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New Cineplex Cinemas and VIP Abbotsford opens this Friday
Hundreds of dignitaries and invited guests attended tonight's gala presentation held at the new Cineplex Cinemas Abbotsford and VIP located in the HighStreet shopping centre.
Cineplex Cinemas Abbotsford and VIP will open Oct. 11
September 23, 2013 11:45 AM
Abbotsford movie fans can get the VIP experience starting Oct. 11 at the
Cineplex Cinemas Abbotsford and VIP.
The new theatre is an 11-cinema, 1,920-seat facility located in the Highstreet Shopping Centre at 3122 Mt. Lehman Road, and features seven regular theatres, one UltraAVX auditorium and three VIP theatres.
"We wanted to bring this type of theatre to Abbotsford; bring the VIP concept to Abbotsford, so we were really looking for a development that made sense," said Mike Langdon, director of communications for Cineplex Entertainment.
He said Highstreet offered that opportunity.
The VIP cinemas offer larger, padded chairs that rock and lean back. The seats in the front row also recline to enhance the viewing experience. Tickets are priced between $6 and $7 higher than regular admission and only adults are admitted since it's a licensed auditorium.
Along with the availability of alcoholic beverages, the VIP rooms also have a more advanced menu. Along with the normal popcorn and pop, customers can order chicken wings, calamari, wraps, burgers and more.
You can also get in-seat service before the movie begins.
Also as part of the VIP package, no ads are played before the movie, only coming attractions.
In the UltraAVX auditorium, the largest in the building with 356 seats, viewers can enjoy a wall-to-wall screen and upgraded Dolby digital surround sound. It also has wider reserve seats.
Along with mainstream theatrical releases, Langdon said the new facility will also offer alternative programs including WWE wrestling events, the Met Opera from New York, theatrical events, dance performances and other shows that can be brought in via satellite.
Cineplex also offers a classic film series, older kids' films and other options.
"Sinister Cinema is another program that we've launched in some of our theatres. It's genre horror – horror films you may not have seen on the big screen in years past but have a real cult following."
While he could not confirm how many of these programs could be coming to Abbotsford, Langdon did say he expected with a "theatre of this size, we will be bringing significant alternative programming" to Abbotsford.
The new cinema will employ 150 full- and part-time workers.
Cineplex joins High Street mall
January 20, 2011 2:58 PM
Cineplex is building a new 43,000-square-foot entertainment complex in Abbotsford.
The 11-screen theatre will feature 1,950 seats, digital projection, RealD 3D technology, three VIP cinemas and one UltraAVX auditorium.
"It's all about providing our guests with a choice in how they want to enjoy their experience," said Kyle Moffat, director of communications with Cineplex Entertainment.
Cineplex Odeon Abbotsford will be the first newly built theatre in B.C. to offer VIP cinemas. Moviegoers can enjoy reserved seating, oversized premium stadium seats, in-seat food and beverage service, and access to a private licensed lounge.
UltraAVX auditoriums feature wall-to-wall screens, Dolby digital 7.1 surround sound, extra-wide high-back rocker chairs and reserved seating. There are currently only 11 Ultra AVX locations across Canada.
Moffat said the new theatre will employ about 150 people, from construction to the permanent and part-time operational staff.
Cineplex Odeon Abbotsford is being built as part of the High Street shopping centre project, on Mt. Lehman Road across from the Fraser Valley Auto Mall. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall, with the theatre opening in spring 2012.
Cineplex Entertainment is building similar complexes in Edmonton, Alta. and Chatham, Ont. A seven-screen theatre with UltraAVX is also opening in Langford, B.C. this spring.
Cineplex operates Cineplex Odeon, Galaxy, Famous Players, Colossus, Coliseum, SilverCity, Cinema City and Scotiabank Theatres.