auditoriums will be transformed into five VIP Cinema auditoriums and a licenced lounge. The renovated theatre will be re-named Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP, and will feature the new VIP Cinemas, as well as a cutting edge UltraAVX auditorium, an IMAX auditorium and 16 traditional auditoriums.

Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas, located at 10 Dundas East, will remain open during construction. Construction begins today and the theatre will welcome its first VIP guests in mid-2014."

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Jason Whyte commented about Capitol 6 on Oct 18, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Attended the last night of shows on Thursday and it was a very bitersweet evening. Small crowds at each screening and some staff and old managers came to visit. I stayed there with my camera, snapping some last photos before leaving about midnight. Like David said, this opened in the summer of 1981 and aside from some renovations (replacing the dome over the entrance was a big one) changes in carpet, seating and concession area not much about the place had changed. It was a well preserved museum of 1980’s multiplex moviegoing.

This theater will very likely be demolished as Empire is selling it as real estate. There is also a huge parking lot behind the cinema that can also be used for a new development.

I would have loved for Magic Lantern to come in and take over the cinema, but it has an incredible amount of $$$ needed for repairs and renovations, and the attendance has been so low for so long that I don’t think anyone could make a go of it, really. I was in Toronto recently for TIFF and liked what they did with the Carlton, and the Market Square cinema was an excellent visit.

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Jason Whyte commented about Capitol 6 on Oct 16, 2013 at 11:13 am

Odeon tends to get better bookings than the Capitol as well. It has been like that for years. Higher profile Oscar titles, foreign and film fest titles would almost always go to the Odeon too, titles which people would come downtown for. Capitol would get more blockbuster/family product but those did way better at Silvercity and Westshore out of town.

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Jason Whyte commented about Capitol 6 on Oct 16, 2013 at 9:00 am

I have hundreds of Capitol pics to post, including original 1981 construction and opening day photos. I have completely documented this cinema over the last two months. Both upper and lower lobbies, all six cinemas, concession, projection booth and exterior are all photographed (SOME of them are posted on here). As well I’ll be shooting more photos (mostly exterior, day/night) and video today and tomorrow.

Sadly, despite the coolness of the cinema and its HUGE Cinema #2 (one of my favorite auditoriums on the planet featuring one of the best sound systems), the theater was not making money whatsoever. Attendance has dropped catastrophically over the years to the point where you’d have less than a dozen people in the entire building for a set. It’s depressing considering how busy and profitable this cinema used to be. Cinema #2 still has the highest seating capacity for any cinema on the island.

Odeon doesn’t have stadium seating either, unless you count #5, which was the balcony of the original 1949 theater. The 1997 expansion and the downstairs auditoriums are still flat. Odeon is still going strong and likely could get another modern renovation in the future.

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Jason Whyte commented about Capitol 6 on Oct 15, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Capitol is closing Thursday, October 17th as this was not one of the theaters up to sale to Landmark Cinemas of Canada. Many photos, comments and more notes to come.

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Jason Whyte commented about Capitol 6 #2 auditorium left on Aug 15, 2013 at 9:20 am

Capitol 6 opened in the summer of 1981, and this carpet was installed in roughly 2004 before Empire took over operations in fall 2005.

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Jason Whyte commented about Denman Place Cinema on Oct 10, 2012 at 12:47 am

Status should now be closed, as the cinema shut down on September 30th, 2012, and IS becoming a Dollarama. Now downtown Vancouver only has two cinemas (Scotiabank 9 and International Village 12) in operation.

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Jason Whyte commented about Empire Granville 7 Cinemas on Oct 10, 2012 at 12:46 am

Empire Granville 7 will be closing on Sunday, November 4th, 2012 after a South Asian film festival rental. This leaves downtown Vancouver with only TWO cinemas (Scotiabank 9 and International Village 12, both Cineplex) as of November.

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Jason Whyte commented about Famous Players Station Square Cinemas on Aug 29, 2012 at 10:39 am

Station Square 7 to close on September 3rd, 2012. Which is not surprising as Cineplex never updated to digital at this location. I took photos recently and will add more to the site soon.

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Jason Whyte commented about Empire Capitol 7 on Feb 27, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Hey Tim,

I think I recall those Uptown pics were from another person’s Flickr account. That and the archive photos were the only photos I ever found of the place.

As for the Kingston 7, I couldn’t find photos either but it would appear the multiplexing was done under the 80’s Famous Players design where every cinema had a name (“Rialto” “Bijou” etc). There are still two of them in existence in Greater Vancouver (Esplanade 6 in North Van and Station Square 7 in Burnaby) and are both good cinemas.

