Scotiabank Theatre
Scotiabank Theatre
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Neighborhood: Downtown
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
How to get there
  • Osgoode • 6 min walk
  • St. Andrew • 7 min walk
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George O
Toronto, Canada3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
Great movie theatre, concession stands, IMAX theatre, but do not not go Fridays and Saturdays! The rest of the week, they validate your parking at the nearby Parkway underground parking, you pay $5. Not for Fridays and Saturdays though, when 3 hours cost you more than a movie, $15, or if you linger at the bar, $20 for 4 hours! Parking is also misleading, the rates are not posted at the entrance of the parking lot at street level, you find out only when you enter and it is too late to come back. I guess they should validate those days too, maybe at a higher price, say $10. I will go back again, but not like that!
Written July 7, 2013
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AnLil
965 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Family
I’ve been at Scotiabank Theatre on numerous occasions. This is no Silver City. TIFF is the main draw for people who live afar. It always has a lineup and is bustling in the heart of the bars/entertainment district downtown. Long escalators will take visitors from the main entrance (on Richmond Street) to the second floor above Staples Office Supply next door; and disabled guests literally search for a small elevator. The ramp upstairs will descend from the theatres-washrooms to the circular popcorn counters and theatre level—queuing up to theatre #3. Regular movie tickets can be printed by mobile pick-up here. No dining options exist, although Hooters is at the corner below (snicker). A shared counter of Starbucks or Melts (icecream starts at $6!) can be seen standing against the North wall, beside the Cineplex /info desk upstairs. Their advertisement of parking validation is confusing. Whereas the sign at the Parkway entrance says patrons are eligible for a parking discount at the theatre, the info desk will tell you something different. (Forget about getting help re. TIFF by phone/email nor any service from the desk here.) On the weekend there was no parking discount, and validation is actually possible only 2 other days weekly. My Parkway bill after the movie was $15. TIFF is run by volunteers; nobody could answer basic questions—e.g., where a grandmother could find an elevator. I was also disappointed I could find no water fountain, plus there was no working elevator at the John Street exit of Parkway lot under Marshall’s. The parking situation (beyond its invisible/narrow entrance) is a mess, and then there’s the cramped theatre—with limited access by car—by Adelaide and Spadina Street. Watch out for building/road construction and the uneven sidewalks. In this mayhem, the theatre always manages to remain packed; in the world of cinema, it’s like the constant adage: location location location!
Written September 15, 2019
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Chris and Stella
Toronto, Canada252 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Enter and take the Grand escalator to a multitude of theatre choices for your movie watching. Comfortable seating and clean. Regretfully, the food choices and quality continuously declining with every visit. Love the theatrical experience. Sadly cannot support the concession quality to give it an excellent rating.
Written August 18, 2019
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Lteitler
Oakland, NJ69 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018
One of the theaters we were in, Cinema 1 is very large and very high. There are no exit doors up at the back of the theater. I feel it very dangerous and a fire would be deadly. Seating not very comfortable.
Written September 16, 2018
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Cameron D
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
If you enjoy or find my review genuine and helpful please give me a vote so that I can move up in the ranks and offer people the reviews that they deserve.

I’m a movie theatre fanatic. I live, breathe and watch tv and movies. I know you can “stream it” nowadays free, but I don’t dig hurting the industry people and actors by stealing their work. Hence I will always remain old school and reach for the popcorn and 3-D Glasses.

Walking into a nice theatre that has class and so many options says something, it screams class. When you walk into Scotia Theatre the first thing you see is a section for Virtual Reality. I wish I’d gone into the area so I could write more about it but I’ll write a separate review about that when the time comes.

Leave the entry area and you’re staring up a gargantuan escalator and I mean gargantuan. This lends credibility to the structure that I’m trying to describe.

One thing I’m not a fan of is Cineplex Odeons attempt to phase out the need for humans in the ticket buying process. (This is an industry wide thing so I won’t point any fingers.)

The concession stands aren’t any different than any other Cineplex Odeon but one thing I will point out is the new beverage machines that give you dozens of your favourite Sosa’s in sugar free form with custom flavours.
7-Up Zero (Cherry, Orange, Raspberry etc)
Ginger-Ale (Cherry, Orange, Raspberry etc)
Fanta (Cream Soda, Cherry, Raspberry etc)

It seems the theatre has a exclusive with the sofa companies.

Did I mention the sofa is 100% refillable?

I truly like the ability to buy beer, wine and cider with a general admission ticket. I didn’t check out the alcohol prices but the accessibility is nice for those alcoholics that require their alcohol fix during a flick.

Seats are top notch, fake leather, luxury recliners. Some of the premium theatre (AVX, VIP, 3D) allow you to pre-select your seats, while the general admission seats are cattle calls. (First come first serve)

I believe that this theatre is the best Cineplex Odeon in existence, or at least of those I’ve seen in person. Good Luck on your adventures. If you have any feedback on my writing style or suggestions I’d be grateful to hear them.

Sincerely,
Camillo Del Pellaro
Written August 23, 2018
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Jay H
105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
We saw two movies here and loved both of them. The theatre is easy to get to if your downtown which is nice. The theatre is upstairs so if the escalator is down you have to climb a lot of stairs. The seats are comfy and the volume isn’t too loud like some theatres.
Written July 6, 2018
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Puddin1973
Conception Bay South, Canada76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Went to see Black Panther...great theatre, down escalator was out of service so you had to walk down a few flights of stairs but other than that was a great experience. Loved the reclining seats❤️
Written April 9, 2018
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Dave S
Caledon, Canada200 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Friends
We saw a TIFF film here on the last Saturday of the festival. The theatre was packed. Overall the experience was very good although given that the theatre was packed, I was surprised the ventilation was not better (auditorium # 4).

It was probably not the theatre's fault, but it was also extremely crowded when two films in large auditoriums ended at roughly the same time resulting in a pretty crowded exit through the tight lobby and on to the highest escalators I've ever used in my life! Fortunately they were both working, which I'd heard is not always the case.
Written September 18, 2017
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Recr
Halifax, Canada110 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
The theatre isn't that bad, just a few things threw me off. We were in theatre 6 and we could clearly hear most of the movie next door when an action scene wasn't happening in our movie. As well, we went over 2 consecutive days and on both days, the token machines in the arcade were broken. Other than that, it's a decent theatre
Written May 11, 2017
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danielamW5267GL
Toronto12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
First this is the highest escalator I have ever been on, its almost like an amusement park.
Second, the options of food and snacks are super large and diverse ... from popcorn to hamburger and drinks. Aside the extras, the screen is awesome, sound is perfect and the chairs are super comfortable. Perfect to watch big productions with lots of special effects
Written March 13, 2017
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