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Cineplex Fairway Rd
11-01-2014, 05:22 PM
225 Fairway Rd, Kitchener
Project: The 11 screen 43,000-square-foot theatre will have more than 2,000 seats.
Current site conditions
11-01-2014, 05:24 PM
Drinking at the movies
October 24, 2012 | Jennifer Armel | The Cord | LINK
Quote:Cineplex Entertainment will be starting construction next summer for their new 11-theatre cinema in Kitchener. Three of the theatres will include VIP auditoriums which will be for movie-goers 19 and older. This will be the first cinema to allow the sale and consumption of alcohol in the Waterloo Region.
11-01-2014, 05:26 PM
Plans still in works for cinema complex on Fairway Road
October 30, 2013 | Terry Pender | Guelph Mercury | LINK
KITCHENER — Cineplex Entertainment remains committed to building an 11-screen cinema at 225 Fairway Rd. S. on land previously occupied by the Waterloo Region Record.
"It's just delayed," said Pat Marshall, spokesperson for Cineplex Entertainment.
Construction of the new theatre complex was to start this past summer and finish in 2014. But the City of Kitchener building control division confirmed that no permits have been issued for the location.
"I don't know what the delay is," said Mike Seiling, the city's top building official.
The property is owned by Toronto-based Cadillac Fairview Corp., which is wholly owned by the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan. Cadillac Fairview did not respond to telephone messages. It also owns Fairview Park mall across the road from the property.
"The landlord is working on the project. They have some broader initiatives they are working on," Marshall said. "We are still committed to the project."
In announcing the plans more than a year ago, the entertainment company said three screens will be inside what it calls VIP auditoriums. The VIP rooms come with larger chairs, tables, alcohol and an expanded menu that includes specialty appetizers as well as traditional movie fare.
In addition to the VIP auditoriums, the theatre complex will have an UltraAVX auditorium with a wall-to-wall screen, digital surround sound, 3D technology, seats with wider backs and larger seats. The UltraAVX rooms will take reservations.
"This is not atypical," Marshall said of the delays. "Whenever there is a larger project with a number of players involved, sometimes the timing moves."
Currently, Cineplex operates VIP auditoriums in Toronto, Oakville, London, Coquitlam, B.C. and Edmonton.
11-01-2014, 07:51 PM
I wonder what effect this will have on Landmark's business.
11-02-2014, 07:51 PM
I can't see this being built. We have a lot of screens in this region already. The time delay etc, doesn't add much to hope. The option of ordering alcohol isn't a big draw for me personally either. That being said, I was recently at a theatre in Nashville and noted they had draft.
I used to be the mayor of sim city. I know what I am talking about.
11-03-2014, 09:25 AM
Building permits have been applied for... I wasn't thinking this thing would ever get built but in my experience this might just happen... time will tell!
11-04-2014, 02:23 PM
I don't get why they're building the theatre across from fairview mall (both the mall and the proposed cineplex site are owned by Cadillac Fairview) IMO there is tons of room, They should build a parking garage and have cineplex build between Sears and Walmart or build a new walmart supercentre in front of the existing store & cineplex open where walmart currently is.
11-04-2014, 03:15 PM
(11-04-2014, 02:23 PM)TMKM94 Wrote: I don't get why they're building the theatre across from fairview mall (both the mall and the proposed cineplex site are owned by Cadillac Fairview) IMO there is tons of room, They should build a parking garage and have cineplex build between Sears and Walmart or build a new walmart supercentre in front of the existing store & cineplex open where walmart currently is.I've found the problem right here.
Why build an expensive parking garage, when they can just build the theatre on the other side of the street and pave a nice big surface lot? Much cheaper. If they cared about people who take transit, then they'd build a theatre downtown.
11-04-2014, 08:56 PM
(11-04-2014, 03:15 PM)Markster Wrote:(11-04-2014, 02:23 PM)TMKM94 Wrote: I don't get why they're building the theatre across from fairview mall (both the mall and the proposed cineplex site are owned by Cadillac Fairview) IMO there is tons of room, They should build a parking garage and have cineplex build between Sears and Walmart or build a new walmart supercentre in front of the existing store & cineplex open where walmart currently is.I've found the problem right here.
I wonder about that assumption. Imagine the cost to buy land (say, $1-2M per acre) plus pave a parking lot ($1,500 or so per space). Then instead of buying land (you already own the land at the mall) and paving, you put that money towards a garage.
Google tells me a garage costs $15,000 or so per space. Say the land costs $1M, you could build a 65 car garage for that. Certainly not enough but there is a land cost that would make the garage a better option .... just probably not on fairview.
IMO mega theaters make total sense attached to a mall.
11-04-2014, 10:35 PM
I agree Downtown Kitchener should have a movie theatre, but where could a megaplex movie theatre be built, I can think of a few locations but I highly doubt cineplex or Landmark would be willing to purchase or lease any of them. Union and King (Sun Life parking lot) Old King Centre (Where Manulife is) or Market Square.
11-05-2014, 01:07 AM
I think it would make sense for cineplex to be attached to fairview mall because both Conestoga mall and Cambridge Centre have there Cineplex (Galaxy) locations attached/right beside and it would also be more accessible for pedestrians and transit users.
11-05-2014, 10:43 AM
I wonder if a Walmart across the street would be more popular than one attached to Fairview? If so, take out the existing one and start over at that end. Might be a better fit when you consider Fairview is seemingly going upmarket.
11-05-2014, 12:08 PM
I wonder if more people use transit to get to walmart than the movies... I think Sears is being run into the ground so that space might eventually be vacated if they go into bankruptcy. I dunno if there's room in that corner of the mall for a walmart super center and a cinema but I think when they extend the LRT they will be able to make the area more ped and bike friendly if there's a push to do so... I avoid driving around that part of town if at all possible.
I can't see myself ever going to a cinema like this; I used to sneak tallboys into the movies when I was younger and it really doesn't add much to the movie-watching experience for me.
11-09-2014, 05:35 PM
There appears to be work taking place this week on the Cineplex site on Fairway Rd.
11-09-2014, 11:02 PM
I hope Cineplex or the mall at least builds a pedestrian bridge from the food court to the theatre.
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