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New Cineplex V.I.P. Theatre To Be Built in Markham, Ontario

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Jimboski wrote:
Apr 4th, 2015 2:37 pm
Did you watch in their IMAX theater? Is it not as big as the other ones?
Engi-Nir wrote:
Apr 4th, 2015 6:46 pm
It was slightly smaller than an avx screen. Imax at hwy7/weston screen is huge, markham one is a joke. Waste of monwy, better off in a normal avx theatre. Even the seating knee gap is small.
I'm not sure I would call this a waste of money. In my opinion, the screen is incredibly big. Bigger than avx for sure. I have watched in several IMAX theatres in GTA (Scotiabank, Vaughan, and Square 1), and yes those are the best of all the IMAX screens in the city for sure.
A good point is made here though, as to why all IMAX screens cant just be the same size (the most obvious reason is due to building architecture). But when they are creating a new theatre from scratch, they missed an opportunity here.

Here is a picture I snapped of the Markham IMAX theatre when it was empty. I had to stand at the absolute very back far corner with my back pressed to the wall to fit in the whole screen, and also some seats to give some size perspective:

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I will add that I am waiting to make a fair assessment of this IMAX screen once we are finally able to watch a movie that was filmed in true IMAX (65mm or 70mm) format, like Interstellar or Dark Knight.
I believe Star Wars Episode 7 has some scenes shot with true IMAX 65mm, and so I hope they will project the movie in that true format as well.
I expect to watch that movie at least 3 times in theatres, so I will do some comparisons at Scotiabank, Square 1 and Markham IMAX for sure.
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Is the food in the VIP theatre more expensive than the outside concessions counter for popcorn/pop? If so, can you buy food from outside the counter and bing it in? LOL
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I had no idea people were so passionate about IMAX and their sizes. You'd think every movie being made now is all in IMAX......

I was actually working there at Coliseum Mississauga when the IMAX theatre and the two extra regular screens were built. It's unfortunate that this Markham theatre was unable to utilize "true" IMAX screen size, though I'm guessing it was less of a Cineplex decision not to built it to true spec. Perhaps the building developer didn't give in to the request of Cineplex. Just in case in the future the theatre may close and the developer wants to lease it to another tenant.
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PCDawg wrote:
May 21st, 2015 5:07 pm
Is the food in the VIP theatre more expensive than the outside concessions counter for popcorn/pop? If so, can you buy food from outside the counter and bring it in? LOL
That's a good question.

Can anyone here answer this...or confirm if you can bring food from the regular concession counters into the VIP auditoriums (since they have their own Bar/Food counter in VIP too...but with more expensive items)?
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Scorpionsy wrote:
May 22nd, 2015 10:27 am
That's a good question.

Can anyone here answer this...or confirm if you can bring food from the regular concession counters into the VIP auditoriums (since they have their own Bar/Food counter in VIP too...but with more expensive items)?
The menu is different in that it has other types of food like salads and poutine, but I don't find the price of popcorn and pop to be more. The only reason it 'costs' more is because you feel inclined to tip the staff that bends down and takes your order.

I haven't seen anyone bring in their own food/drinks. I don't imagine they'll stop you, but ordering is part of the experience, and it's extremely nice not to have to line up for popcorn. Plus they really do have other food/drink options.
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Spiderpal93 wrote:
Apr 1st, 2015 8:53 am
Doesn't look like there are full recliner seats for VIP like Don Mills location. Not worth it IMO if it doesn't have full recliner.
This!

Why can't all VIP theaters have recliner seats? I actually feel like the regular couches are too upright. I watched The Hobbit on a full recliner and I practically laid there to watch for 3 hours which was the best experience ever.
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CSAgent wrote:
May 21st, 2015 9:42 pm
I had no idea people were so passionate about IMAX and their sizes. You'd think every movie being made now is all in IMAX......
Yes it is a hot topic and people are passionate (both positive and negative about IMAX). 90% of the movie population who attend IMAX have no problem with the new retrofit cinemas. YES, Coliseum, Colossus, and the Scotiabank are far, far superior than the rest and 70mm is the best. But IMAX like the one at Markham does not really compete with other IMAX theaters, it competes with AVX and regular cinemas and IMO IMAX is far superior than the AVX Cinemas, even tho AVX has Dolby Atmos which is supposed to be very good.


The IMAX cinema like the one at Coliseum are rarely if ever built anymore.
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ThePage wrote:
May 23rd, 2015 11:49 am
IMO IMAX is far superior than the AVX Cinemas, even tho AVX has Dolby Atmos which is supposed to be very good.
Have you seen a movie in an AVX theatre?
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whistlepig wrote:
May 23rd, 2015 11:59 am
Have you seen a movie in an AVX theatre?
Yes I have. I am not impressed at all with AVX, single projection vs IMAX dual projection.

As for the Dolby Atmos, I am not feeling it. I know how it works and such, but I think it is a distraction when too much surround activity is going on.
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ThePage wrote:
May 23rd, 2015 12:02 pm
Yes I have.
Thank-you for taking the time to respond; I was thrown off by your "supposed to be" comment - it sounded like you were depending on hearsay rather than first hand experience.

Personally, I disagree with you - I do find IMAX slightly better than AVX but definitely not "far superior".

One caveat; though I personally try to avoid the blight of 3D movies as much as is logistically possible; IMAX has better 3D glasses that restrict less of your field of vision than those used in AVX.
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Don't want to make any generalizations, but I would be blown away if I ever met a girl/woman who was "passionate" about picture and sound quality in our beloved cinemas in the GTA as we are. I would start laughing if I ever heard a girl discussing IMAX vs. UltraAVX Dolby Atmos. Our female counterparts, just don't care nearly as much about these things as us GUYS! The only place I could imagine meeting one of these cool nerdy chicks would be at a Comic-Con or FanExpo here. lol
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whistlepig wrote:
May 23rd, 2015 4:55 pm
Thank-you for taking the time to respond; I was thrown off by your "supposed to be" comment - it sounded like you were depending on hearsay rather than first hand experience.

Personally, I disagree with you - I do find IMAX slightly better than AVX but definitely not "far superior".

One caveat; though I personally try to avoid the blight of 3D movies as much as is logistically possible; IMAX has better 3D glasses that restrict less of your field of vision than those used in AVX.
I said supposed as technically it is better than the IMAX set up. I for one really do not like too much sound activity coming from the rears of the theater, I really am more concerned about the front three speakers and sub. I also very much interested in home theater and I have a really good set up, I tried 7.1 and I ended up just reverting back to the 5.1 set up. That is why I said supposed.

I also like to find good people to discuss this stuff with, the moment I hear "Lie Max" or its not "70mm is the moment the person loses credibility. AVX is a good set but its not for me, I would rather have dual projection than a better sound system.
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Mr_Fanta wrote:
May 23rd, 2015 6:31 pm
Don't want to make any generalizations, but I would be blown away if I ever met a girl/woman who was "passionate" about picture and sound quality in our beloved cinemas in the GTA as we are. I would start laughing if I ever heard a girl discussing IMAX vs. UltraAVX Dolby Atmos. Our female counterparts, just don't care nearly as much about these things as us GUYS! The only place I could imagine meeting one of these cool nerdy chicks would be at a Comic-Con or FanExpo here. lol
I agree, I tried explaining 70mm IMAX vs Digital IMAX vs AVX to my other half....she always asked me to leave the room...Then I tried with Dolby Atmos and she wondered what planet I came from.

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