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Jason Whyte commented about Empire Capitol 7 on Jan 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm

It’s closing? Shame. Always wanted to visit there, but understand if there’s a new one opening nearby. (I keep hearing about how awesome the new Empire locations are, even though they have yet to build one in BC).

I too am curious how they divided it up and would love to see interior photos.

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Jason Whyte commented about Cineplex Cinemas Coquitlam and VIP on Jan 9, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Further update: Five of the 20 screens are now converted to the Cineplex VIP experience. Leather couches, bar and in-seat service. Tix are $19.50 ($22.50 for 3D movies).


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Jason Whyte commented about Oakridge Cinemas on Jan 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Status should now be closed. Tear.

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Jason Whyte commented about Oakridge Cinemas on Dec 27, 2011 at 9:34 pm

It certainly was! Saw my last movie there, SHERLOCK HOLMES 2 about a week ago, and the sound and projection are among the best in the city. Cinema #1, with the balcony and huge capacity (between 620-640) made it a really great place to watch a movie. The theater was doing pretty good business but you can’t stop progress, I suppose, as Oakridge mall really wants to update. I took even more photos recently and will be sending those into Cinematour next week.

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Jason Whyte commented about AMC Interchange 30 on Dec 26, 2011 at 4:24 am

Even as of December, they are still on about 13-14 of their screens. Likely because the cost of booking/operating 30-35 movies in this day and age would put this location in the red.

I know AMC wants out of Canada and this 30 screen could probably be re-done with a much smaller screen count. Calling Empire Theatres!!! ;)

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Jason Whyte commented about Fifth Avenue Cinemas on Dec 26, 2011 at 4:16 am

All digital projection as of December, 2011.

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Jason Whyte commented about Capitol 6 on Dec 22, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Capitol 6 is all digital projection as of September 2011. Large screen #2 has the largest capacity of any cinema in Greater Victoria.

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Jason Whyte commented about Cineplex Cinemas Coquitlam and VIP on Dec 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Update: Complex is all digital now, and one screen has been renovated to the Ultra AVX system.

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Jason Whyte commented about Famous Players Station Square Cinemas on Dec 22, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Cineplex pretty much uses the Station Square now as a “move over” from nearby, 10 screen Silvercity Metropolis; in other words, it’s 17 screens but in two buildings. Strange thing is, Station Square is still all 35mm and Metropolis is all digital now. Time will tell if this cinema stays open…

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Jason Whyte commented about SilverCity Riverport Cinemas on Dec 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Update: The IMAX 15/70 film system (screen #19) will be replaced with the IMAX Digital system in Spring 2012. Screen #1 will be converted to Ultra AVX, meaning that both AVX & IMAX will be in the same complex. Currently, screens 1-18 are all digital.

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Jason Whyte commented about Oakridge Cinemas on Dec 22, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Empire Oakridge 3 will be closing on January 2nd, 2012 as the mall is redeveloping. A Crate & Barrel store will be going in its place. Very sad news as the theater certainly has its history.

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Jason Whyte commented about Cineplex Odeon Victoria on Nov 16, 2011 at 10:25 am

Blade Runner,

I had a talk with good ‘ol GM Pierre at the Odeon recently, showed him this post and he confirmed everything you said. My previous source was a younger GM who told me of the incorrect split…so my apologies on that! And big thanks for all of your memories of working there; that’s really amazing stuff! As I’m also a lot younger, I only have faint memories of the Counting House and the Haida, but I loved those cinemas. The Haida had a small balcony that I loved to “sneak up” into sometimes.

(I’d also like to add to your post that Cineplex Odeon had the Towne until the early 90’s, then Landmark re-opened it as The Vic in ‘95)

As is now, I’m still trying to figure out how the heck they had two screens from the original screen. That twinning must have been a disaster resulting in two narrow, “bowling alley” type theatres. Currently #5 (formerly #1) is known as “The Big House” and people still love it.

On another note, the Odeon is now all digital projection. All of the film equipment has been removed, save for the Century/Prevost in #5 (although I haven’t been in the booth to see if the rest of it is still intact).

Capitol 6 across the street is now 100% digital and all film equipment has been removed.

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Jason Whyte commented about Hollywood Theatre on May 29, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Sad to report that the Hollywood closed on Sunday, May 29th with a showing of CINEMA PARADISO and a Buster Keaton short.