The Bytowne Cinema. Photo by Caroline Fournier. Caroline says: “Long gone are the days of the single room cinema and going to the Bytowne is like walking back to your grandma’s house … old yet comforting.”
Who doesn’t love going to the movies? It’s a great way to pass time and experience something new with friends and family. Not to mention the delicious, buttery taste of popcorn!
Here’s a list of theatres in Ottawa, independent and chain.
Ottawa Theatres – Independent
Non-profit registered charity, all proceeds beyond operating costs are given back to the community. Open from mid-September to early May, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.
Ottawa Theatres – Chains
CINÉ+ (Museum of Civilization IMAX)
Cineplex Lansdowne – cinemas and VIP (VIP is really cool — you can even get a meal served to you at your seat.)
Landmark Theatres Kanata (formerly Empire Theatres and AMC Kanata 24)
Landmark Orleans (formerly Empire)
Imagine Cinema - St. Laurent Shopping Centre (formerly Rainbow Cinemas)
Scotiabank Theatre Gloucester (formerly SilverCity)
Around the Valley
The current building opened as a cinema in 1929 and was first of the O’Brien chain, owned by Renfrew entrepreneur M. J. O’Brien, according to the theatre website.
A.C.T. Ottawa (Acting for Cinema and Television), is a local acting school, that posts a list of auditions happening in the Ottawa area. You might be surprised at the number of productions looking for help: there’s usually at least one audition each week in the region. But don’t get excited about a Hollywood-sized paycheque — most of the parts pay very little or nothing at all.
Do you remember drive-in theatres? This festival is the next best thing — but without the steamy windshields. Hundreds of people bring their lawn chairs and blankets down to Dundonald Park (near Somerset & Kent/Lyon) to see some great films in the great outdoors. Admission is pay-what-you-can.