Cineplex Cinemas Fairview Mall

1800 Sheppard Avenue,
Toronto, ON M2J 5A7

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Spectrum Entertainment on April 22, 2022 at 5:10 pm

As mentioned by Mike, the cinema was owned by NGC Theatres, which Famous Players booked. They originally opened this cinema as a single screen, with its opening attraction being “The Out-of-Towners” in colour. NGC was sold off to Canadian Theatres of Calgary in 1973, who bought Odeon Cinemas of Canada to become Canadian Odeon. One thing led to another, and they became Cineplex Odeon. Sometime during these events, it was twinned.

Cineplex Odeon closed the duplex favouring a six-screen multiplex in another area of the mall that opened on December 9, 1988. Its opening films were “Twins” (THX), “The Land Before Time,” “Cocoon: The Return,” “Without a Clue” and “My Stepmother is an Alien.” Cineplex Odeon closed the six-screen multiplex on February 15, 2001, with its final films being “Hannibal”(THX), “Saving Silverman,” “Head Over Heels,” “The Wedding Planner,” “Snatch,” and “Traffic.”

Rainbow Cinemas re-opened this cinema on July 19, 2002, opening with “K-19 Widowmaker,” “Eight-Legged Freaks,” “Lilo & Stitch,” “Mr. Deeds,” “Men in Black II,” and “Stuart Little 2.” They later closed it on January 10, 2008, with its final films being “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Water Horse: Legend of the Deep,” “I am Legend,” “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Alvin & the Chipmunks,” and “National Treasure: Book of Secrets.”

Almost eleven months later, Cineplex Entertainment rebuilt the complex as SilverCity Fairview Mall with nine screens that opened on December 5, 2008. Its opening films included “Bolt,” “Four Christmases,” “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” “Punisher: War Zone,” “Quantum of Solace,” “Role Models,” “The Transporter 3” and “Twilight.” As of late 2016, the cinema was renamed Cineplex Cinemas Fairview Mall.

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Spectrum Entertainment on November 24, 2019 at 10:21 pm

SilverCity signage replaced with Cineplex Cinemas signage as of 2019.

SilverPlaqueVII on November 27, 2016 at 10:22 pm

UPDATE: SilverCity signage still intact, but name changed to Cineplex Cinemas Fairview Mall (many of the SilverCities kept their signs or replaced altogether).

SilverPlaqueVII on November 24, 2016 at 9:44 pm

Asserted from 2 years ago, the Xscape Arcade replaced the lounge which moved to Don Mills VIP.

SilverPlaqueVII on July 30, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Silvercity Fairview recently added the Xscape Entertainment Theatre as of now. So long Techtown.

rivest266 on March 5, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Also uploaded the 2008 grand opening ad

telliott on January 27, 2014 at 2:23 pm

It’s also called Silvercity Fairview. Never CC Willowdale.

SilverPlaqueVII on January 27, 2014 at 1:58 pm

This theatre should be listed as open (showing movies) and it has 9 screens. It is now operated by Cineplex since December 2008.

JCharles on December 4, 2013 at 4:28 pm

See the photo section for the ad announcing the original theatre’s opening on Aug. 5, 1970.

rivest266 on January 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I uploaded the 1988 grand opening ad.

qwo06 on September 15, 2010 at 2:34 am

Yes, the cinemas were all rebuilt from scratch.

igoudge on August 5, 2010 at 10:36 am

Only managed to make it up to the Fairview Rainbow once and it defintely served its purpose and was a nice enough discount theatre but with all of the renovations the mall was going through at the time (this was back in 2006) I am not surprised Rainbow got kicked out and Cineplex/Famous took the property back. Have to make the trek up there at some point to see what they managed to do with the space, I imagine they started almost from scratch but…..

PeterD on July 23, 2009 at 11:31 am

This was the last projection booth I ever worked, in July of 1999 when it was still a Cineplex-Odeon booth. When my booth at the Showcase closed, they moved the ORC platter and Vic-8 projector into auditorium #1 at Fairview. The picture was huge and stunning. Booths 2-6 were Simplex heads, Balco platters and somewhat-unique CPA-10 automations.

telliott on January 17, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Exctly Im Not Famous, i think Cadillac Fairview wanted a more upscale, up to date cinema complex for the “new” Fairview Mall. The Victoria Terrace was also a very nice theatre complex especially that nice lobby with the big windows looking out over the parking lot. That became a gym I believe. It’s nice to know though that Fairview will not be without a theatre but will be getting a newer more modern one.

qwo06 on January 17, 2008 at 4:36 pm

I think the landlords of Bayview Village kicked out Atlantis Alliance for some local business person who wants to open a spa, something like that. I think the new Silvercity will help make up the lost of Bayview Village or more likely the old Victoria Terrace. The Rainbow cinemas were fine but not to Cadillac Fairview who thinks it is out of date, 80’s style and the mall is going under a renovation and redevelopment project.

telliott on January 17, 2008 at 4:16 pm

That will be nice to have a brand new theatre complex at Fairview. The Rainbow cinemas were perfectly fine, but of course they didn’t have the standard stadium seating and curved screens that all the latest have. When Fairview Mall first opened in 1970, it had one large cinema in what was then the NW corner of the mall, that was later twinned. Too bad though that along Sheppard Ave to the west that the Bayview Village 4 closed which were perfect for the kind of independent, art type films they showed. Thought for sure that someone else would have opened them up again. They were out of the way, in the basement of the mall, so can’t imagine what they’ll use the space for now.

qwo06 on January 17, 2008 at 12:40 am

This Rainbow closed on Jan 11, 2008 because the landlords have kicked them out in flavor of Cineplex returning to the mall. This is will be interesting because of the limited space of the cinemas and how Cineplex going to enlarge the theaters. Will it be a Silvercity similar to Oakville? I will not be surprised if it is a Silvercity since another Silvercity have been sold to Empire Theaters. The nearest Silvercity is located in Richmond Hill. There are two Cineplex Odeons at Eglinton Square and at Sheppard and Yonge. Up north in Markham is another Cineplex Odeon. This theater is scheduled to open at the end of this year.