Scotiabank Theatre Toronto

The Scotiabank Theatre Toronto (formerly Paramount Theatre Toronto) is a major movie theatre at the RioCan Hall in the Entertainment District of downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada at Richmond and John Street owned by Cineplex Entertainment and opened in 1999.[2]

Scotiabank Theatre Toronto
Scotiabank Theatre
The theatre's main entrance
Scotiabank Theatre Toronto is located in Toronto
Scotiabank Theatre Toronto
Scotiabank Theatre Toronto
Location of Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto
Former namesParamount Theatre (1999-2005)
Location259 Richmond Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5V 3M6
CoordinatesCoordinates: 43°38′55″N 79°23′28″W / 43.648622°N 79.391241°W
OwnerFamous Players (1998–2005)
Cineplex Entertainment
Seating typeStadium seating
Capacity4500 seats[1]
Broke ground1997[1]
ArchitectMichael Kirkland[2]


Scotiabank Theatre Toronto has a total of 14 auditoriums, including one with an IMAX screen, six with 3D screen, one UltraAVX auditorium with D-Box and a Barco Escape auditorium. The auditoriums and amenities are located on the third floor of the complex, accessed by escalator and elevator. The box office and the theatre entrance is located on Richmond Street West. The box office and escalator areas were decorated with large spaceships from the Star Trek series of films, but the ships were removed and disposed of in August, 2018.


RioCan Hall
The theatre's RioCan Hall complex in 2018

The theatre opened in 1999 as the Paramount Theatre Toronto. The multiplex opened with 14 screens and 4,500 seats, and Toronto's first 3-D IMAX screen.[2] The Paramount Theatre banner was the trademark of Paramount Pictures, the film studio of the former owner Famous Players' parent company Viacom. In 2005, Viacom sold Famous Players to Cinema Galaxy Income Fund — owner of Cineplex Galaxy Cinemas — creating the company Cineplex Entertainment. The theatre was rebranded as Scotiabank Theatre Toronto, under a sponsorship arrangement with Canadian bank Scotiabank.

The theatre was built as part of the CA$$70 million RioCan Hall complex (formerly Festival Hall)[2] and planning for the complex and theatre started in 1994.[2] The RioCan Hall[3] also contains a Milestones Grill and Bar, and а Marshalls store. Until May 2014, the space housed a flagship[3] Chapters store.[4] From October 2007 until early 2010, the hall also housed CiRCA nightclub. Before CiRCA, the first tenant was the Playdium family entertainment centre.[3] Though the nightclub and entertainment centre are now closed, Playdium also opened a smaller TechTown arcade in the movie theatre, which remains operational to this day as a Cinescape arcade.

The Theatre hosts the Toronto After Dark Film Festival annually. The festival moved to the Scotiabank Theatre in 2013. The festival is a showcase of horror, sci-fi, action and cult cinema.

The venue opened with a film-based IMAX 3D projector. In recent years, this was replaced to feature an IMAX with Laser projector instead. The laser projection system was the first in Canada and one of two in North America. One of the auditoriums was upgraded to UltraAVX by December 2010.[5] This screen is about 1.32 times larger than a regular movie screen. Later, this auditorium had D-Box motion seats installed as an optional upgrade. Another auditorium was converted to the Barco Escape premium large format in July 2016, as one of three Cineplex locations to add the format. Star Trek Beyond was the first film played in this auditorium, with 20 minutes of the film being optimized for this format.[6][7]

In November 2017, an IMAX VR virtual reality centre opened at Scotiabank Theatre Toronto, as IMAX VR's first location in Canada. The centre includes several cubicles offering access to VR games and experiences, using either HTC Vive or StarVR hardware.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b Deverell, John (May 4, 1997). "Muss and fuss to freshen a tired core". Toronto Star.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Hume, Christopher (May 8, 1999). "Attention Getter". Toronto Star.
  3. ^ a b c Weisblott, Marc (March 31, 2014). "Former downtown Toronto flagship of Chapters bookstore chain to close May 30".
  4. ^ Kitching, Chris (April 1, 2014). "Chapters store at John and Richmond to close in May". CP24.
  5. ^ Marshall, Pat (November 3, 2010). "Cineplex Entertainment Adds UltraAVX™ Auditoriums In British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec". MarketWired. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  6. ^ "Cineplex opening three Barco Escape theatres in Canada". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  7. ^ "Cineplex has a new way to see movies, but is it a gimmick or potential for a pure cinematic experience?". National Post. 2016-07-25. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  8. ^ "Toronto's new IMAX VR arcade shows how virtual reality can shape your local theater". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  9. ^ "Virtual Cineplex: Canada's leading circuit unveils a new entertainment reality". Film Journal International. Retrieved 2018-05-03.

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Barco Escape

Barco Escape was a multi screen video format similar to Cinerama introduced in 2015 by Barco N.V.. The format combines Barco technologies such as Auro 11.1 as well as multi-projection in order to create a panoramic experience. The technology was expected to compete with IMAX and Dolby Cinema. It is now closed.

