Landmark Cinemas

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Landmark Cinemas of Canada Inc.
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryMovie theatres
FoundedMay 7, 1965[1]
Number of locations
Area served
Ontario, Central & Western Canada & the Yukon Territory
Key people
David Cohen President & Country Manager
Number of employees
approx. 2500
ParentKinepolis Group
SubsidiariesLandmark Cinemas Canada LP

Landmark Cinema of Canada Inc. is a Canadian cinema chain. Based in Calgary, Alberta, Landmark operates 39 theatres with 317 screens,[2] primarily in Ontario and western Canada. Its holdings include much of the former Empire Theatres chain which it acquired in late 2013, and some Famous Players locations divested as part of that chain's purchase by Cineplex Entertainment. Landmark is the second-largest cinema chain in Canada after Cineplex. It was acquired by Belgian company Kinepolis in 2017 for $123 million.


Landmark Cinemas is the umbrella name originally covering the holdings of Towne Cinemas, Rokemay Cinemas, and occasionally May Theatres. It was adopted in 1974 after the purchase of Rothstein Theatres, which was the first big expansion for the company, adding about 15 locations (some closed immediately or sold and were never operated by Landmark).

Another expansion took place in 1984, when it purchased most of the Alberta and British Columbia assets of Canadian Odeon Theatres as part of that chain's merger into Cineplex Odeon Corporation, now Cineplex Entertainment.

In late 2013, Landmark Cinemas announced the purchase of 23 theatres in Ontario and Western Canada from Empire Theatres. It later added the Kanata and Whitby locations that were to be sold to Cineplex Entertainment, plus Ottawa's World Exchange Plaza.[3] This transaction made Landmark the second-largest cinema chain in Canada with 54 locations and 359 screens. The sale also included five IMAX screens, one in Calgary, Alberta, and four in Ontario.[4][5][6] Empire promotional offers such as Reel Deal Tuesdays and University/College Student Combo were carried over by Landmark, but only some locations offer these discounts.

Empire Theatres in Ontario and Western Canada closed on October 31, 2013, after the evening shows which also closed Empire Theatres permanently. The sale closed on October 31, 2013, and on November 1, 2013, the theatres reopened as Landmark Cinemas.[7] Branding name changes occurred in late 2013 at the former Empire Theatres locations. Landmark Cinemas operated the World Exchange Plaza theatre on a management contract from November 1 to December 31, 2013, after which its lease expired.[8][9]

In September 2017, Landmark announced its sale to the Belgian exhibitor Kinepolis for $123 million, pending regulatory approval.[10][11] On December 8, 2017, Landmark announced the completion of the sale to Kinepolis Group.[12]


Premium seating[edit]

Reserve Recline Relax is a premium theatre offering available at no additional charge at 21 Landmark Cinemas locations. Seats are reserved in advance and consist of larger, sofa-like chairs comparable to Cineplex VIP Cinemas, though without the legal drinking age requirement or alcohol service. To make room for these seats, theatres now have 60% fewer seats.[13]

Premiere Seats are available at 17 locations, and auditoriums with this option include one row of these seats. This option includes privacy screens, coat hooks, side tables, adjustable heated seats and adjustable headrests. Premiere Seats require an additional fee compared to regular seats.

Premium screens[edit]

Extra Experience entrance at Landmark Cinemas Orleans

Landmark Cinemas features several premium large format screens. These require an additional cost compared to a regular admission and offer reserved seating.

