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!
Update August 9, 2020: Movie theatres are starting to re-open in Ottawa. Following is a list of theatres that have opened as of August 9:
- Mayfair Theatre
- ByTowne Cinema Scotiabank Theatre Gloucester
- Coliseum Ottawa
- Landmark Theatres Kanata
- Landmark Orleans
- Cine Starz Orleans and St-Laurent.
- Skylight Drive-In
- Port Elmsley Drive-In
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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)
Cine Starz - St. Laurent Shopping Centre (formerly Rainbow/Imagine Cinemas)
Scotiabank Theatre Gloucester (formerly SilverCity)
Cinéma des Galeries Aylmer (After more than 20 years of activity, Cinema Aylmer announces the closure of its doors permanently.)
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.
Update 2020: Unfortunately, the Cine-Parc Templeton Gatineau closed for good at the end of the 2019 season.
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.