Casual commentary about political, cultural and economic issues with a particular interest on the city of Winnipeg by John Dobbin
Sunday, October 23, 2011
A Modest Proposal - Movie Theatres
Cinema City: Before and After
In what is surely a preemptive move from prospective construction of a multi screen movie theatre on the IKEA site, Cineplex Odeon at McGillivray Boulevard and Kenaston Boulevard.
From the beginning, it has been reported that part of the IKEA site was going to movie theatres, possibly from the Empire chain or the expanding AMC chain. This obvious didn't sit well with dominant player Cineplex.
The response from Winnigeggers has been somewhat mixed since a decent second run movie theatre is now going to have first run movies and posh prices.
So now the Cineplex Odeon McGillivary & VIP Cinemas is born.
What will it consist of? It will be eight traditional auditoriums and three VIP screening rooms. Presumably, if Justin Bieber is back in town, he will be able to entertain his girlfriend Selena Gomez at this theatre rather than at Silver City Polo Park.
The Cineplex announcement is part and parcel of $6.5 million of renovation being done to most of the properties the company owns in the city. New concessions, paint, seats and entertainment are all part of what we'll be seeing in the various facilities.
Now...a modest proposal:
Since we are losing a discount movie theatre in the south end of the city, is not time to consider the Empire Theatre location at the Grant Park Mall. It is the only location of the Empire chain in Winnipeg.
If indeed, it is Empire intending on building on the IKEA site, would it not make some sense to possibly convert the Grant Park site to a discount theatre?
I know I'm not the owner or anything but yeesh, we do like our discount theatres in the city and Grant Park might do well by it.
Just picked up the Uniter at McNally Robinson. Saw the story on OMC there. Good job!
I'd love it if the Uniter, Manitoban and Projector were available in boxes around the city. Just sayin'
Despite the fact that so much is online, I love the feel of the paper in my hands.