Cineplex is opening an exclusively adults-only theatre in Calgary

Dec 7 2018, 1:39 am

Calgary is getting a brand new movie theatre ā€” though don’t expect any child-friendly showings, Batman-themed birthday parties, or kids’ combos at the concession once those doors are officially opened.

Planned to be located in Calgary’s University District, the new VIP Cinemas Theatre is expected to be a completely child-free space, with all five big-screens tailored to the Cineplex VIP experience.

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When the Cineplex VIP Cinemas University District opens in (what is scheduled to be) 2021, it will become only the second VIP-only theatre of its kind in all of Canada, according to a release from Cineplex.

An example of Cineplex VIP theatres (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

“We are excited to be part of Calgary’s new development project as we continue to introduce tailored entertainment experiences in communities across the country,” said Ellis Jacob, President and CEO of Cineplex, in the release.

“VIP Cinemas is movie-going made for adults and our new theatre will be the perfect destination for Calgarians to socialize with friends and relax in a luxurious and refined setting designed just for them.”

The theatre will be outfitted with a fully-licensed lounge, five specially-designed auditoriums, luxury recliners, and a food and beverage menu that includes salads, pizzas, burgers, beer, and wine alongside the usual theatre fare.


The drinks on offer at the new VIP theatre at Seton Cineplex (Lucas Taylor/Daily Hive)

“Our innovative and dynamic University District is creating a bold new vision for urban city life and the addition of Cineplex VIP Cinemas will add yet another layer of lifestyle amenities that are shaping this growing community,” said James Robertson, President and CEO of West Campus Development Trust, the development company overseeing the University District.

“As one of Canada’s leading entertainment companies, Cineplex is changing the entertainment landscape for Canadians and shares our commitment to delivering innovative and premium experiences. Once complete, the new theatre will be a short walk from many of our community’s residences and easily accessible by transit or bike.”

Cineplex opened its first VIP theatre in Calgary just this past summer at the Seton Cineplex location, though the VIP auditoriums and lounge were created as an add-on to the already-existing theatre.


The Cineplex Cinemas Seton and VIP theatre (Lucas Taylor/Daily Hive)

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