Scotiabank Theatre Halifax

190 Chain Lake Drive,
Halifax, NS B3S 1C5

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arcticspill on August 12, 2022 at 10:50 am

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.

rivest266 on August 21, 2016 at 10:07 am

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

Spire on August 8, 2016 at 11:03 pm

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…

Spire on January 24, 2015 at 10:23 pm

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

SilverPlaqueVII on January 17, 2015 at 5:18 pm

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…)

SnakeChess5 on December 8, 2014 at 9:21 pm

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.

SnakeChess5 on December 8, 2014 at 9:08 pm

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).

SilverPlaqueVII on February 12, 2014 at 7:54 am

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

SilverPlaqueVII on February 8, 2014 at 8:13 pm

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

rivest266 on June 28, 2013 at 3:29 pm

This is to be part of the Cineplex Entertainment chain since Empire wants out of the theatre business to pay for the Safeways out west.

Spire on September 18, 2012 at 10:26 pm

The IMAX theatre in this complex opened January 23, 1998, and was the first ever installation of IMAX’s 3D SR projection system. It features a 72x59' screen – I have some great memories of watching IMAX documentaries here.

In June 2011, the theatre was converted to IMAX Digital, much to my disappointment. However, for the run of “The Dark Knight Rises”, one of the 15/70mm SR projectors was reinstalled, and the movie was projected from film – which was an amazing experience. While they’re now back to using the digital projectors, the projectionist I spoke to after a screening (who was flown in by IMAX Corp. from Toronto for the duration of Dark Knight Rises’s run) mentioned that they’re going to keep the SR projectors around in case they ever need them again, and there’s plans to upgrade the theatre to IMAX’s next-generation laser projection system as soon as it goes on the market.

rivest266 on January 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm

The Bayers Lake’s IMAX as of late 2011 is no longer Atlantic Canada’s only IMAX screen. One opened in St. Johns NF at the Avalon Mall. In 2010 Cinema one was removed to enlarge the refreshment area and all other cinemas were renumbered.