Comment 36954

By UrbanRenaissance (registered) | Posted January 11, 2010 at 11:26:59

I originally created this for another project I'm working on but in light of Concession Stand's post I thought I'd post it here.

As you can see from the map, aside from Jackson Square every other multiplex in the city is on the mountain, specifically the areas next to the Linc.

Concession accurately points out that the cheap land on the escarpment was the driving force behind the closures. Theatre companies could build larger new facilities on the mountain cheaply and then close the existing theatres in the lower city to drive patrons up the hill. (See Centre Mall, Fiesta Mall, the Century theatre, etc) I doubt we'll ever see a large chain build a new multiplex downtown unless Jackson Square closes the theatre.

What I could (and hope to) see happening is a smaller theatre like the Movie Palace or the Bloor Street Cinema opening downtown. Maybe even a specialty theatre like the ones in the US that only allow adults over 21 and contain full bars and restaurants inside. Lord knows I'd pay extra to be ensured that I don't have to sit next to someone who texts or talks to friends through the whole movie!

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