Landmark Cinemas is the second-largest movie theatre chain in Canada (after Cineplex Entertainment), it is owned by Kinepolis Group. Through its operating subsidiary, Landmark Cinemas Canada LP, the chain operates 45 theatres with 317 screens primarily in Ontario, Central, and Western Canada; its holdings include much of the former Empire Theatres chain, which it acquired in late 2013, and selected Famous Players locations divested in its purchase by Cineplex Entertainment. The chain was founded in May 7, 1965, and is based in Calgary, Alberta.
|Founded||May 7, 1965|
Number of locations
|Ontario, Central & Western Canada & the Yukon Territory|
|Bill Walker, CEO|
Number of employees
|Subsidiaries||Landmark Cinemas Canada LP|
Landmark Cinemas' first major expansion took place in 1984, when it purchased most of the Alberta and British Columbia assets of Canadian Odeon Theatres as part of that chain's merger into Cineplex Odeon Corporation, now Cineplex Entertainment.
In late 2013, Landmark Cinemas announced the purchase of 23 theatres in Ontario and Western Canada from Empire Theatres. It later added the Kanata and Whitby locations that were to be sold to Cineplex Entertainment, plus Ottawa's World Exchange Plaza. This transaction made Landmark the second-largest cinema chain in Canada with 54 locations and 359 screens. The sale also included five IMAX screens in Calgary, Kitchener, Whitby, Kingston and Ottawa's Kanata location, and three Empire Extra screens in Calgary, Waterloo, and Ottawa's Orleans location. Empire promotional offers such as Reel Deal Tuesdays and University/College Student Combo were carried over by Landmark, but only some locations offer these discounts.
Empire Theatres in Ontario and Western Canada closed on October 31, 2013 after the evening shows which also closed Empire Theatres permanently. The sale closed on October 31, 2013 and on November 1, 2013, the theatres reopened as Landmark Cinemas. Branding name changes occurred in late 2013 at the former Empire Theatres locations. Landmark Cinemas only operated the World Exchange Plaza theatre on a management contract for only two months in late 2013, from November 1 to December 31 when its lease expired.
In September 2017, Landmark announced its sale to the Belgian exhibitor Kinepolis for $123 million, pending regulatory approval. On December 8, 2017 Landmark announced the completion of the sale to Kinepolis Group.
Reserve Recline Relax
Reserve Recline Relax is a premium theatre offering available at no additional charge at seven Landmark Cinemas locations, with another four locations announced. Seats are reserved in advance and consist of larger, sofa-like chairs comparable to Cineplex VIP Cinemas, though without the legal drinking age requirement or alcohol service. To make room for these seats, theatres now have 60% fewer seats.
Landmark Cinemas features ten premium large format screens. These require an additional cost compared to a regular admission and offer reserved seating.
- The company currently operates five digital IMAX screens. One is in Calgary, Alberta (Country Hills) and four are in Ontario at the Kingston, Kitchener, Kanata and Whitby locations. All of these were previously owned by Empire Theatres and, with the exception of Kingston, were in turn previously owned by AMC Theatres (Kanata and Whitby) or Famous Players (SilverCity in Calgary and Kitchener).
- Extra Experience, formerly known as Empire Extra, is a large screen theatre concept debuted by Empire Theatres and acquired by Landmark. This technology is available at four locations: Calgary (Shawnessy), Orleans, Waterloo and Winnipeg (Grant Park 8). The technology was installed by Empire, with the exception of the Winnipeg location, where Landmark installed the technology in May 2015 and premiered Pitch Perfect 2 on Extra. These theatres use a Barco 2K projector, a custom-designed 7.1 surround sound system and faux leather seats.
- Xtreme is available exclusively at the West Kelowna, BC location. It is a Landmark Cinemas brand similar to the Extra Experience, but in lieu of Extra's 7.1 surround sound, Xtreme uses Barco Auro 11.1 surround sound.
