Scotiabank Theatre

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Scotiabank Theatre
Company typeSubsidiary
PredecessorParamount Theatre
FoundedMay 19, 1999; 24 years ago (1999-05-19)
Toronto, Ontario
Number of locations
Area served
OwnerNational Amusements (1999-2005)
Cineplex Entertainment (2005-present)

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.[1]

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.


Vancouver, BC
Ottawa, Ontario
The Famous Players Paramount Theatre logo used in the Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver locations.

The first four locations opened in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver by Famous Players as Paramount theatres.[2] The Paramount Theatre banner was the trademark of Paramount Pictures, the film studio of 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 theatres were rebranded as Scotiabank Theatres, under a sponsorship arrangement with Canadian bank Scotiabank. In 2007, Cineplex Entertainment and Scotiabank expanded their partnership by extending the Scotiabank Theatre banner nationwide, including the rebranding of other remaining Paramount Theatre locations, and by launching the "Scene" entertainment rewards program.[3]

The St. John's and Halifax locations were originally owned by Empire Theatres, but were purchased by Cineplex and rebranded as Cineplex Cinemas in October 2013, then to the Scotiabank Theatre brand in November 2014. Three more locations were formerly branded as SilverCity: the West Edmonton Mall location was rebranded on May 2, 2007,[4] while Ottawa and Winnipeg were rebranded in the summer of 2016.[5]

Three Scotiabank Theatre locations premiered the Barco Escape premium large format in Canada on July 22, 2016.[6][7]


Premium screens[edit]

  • 4DX is currently available at both Alberta locations and the Ottawa location.[8]
  • D-Box motion theatre technology is available at all Scotiabank Theatre locations. Normally, only one auditorium per location features this technology, but Calgary (Chinook) and Vancouver each have two such motion theatres.
    • Four locations, including those with two D-Box auditoriums, offer a D-Box UltraAVX option. This combines the motion theatre technology with 4K resolution and enhanced Dolby sound.
  • IMAX is available at most locations, with an IMAX theatre being planned for the Vancouver location, which is expected to open sometime in 2024. All locations offer Digital IMAX technology, but Scotiabank Theatre Toronto features IMAX with Laser, a significant improvement with 4K resolution and better colour. As of July 2017, IMAX 70 mm film playback is available at both Alberta locations. Cinemas in Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg discontinued film playback.[9]
  • ScreenX features a 270-degree panoramic screen, and is available at the Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Halifax locations.[10]
    • Cineplex previously offered Barco Escape at these locations and at the Edmonton location. This format premiered in Canada on July 22, 2016 with Star Trek Beyond, featuring 20 minutes of the film optimised for this format.[6]
  • UltraAVX is available at most locations, except for Ottawa, Winnipeg and Atlantic locations. These theatres offer 4K resolution and enhanced Dolby sound.
  • VIP Cinemas is exclusively available in three auditoriums at Scotiabank Theatre Saskatoon.

Virtual reality[edit]

In November 2017, an IMAX VR centre opened at Scotiabank Theatre Toronto, as IMAX VR's first location in Canada. The following month, a D-Box VR experience launched at the Ottawa location.[11][12]


Former fire-breathing dragon animatronic at the West Edmonton Mall location. Removed in 2014 due to maintenance costs

There are currently ten locations:[13]

Province Theatre name Former name City Opening date UltraAVX IMAX
British Columbia Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver Paramount Theatre Vancouver Vancouver April 29, 2005 Green tickY Red XN
Alberta Scotiabank Theatre Calgary-Chinook Paramount Theatre Chinook Calgary March 23, 2001 Green tickY Green tickY
Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton SilverCity West Edmonton Mall Cinemas Edmonton May 14, 1999 Green tickY Green tickY
Saskatchewan Scotiabank Theatre Saskatoon and VIP Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon Saskatoon September 1, 2006 Green tickY Green tickY
Manitoba Scotiabank Theatre Winnipeg SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas Winnipeg November 24, 1999 Red XN Green tickY
Ontario Scotiabank Theatre Toronto Paramount Theatre Toronto Toronto May 19, 1999 Green tickY Green tickY
Scotiabank Theatre Ottawa SilverCity Gloucester Cinemas Ottawa May 19, 1999 Red XN Green tickY
Quebec Cinéma Banque Scotia Montreal Cinéma Paramount Montreal Montreal June 18, 1999 Green tickY Green tickY
Nova Scotia Scotiabank Theatre Halifax Empire 18, Cineplex Cinemas Bayers Lake Halifax December 12, 1997 Red XN Green tickY
Newfoundland and Labrador Scotiabank Theatre St. John's Empire Studio 12, Cineplex Cinemas Avalon Mall St. John's December 17, 1999 Red XN Green tickY


As with many Cineplex locations, Scotiabank Theatre offers pizza and coffee at all of its locations. Montreal adds two Tim Hortons restaurants: a larger one on Saint Catherine Street that is accessible to the public, and a smaller one near the concession stand that is only available to theatre patrons. As these are Cineplex locations, they will accept Cineplex gift cards and Scotiabank Scene rewards, but not Tim Hortons gift cards. In 2022, it was removed completely and Starbucks took over the space outside the cinema. Alcohol is served at the Edmonton, Ottawa, Saskatoon and Toronto locations. Ottawa and Toronto have all their auditoriums licensed for alcohol consumption. The Saskatoon location only has its VIP auditoriums licensed for alcohol.


Xscape arcade are available at Scotiabank Theatre locations, except for the Vancouver location.[14] These arcades use swipe cards instead of token coins. Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver features coin-operated claw cranes instead.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Scotiabank to put its name on Cineplex theatres". CBC News. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "Famous Players Paramount Theatres". Famous Players. Archived from the original on April 18, 2001. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  3. ^ "Cineplex Entertainment and Scotiabank launch first national Canadian entertainment loyalty rewards program and rename three major Cineplex theatres". May 2, 2007.
  5. ^ "SilverCity Polo Park gets rebranded as Scotiabank Theatre Winnipeg". Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Van Lange, Sarah (July 7, 2016). "Barco Escape Coming Soon to Three Cineplex Theatres" (PDF). Cineplex. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  7. ^ "Star Trek Beyond". Barco. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  8. ^ 4DX
  9. ^ "EXPERIENCE DUNKIRK IN IMAX 70MM FILM AND IMAX WITH LASER". June 27, 2017. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  10. ^ ScreenX
  11. ^ "Toronto's new IMAX VR arcade shows how virtual reality can shape your local theater". The Verge. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  12. ^ "Virtual Cineplex: Canada's leading circuit unveils a new entertainment reality". Film Journal International. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  13. ^ "Find A Theatre". Cineplex. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
  14. ^ "XSCAPE - Participating Theatres". November 25, 2017. Retrieved November 25, 2017.