Buffer Festival

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Cineplex Entertainment

Cineplex Inc. (formerly known as Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund and Galaxy Entertainment Inc.) is a Canadian entertainment company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario.

Through its operating subsidiary Cineplex Entertainment LP, Cineplex operates 165 theatres making it the largest movie theatre chain across Canada. The company operates theatres under numerous brands, including Cineplex Cinemas, Cineplex Odeon, SilverCity, Galaxy Cinemas, Cinema City, Famous Players, Scotiabank Theatres and Cineplex VIP Cinemas. Cineplex also owns and operates multiple brands for entertainment (such as UltraAVX, Xscape Entertainment Centre, Player One Amusement Group) and restaurants (such as OutTakes and Poptopia). It is also a joint partner in the Scene loyalty program with Scotiabank.


IMAX is a system of high-resolution cameras, film formats and film projectors. Graeme Ferguson, Roman Kroitor, Robert Kerr, and William C. Shaw developed the first IMAX cinema projection standards in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Canada. Unlike conventional projectors, the film runs horizontally (see diagram sprocket holes) so that the image width is greater than the width of the film. Since 2002, some feature films have been converted into IMAX format for displaying in IMAX theatres, and some have also been (partially) shot in IMAX. IMAX is the most widely used system for special-venue film presentations. By late 2017, 1,302 IMAX theatre systems were installed in 1,203 commercial multiplexes, 13 commercial destinations, and 86 institutional settings in 75 countries.

IMAX Corporation

The IMAX Corporation is a Canadian theatre company which designs and manufactures IMAX cameras and projection systems as well as performing film development, production, post production and distribution to IMAX affiliated theatres worldwide. Founded in 1968, it has headquarters in the Toronto area, and operations in New York City and Los Angeles.

As of September 2017, there were 1,302 IMAX theatres located in 75 countries, of which 1,203 were in commercial multiplexes. These include IMAX variations such as IMAX 3D, IMAX Dome, and Digital IMAX. The CEO is Richard Gelfond.

John Street (Toronto)

John Street is a street in Downtown Toronto. It runs from Stephanie Street and Grange Park in the north to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Front Street in the south. It is home to a number of Toronto's cultural institutions, including buildings for the CBC, CTV, Toronto International Film Festival. The National Post has described it as "Running directly through the entertainment district, its spine connects many great cultural institutions, popular retail outlets, restaurants and soon-to-be-built condos." The City of Toronto has dubbed the street a "Cultural Corridor" and a report calls it "the centrepiece of the Entertainment District."

List of Cineplex Entertainment movie theatres

This is a list of Canadian movie theatres operated by Cineplex Entertainment, under the Galaxy, Cineplex Odeon, SilverCity, Cinema City, Famous Players, Colossus, Scotiabank Theatre, Cineplex Cinemas and Cineplex VIP Cinemas brandings.

List of IMAX venues

This is a list of IMAX venues which feature either 15/70 mm film projectors or IMAX with Laser projectors. Not included are IMAX venues with solely 2K resolution digital xenon projectors.

Traditional 15/70 mm IMAX locations use 70 mm film projectors, with the film running through the projector(s) horizontally, each frame being 15 perforations wide. 3D presentations are shown using two projectors and either linear polarized or LCD shutter glasses. These locations are capable of displaying aspect ratios as tall as 1.43:1. IMAX with Laser locations use two 4K resolution digital projectors with laser light sources, with 3D content using wavelength multiplex visualization in a similar fashion to Dolby 3D. They are capable of displaying aspect ratios as tall as 1.43:1.

All cinemas feature 3D projection unless noted otherwise.

List of cinemas in Toronto

This is a list of cinemas that exist or have existed in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Player One Amusement Group

Player One Amusement Group (P1AG), formerly Cineplex Starburst, is a Canadian arcade game distributor. It is a subsidiary of Cineplex Entertainment, and was created via the successive mergers and acquisitions of Starburst Coin Machine, Brady Distributing, Premier Amusements, Sega Amusement Works, Tricorp Amusements, and Dandy Amusements.

The company also owns Playdium, a large amusement centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

Scotiabank Theatre

Scotiabank Theatre (French: Cinémas Banque Scotia) is a Canadian banner of multiplex cinemas owned by Cineplex Entertainment. The brand was established in 2007 as part of a wider partnership between Cineplex and Scotiabank on their new Scene loyalty program.The brand is positioned as Cineplex's flagship banner, encompassing ten locations in major markets with a focus on offering premium amenities and formats. They include three locations that formerly operated under the Paramount Theatres brand prior to the acquisition of Famous Players by Cineplex (including the flagship Toronto location), as well as locations rebranded from other Cineplex banners.

Toronto Entertainment District

The Toronto Entertainment District is an area in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is concentrated around King Street West between University Avenue and Spadina Avenue.

It is home to theatres and performing arts centres, three of Toronto's major-league sports teams, and an array of cultural and family attractions. The area is also home to most of the nightclubs in Toronto. The officially designated district does not include Yonge Street, where the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres, Ed Mirvish Theatre, CAA Theatre, and Massey Hall are located, nor does it include the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts or the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

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