  • IMAX digital screens with xenon projection are available at four locations. One is in Calgary, Alberta (Country Hills) and three are in Ontario at the Kingston, Kitchener, Kanata. Whitby location is using IMAX Laser projector. All of these were previously owned by Empire Theatres and, with the exception of Kingston, were in turn previously owned by AMC Theatres (Kanata and Whitby) or Famous Players (SilverCity in Calgary and Kitchener). IMAX 70 mm film screenings are unavailable at Landmark Cinemas.
  • Extra Experience is an in-house large screen theatre, and is currently available at two locations. Extra theatres use a Barco 2K projector, a custom-designed 7.1 surround sound system and faux leather seats.[14] It premiered as Empire Extra at the Waterloo location on November 19, 2010, and at the Calgary (Shawnessy) and Ottawa (Orleans) locations following an announcement on May 16, 2011. Landmark opened an Extra auditorium in Winnipeg in May 2015, with Pitch Perfect 2 premiering in that format.[15] Landmark has replaced two former Extra auditoriums with Laser Ultra, including Shawnessy in 2021 and Waterloo in 2023.
  • Xtreme is available exclusively at the West Kelowna, BC location. It is a Landmark Cinemas brand similar to the Extra Experience, but in lieu of Extra's 7.1 surround sound, Xtreme uses Dolby Atmos (formerly Barco Auro 11.1) surround sound, and recliner seating.
  • Laser Ultra is an in-house large screen theatre available at 13 locations. These premium screens feature 4K laser projectors, Dolby Atmos surround sound, and recliner seating.


Theatre name City Format Former Owner/Opened Premium Large Format


Country Hills Calgary SilverCity Famous Players, Empire Theatres Digital IMAX Laser Ultra
Market Mall Calgary Stadium[further explanation needed] Opened December 19, 2019 Laser Ultra
Shawnessy Calgary Coliseum Famous Players, Empire Theatres Laser Ultra
Cardium Drayton Valley Traditional Irvin Janzen
City Centre Edmonton Traditional Cineplex Odeon, Empire Theatres
Tamarack Edmonton Stadium Opened June 10, 2021 Laser Ultra
Nova Edson Traditional T. Fowler
Fort McMurray Fort McMurray Traditional Opened November 9, 2018 Laser Ultra
Spruce Grove Spruce Grove Traditional Magic Lantern Theatres, Empire Theatres
St. Albert St. Albert Traditional Opened February 15, 2018 Laser Ultra
Sylvan Lake Sylvan Lake Traditional ?

British Columbia[edit]

Showcase 5 Campbell River Traditional Caprice Showcase Theatres
Rialto Courtenay Traditional ?
Columbia Cranbrook Traditional ?
Aurora Cinema Centre Fort St. John Traditional ?
Grand 10 Kelowna Stadium Caprice Showcase Theatres
Avalon Cinema Centre Nanaimo Stadium ?
Landmark 10 New Westminster Stadium Built by Landmark Laser Ultra
Landmark 7 Penticton Stadium Built by Landmark
Paramount Port Alberni Traditional Famous Players
Guildford Surrey SilverCity National General Cinemas, Famous Players, Empire Theatres
Capitol Encore West Kelowna Traditional Caprice Showcase Theatres
Landmark 8 & Xtreme West Kelowna Stadium Built by Landmark Landmark Xtreme


Capitol 9 Brandon Stadium Empire Theatres Laser Ultra
Southland 5 Winkler Traditional Magic Lantern Theatres
Grant Park 8 Winnipeg Stadium National General Cinemas, Cineplex Odeon, Empire Theatres


Bolton Bolton Contemporary Empire Theatres
Jackson Square Hamilton Contemporary Famous Players, Empire Theatres
Kingston Kingston Contemporary Empire Theatres Digital IMAX
Kanata Ottawa AMC Theatres AMC Theatres, Empire Theatres Digital IMAX
London London Traditional Famous Players, Empire Theatres
Orleans Ottawa Contemporary Empire Theatres Extra Experience
Pen Centre St. Catharines SilverCity Famous Players, Empire Theatres Laser Ultra
Waterloo Waterloo Contemporary Empire Theatres Extra Experience Digital IMAX
Whitby Whitby AMC Theatres AMC Theatres, Empire Theatres Digital IMAX


Aurora Regina Stadium Opened October 2019 Laser Ultra
Brighton Gate Saskatoon Stadium Opened June 2018 Laser Ultra

Former theatres[edit]


