Scotiabank Theatre Halifax

190 Chain Lake Drive,
Halifax, NS B3S 1C5

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Operated by: Cineplex Entertainment

Previously operated by: Empire Theatres

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Empire Theatres Bayers Lake, Cineplex Bayers Lake

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 902.876.4800

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Scotiabank Theatre Halifax - Auditorium 5

Located in the Bayers Lake Business Park. The Bayers Lake opened December 12, 1997 with 12 screens and was expanded in 1999. This is the largest theatre in Atlantic Canada and at time of opening was Atlantic Canada’s only IMAX screen.

Seating is listed at 3,647 with the smallest auditorium seating 138 and the largest 336 with the IMAX seating 271.

Amenities include stadium seating, digital sound, IMAX experience, digital projection, digital 3D and first run attractions. It was taken over by Cineplex Entertainment in October 2013.

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SilverPlaqueVII on February 9, 2014 at 4:13 am

Add Mike again, it’s now Cineplex Cinemas Bayers Lake.

SilverPlaqueVII on February 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm

…and once again me, this will be rebranded as Scotiabank Theatre Bayers Lake later this year.

SnakeChess5 on December 9, 2014 at 5:08 am

Correction, it’s not Scotiabank Theatre Bayers Lake, it’s Scotiabank Theatre Halifax. With the exception of Scotiabank Theatre Chinook in Calgary, AB, all Scotiabank Theatres are named according to the city within which they reside (Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Toronto, Montreal, St. John’s).

SnakeChess5 on December 9, 2014 at 5:21 am

Also it should be noted that several changes will be taking place to this location over the next 2 years. The lobby area will be undergoing renovations to better reflect the standards within Cineplex, which will mean an expanded and refurbished arcade, a re-location of the lounge space with new and better funishings, and a new box office located more apparently as you enter the building. Additionally, one of the auditoriums will be renovated and converted into an Ultra AVX; Cineplex’s brand of premium large format theatres, which will include reserved stadium seating, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound, modified screen, and RealD 3D projection. Finally, the back right corner of the building will receive extensive renovations as this location will be the first in Atlantic Canada to offer Cineplex’s VIP Experience, which will include a licenced lounge, sports bar, VIP concessions, restaurant-style menu, and 3 VIP Cinemas which include reserved, leather, recliner-style seating, swing-out tray-tables, and in theatre attendants (from which you can order and have food/drinks delivered to you up to the commencement of trailers). With all of this in mind, it would be prudent to update the name at the top, as well as the image in about 2-3 years time once all the major changes to the building have been completed.

SilverPlaqueVII on January 18, 2015 at 1:18 am

Since Cineplex bought all Maritime theatres, the name “Cineplex Cinemas” serves as a placeholder for the cinemas there until they renames them to Galaxy and SilverCity (e.g., Galaxy Cinemas Millbrook, SilverCity Fredericton Cinemas, etc…)

Spire on January 25, 2015 at 6:23 am

Actually, Cineplex is no longer using the SilverCity brand name for new theatres: all of their recent theatre openings have either been using the “Cineplex Cinemas” or “Scotiabank Theatre” brands, with only a few “Galaxy Cinemas”. At all the Halifax area theatres, they’ve installed permanent signing that says “Cineplex Cinemas” on all theatres, except this theatre, which is now called “Scotiabank Theatre Halifax” (no idea why the name was recently changed on here.) Further to that, one only needs to look on the Cineplex Press Releases website to see that this theatre was officially renamed as such:

Cineplex Press Release

Spire on August 9, 2016 at 7:03 am

This theatre opened on December 12th, 1997, with 12 screens. Auditoriums 1-6 and 11-12 featured “traditional” seating, while auditoriums 7-10, the largest in the complex with 336 seats each, featured stadium seating, the first auditoriums in Atlantic Canada to feature this. However, harking from the early design era of stadium seating, these four theatres feel flawed today, with screens that are somewhat small and feel distant from the stadium seating.

The IMAX Screen was opened a month later, and was one of IMAX’s first forays into multiplex cinemas (as well as the first in Canada, I believe.) There was a fair bit of controversy at the time about the location choice, a bit outside the city centre, as a competing group of business-people had been proposing an IMAX Theatre to be located in Downtown Halifax, and were quite upset that IMAX chose Empire’s proposal over theirs.

The theatre complex was an immediate hit, and in 1999, five more auditoriums (13-17) were added in a new wing, and auditoriums 3-4 and 11-12 were renovated with stadium seating. To this day, auditoriums 2, 5 and 6 still don’t have stadium seating, and are the only auditoriums in the Halifax area to completely lack it. However, the screens are of a good size, and they’re still good places to see a film.

In 2010, the complex underwent its first round of major renovations, and auditorium 1 was removed to make way for an expanded concession stand and new washrooms. The IMAX theatre was renumbered #1 (from #18), and all other auditoriums kept their number.

In 2011, all auditoriums, including the IMAX theatre, were converted to digital projection.

In 2013, the complex was taken over by Cineplex, who have left their mark on the complex in a big way, completely transforming the interior finishings.

Auditoriums 7-12 feature underwhelming screens that are quite far from the stadium seating, and pale in comparison to those at Park Lane and Dartmouth Crossing. The other auditoriums feature stadium seating of a more modern design, and work quite well.

As this complex prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary next year, we shall see what Cineplex has in store for it…

rivest266 on August 21, 2016 at 6:07 pm

This was the first IMAX in a multiplex in Canada. Edwards Cinemas opened one in early 1996 in Orange County in California.

arcticspill on August 12, 2022 at 6:50 pm

As a kid growing up 30 minutes away in Cole Harbour, going to this theatre was a legit big deal in 1997! It was massive, had cool projections in the lobby, and had a true IMAX, which I first visited on a school field trip. Now, the theatre is old in parts, like Spire mentioned above from 2016. It hasn’t changed. It’s like any medium-large Cineplex in Canada now, but was so unique to our area when it opened, and likely laid plans for similar larger theatres like at the Avalon Mall in St. John’s.

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