|Theatre name||City||Format||Former owner||Premium Large Format|
|Showcase 5||Campbell River||Traditional||Caprice Showcase Theatres||N/A|
|Centre Cinema||Dawson Creek||Traditional||?||N/A|
|Aurora Cinema Centre||Fort St. John||Traditional||?||N/A|
|Grand 10||Kelowna||Stadium||Caprice Showcase Theatres||N/A|
|Avalon Cinema Centre||Nanaimo||Stadium||?||N/A|
|Landmark 10||New Westminster||Stadium||N/A||N/A|
|Paramount||Port Alberni||Traditional||Famous Players||N/A|
|Guildford||Surrey||SilverCity||National General Cinemas, Famous Players, Empire Theatres||N/A|
|University 4||Victoria||Traditional||Famous Players, Empire Theatres||N/A|
|Capitol Encore||West Kelowna||Traditional||Caprice Showcase Theatres||N/A|
|Landmark 8 & Xtreme||West Kelowna||Stadium||?||Landmark Xtreme|
|Capitol 9||Brandon||Stadium||Empire Theatres||N/A|
|Southland 5||Winkler||Traditional||Empire Theatres||N/A|
|Towne 8||Winnipeg||Traditional||Cineplex Odeon||N/A|
|Grant Park 8||Winnipeg||Stadium||National General Cinemas, Cineplex Odeon, Empire Theatres||N/A|
|Yukon Cinema Centre||Whitehorse||Traditional||?||N/A|
|Country Hills||Calgary||SilverCity||Famous Players, Empire Theatres||Digital IMAX|
|Shawnessy||Calgary||Coliseum||Famous Players, Empire Theatres||Extra Experience|
|City Centre||Edmonton||Traditional||Cineplex Odeon, Empire Theatres||N/A|
|Landmark Six||Fort McMurray||Traditional||May Theatres||N/A|
|Spruce Grove||Spruce Grove||Traditional||Magic Lantern Theatres, Empire Theatres||N/A|
|St. Albert||St. Albert||Traditional||N/A||N/A|
|Sylvan Lake||Sylvan Lake||Traditional||?||N/A|
|Jackson Square||Hamilton||Contemporary||Famous Players, Empire Theatres||N/A|
|Kingston||Kingston||Contemporary||Empire Theatres||Digital IMAX|
|Kitchener||Kitchener||SilverCity||Famous Players, Empire Theatres||Digital IMAX|
|Kanata||Ottawa||AMC Theatres||AMC Theatres, Empire Theatres||Digital IMAX|
|London||London||Traditional||Famous Players, Empire Theatres||N/A|
|Orleans||Ottawa||Contemporary||Empire Theatres||Extra Experience|
|Pen Centre||St. Catharines||SilverCity||Famous Players, Empire Theatres||N/A|
|Waterloo||Waterloo||Contemporary||Empire Theatres||Extra Experience|
|Whitby||Whitby||AMC Theatres||AMC Theatres, Empire Theatres||Digital IMAX|
|Theatre name||City||Format||Former owner|
|Gaiety Theatre||Grande Prairie||Traditional||?|
|Globe Theatre||Calgary||Traditional||Cineplex Odeon|
|Jan Cinema||Grande Prairie||Traditional||?|
|Jasper Cinema Centre||Edmonton||Traditional||Cineplex Odeon|
|Landmark 10 Clareview||Edmonton||Traditional||Cineplex Odeon, Empire Theatres|
|Lyric Theatre||Grande Prairie||Traditional||?|
|Prairie Cinema Centre||Grande Prairie||Traditional||?|
|Towne Cinema Centre||Edmonton||Traditional||May Theatres|
|Wapiti Drive-In||Grande Prairie||Drive-In||?|
|Armond Theatre||Cranbrook||Traditional||Famous Players|
|Bay Theatre||Nanaimo||Traditional||Famous Players|
|Coronet Theatre||Prince George||Traditional||Famous Players|
|Crest Theatre||Dawson Creek||Traditional||?|
|Esplanade||North Vancouver||Traditional||Famous Players, Empire Theatres|
|Galaxy Theatre||Campbell River||Traditional||?|
|Grand 6 Cinemas||Abbotsford||Traditional||Cineplex Odeon|
|Lido Theatre||Fort St. John||Traditional||?|
|Paramount Theatre||Chilliwack||Traditional||Famous Players|
|Paramount Theatre||Kelowna||Traditional||Famous Players|
|Penmar Cinema Centre||Penticton||Traditional||?|
|Towne Cinema||Vernon||Traditional||Famous Players|
|Towne Cinema Centre||Abbotsford||Traditional||?|
|Vic Theatre||Victoria||Traditional||Cineplex Odeon|
|Westbank Drive-In||West Kelowna||Drive-in||?|
|Globe Theatre||Winnipeg||Traditional||Famous Players|
|Landmark Cinemas Square One||Mississauga||Traditional||Cineplex Odeon, Empire Theatres|
|World Exchange Plaza||Ottawa||Traditional||Cineplex Odeon, Empire Theatres|
|C & H Drive-In||Lloydminster||Drive-In||?|
|Cinema 6 Drive-In||Regina||Drive-In||Cineplex Odeon|
|Roxy Theatre||Saskatoon||Traditional||Cineplex Odeon|
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