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Empire Theatres
Type Private (subsidiary of Empire Company)
Founded 1978 [1]
Headquarters New Glasgow[1], Nova Scotia
Number of locations 69[1]
Area served Canada
Industry Movie theatres
Employees approx. 3000[1]
Parent Empire Company
Website www.empiretheatres.com

Empire Theatres is the second-largest movie theatre chain in Canada, and the only major circuit operating in Atlantic Canada. A subsidiary of Empire Company Ltd., the family-owned parent of the Sobeys supermarket chain presently has full or joint control over 60 locations and 403 screens, including a four-location joint venture in western Canada with Landmark Cinemas.

The old Empire Theatres logo, used until 2008

Many, but not all, of its larger locations are branded "Studio #", with # being the number of screens at that location. Other locations are named "Empire (location) #", number showing the number of screens. Some more locations have their own unique name, such as the 6-screen cinemas in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland & Labrador being named Topsail Cinemas due to its location being Topsail Road.

Empire Theatres was formed from the Sobeys' purchase of the Atlantic assets of Canadian Odeon Theatres, later Cineplex Odeon Cinemas, in 1984. Later, it also acquired select Famous Players Theatres locations, including those in Newfoundland and Labrador.

However, throughout the 1990s, Famous Players Theatres remained a major competitor in the Maritime provinces. Empire responded by opening several new or replacement locations along the lines of the multiplexes being opened by Cineplex and Famous in the rest of Canada.

Despite aggressive expansion previously, this time, Famous Players, focused on improvements elsewhere, did not match Empire's moves, which included an eighteen-screen (including one Empire Imax Theatre Screen) multiplex in suburban Halifax. With comparably minor interests in the region, Famous cut back on marketing and ultimately sold its remaining screens in Atlantic Canada to Empire in 2004.

While Empire operates the majority of the Atlantic region's screens, including in many smaller centres, several independent theatres remain in other small centres.

On August 22, 2005, Empire announced it would acquire 27 theatres, with a total of 202 screens, in locations stretching from British Columbia to Ontario, from Cineplex Galaxy LP, as a result of the latter's acquisition of Famous Players Theatres, effectively doubling Empire's size. Most of the locations are smaller "traditional" venues, but some are larger theatres, such as Coliseum Calgary (Now Studio 10 MacLeod Trail), Silvercity theatres in Kitchener and St. Catharines, as well as one in Calgary, Alberta (Now Studio 12 Gateway Park, Studio 8 Pen Centre, and Studio 16 respectively), and Square One in Mississauga (Now Studio 10 Square One), and Silvercity Empress Walk (now Empire Empress Walk in North York, ON). The deal closed September 30, 2005.

Empire Theatres does not operate any other locations in Quebec, since that chain has ceded to Cinemas Guzzo.

As of July 2008, the Empire Theatres chain has 18 screens equipped with digital projection and 17 with Real D Digital 3D.[2]

Contents

Lobby

Many Empire venues supply New York Fries, Pretzelmaker, TCBY, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut, or instead of Pizza Hut some locations have Pizza Pizza (such as Empire 18 Cinemas, Empire Studio 12 Guildford and IMAX Theatre in Bayer's Lake- Suburban Halifax, NS). Along with these food venues, Empire Theatres also have their own food venue in every theatre with food items such as popcorn and nachos. Some bigger theatres, and most newly constructed theatres also have arcades known as Zone Arcade.[3]

List of Locations

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Alberta

Calgary

  • Empire Studio 10 Macleod Trail
  • Empire Studio 16 Country Hills

Edmonton

  • Empire City Centre 9 Cinemas
  • Empire Clareview 10 Cinemas
  • Empire Westmount Centre Cinemas

British Columbia

North Vancouver

  • Empire Esplanade 6 Cinemas

Surrey

  • Empire Studio 12 Guildford

Vancouver

  • Empire Granville 7 Cinemas
  • Empire Oakridge Cinemas

Victoria

  • Empire Capitol 6 Cinemas
  • Empire University 4 Cinemas

Manitoba

Brandon

  • Empire Capitol Theatre

Winkler

  • Empire Southland Cinemas

Winnipeg

  • Empire Grant Park 8 Cinemas

New Brunswick

Dieppe

  • Crystal Palace 8 Cinemas

Fredericton

  • Empire Studio 10 Regent Mall

Miramichi

  • Empire Studio 5

Moncton

  • Empire 8 Trinity Drive
    This Empire Theaters location in Moncton was built as a Famous Players and re-branded in 2004

Rothesay

  • Empire 4 Cinemas

Saint John

  • Empire Studio 10

Newfoundland

Corner Brook

  • Millbrook Cinemas

Mount Pearl

  • Empire Cinemas Mount Pearl Shopping Centre (though also referred to officially by the company as Topsail Cinemas and Empire Theatres Mount Pearl Square)

St. John's

  • Empire Studio 12

Nova Scotia

Amherst

  • Paramount Cinemas

Antigonish

  • Empire Capitol Theatre

Bridgewater

  • Empire Studio 7

Cambridge

  • Empire Valley Drive-In

Dartmouth

  • Empire Theatres Dartmouth Crossing

Halifax

Lower Sackville

  • Empire Studio 7

New Glasgow

  • Empire Studio 7
  • Empire New Glasgow Drive-In

New Minas

  • Empire 7 Cinemas

Sydney

  • Empire Studio 10

Truro

Westville

  • Empire Westville Drive-In

Yarmouth

  • Empire Studio 5

Ontario

Bolton

  • Empire 7 Cinemas

Hamilton

  • Empire Jackson Square 6 Cinemas

Kingston

  • Empire Capitol 7 Cinemas

Kitchener

  • Empire Studio 12 Gateway Park

London

  • Empire Wellington 8 Cinemas

Mississauga

  • Empire Studio 10 at Square One

North York

  • Empire Empress Walk 10 Cinemas

Orleans

  • Empire Orleans 10 Cinemas

Ottawa

  • Empire 7 Cinemas
  • Empire Rideau Centre Cinemas

Richmond Hill

  • Empire Elgin Mills 10 Cinemas

St. Catharines

  • Empire Theatres 10 Pen Centre

Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown

  • Empire Studio 8

Summerside

  • Empire Studio 5

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