For the first time in years, Ontario Place is welcoming guests back to the Cinesphere, the world’s first permanent IMAX theatre, to watch movies at the iconic theatre year-round using IMAX’s new, state-of-the-art laser projection.
The Cinesphere originally opened in 1971, and in 2014, the province designated it a structure of cultural heritage value. It already has the technology to show IMAX 70 mm film, but was upgraded with a new 60-foot by 80-foot curved screen that will provide an immersive experience for guests. The lobby, theatre lighting and acoustics were also updated. As a cultural heritage landmark, renovations will continue at the Cinesphere to enhance the movie-going experience at the theatre while retaining its historic significance.
Ontario Place’s winter programming, which runs from early December until mid-March, will include movie screenings, Ontario150-themed activities, a winter light exhibition with illuminated installations by local artists, skating on a synthetic ice rink and other activities.
Reopening the Cinesphere is part of the province’s goal to transform Ontario Place. Other changes made to the site include the opening of the Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail this summer, which saw the conversion of 7.5 acres of parking lot into new green space to the waterfront.
“For years, Ontario Place has been a cultural centrepiece and a hub for activities and attractions for us to enjoy. With the reopening of the Cinesphere, I’m excited to welcome back eager visitors to the iconic theatre and encourage people to take part in the fun activities that Ontario Place has to offer,” said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, in a press release. “With year-round programming, the newly transformed Cinesphere will be a space to revisit great memories from years past, and a place to create new memories for years to come.”