  • Roxy, Airdrie
  • Gaiety Theatre, Grande Prairie (R. Norton)
  • Globe Theatre, Calgary
  • Jan Cinema, Grande Prairie (R. Norton)
  • Jasper Cinema Centre, Edmonton
  • Clareview, Edmonton (Cineplex, Empire)
  • Lux Cinema, Banff
  • Lyric Theatre, Grande Prairie
  • Prairie Cinema Centre, Grande Prairie
  • Towne Cinema Centre, Edmonton
  • Wapiti Drive-In, Grande Prairie (George Repka)
  • Landmark Six, Fort McMurray (May Theatres)
  • Oasis, Brooks

British Columbia

  • Armond Theatre, Cranbrook (J. Purnell, Famous Players)
  • Bay Theatre, Nanaimo (Famous Players)
  • Coronet Theatre, Prince George (Famous Players)
  • Centre Cinema, Dawson Creek
  • Crest Theatre, Dawson Creek Northland Theatres Ltd.
  • Esplanade, North Vancouver (Famous Players, Empire)
  • Galaxy Theatre, Campbell River
  • Grand 6 Cinemas, Abbotsford (Cineplex)
  • Lido Theatre, Fort St. John (C. Brooks)
  • Mission Theatre, Mission (Victory Theatres Ltd.)
  • Paramount Theatre, Chilliwack (Famous Players)
  • Paramount Theatre, Kamloops (Famous Players)
  • Paramount Theatre, Kelowna (Famous Players)
  • Penmar Cinema Centre, Penticton (PenMar Theatre Ltd)
  • Royal Theatre, Trail (Cineplex)
  • Towne Cinema, Vernon (Famous Players)
  • Towne Cinema Centre
  • Vic Theatre, Victoria
  • Westbank Drive-In, West Kelowna


  • Garry, Selkirk (Rothstein)
  • Globe Theatre, Winnipeg (Famous Players)
  • Towne 8, Winnipeg (Cineplex)


  • Kitchener (Famous Players SilverCity, Empire Theatres)
  • Square One, Mississauga (Cineplex, Empire)
  • World Exchange Plaza, Ottawa (Cineplex, Empire)


  • C & H Drive-In, Lloydminster (May Theatres)
  • Cinema 6 Drive-In, Regina (Rothstein)
  • Roxy Theatre, Saskatoon (Rothstein)
  • Soo Theatre, Weyburn (Rothstein)
  • Tower, Yorkton (Rothstein)


  • Qwanlin Mall, Whitehorse
  • Yukon Cinema Centre, Whitehorse


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  2. ^ a b "About Landmark Cinemas".
  3. ^ "Competition Bureau concerns result in changes to proposed movie theatre merger". 9 October 2013.
  4. ^ "IMAX Movies Combo". Landmark Cinemas. Archived from the original on 2016-06-16. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  5. ^ "Empire Company Announces Sale of Empire Theatres". Canada Newswire. CNW Group. June 27, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  6. ^ "Landmark Cinemas of Canada Announces Acquisition of Twenty Empire Theatres". MMD Newswire. Mass Media Distribution. June 27, 2013. Archived from the original on July 1, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  7. ^ "Landmark Cinemas Canada Proceeds to Transition and Ownership After Receiving Approval from Competition Bureau to Complete Acquistion [sic] of 22 Empire Theatres in Western Canada and Ontario". Archived from the original on 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  8. ^ "Cinema chain taking over World Exchange theatre, hopes to keep it open". Archived from the original on 2013-10-31.
  9. ^ "Last movie to be shown by Landmark at World Exchange". Archived from the original on 2013-12-24.
  10. ^ "TriWest | Kinepolis Group NV reaches agreement to purchase Landmark Cinemas Canada LP".
  11. ^ "Landmark Cinemas chain sold to Belgian firm for $123M". Canadian Press. 2017-09-18. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  12. ^ "Kinepolis Group NV completes acquisition of Landmark Cinemas Canada LP".
  13. ^ "Recliner Seats". Landmark Cinemas. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  14. ^ Charlebois, Brieanna. "Tell Us About Us Comment".
  15. ^ "Pitch, Please - Win Passes to Pitch Perfect 2". 103.1 Virgin Radio Winnipeg. Retrieved March 5, 2016.

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