Convention Centre Cinema
375 York Avenue,
375 York Avenue,Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J3
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Opened in June 1976. Grand opening ad posted.
Sorry, but the Convention Centre was a single screen theatre. I used to service the equipment from about 1990 thru 1995 and defineitely would have noticed a second set of projectors!
The equipment was Ballantyne Pro-35 projectors on Ballantyne Model VII soundheads with Strong Lumex lamphouses running 1600 watt xenon bulbs all mounted on Ballantyne VIP bases. The sound system was mono and they ran 6000 foot reels, so a changeover was necessary every hour or so. The rectifiers were single phase thyristor current controlled (the only ones I’ve ever seen) with buck/boost transformers mounted on the line side to try and compensate for some of the wild power fluctations in that building.
The Convention Centre Cinema closed its doors forever sometime in late May 2002. The Convention Centre Cinema closed with a friday night Retro Double Bill showing of “E.T.” & “Back To The Future” This theater is now called the Convention Theater with shows live plays & sometimes live magic shows.