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Toronto's newest cinema serves cocktails & calamari

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 16, 2014

vip cineplex torontoCineplex has finally opened its long-awaited adults-only movie theatre. (No, not like that.) The brand-new multiplex, located at the Shops at Don Mills, aims to cater to a more mature clientele with a VIP-styled experience - they'll deliver beer, wine, cocktails, and upscale snacks right to your seat. Cineplex VIP Cinemas Don Mills, located in the outdoor mall's former McNally Robinson Bookstore, contains five screening rooms, which offer reserved seating in big, squishy reclining chairs with plenty of legroom.

As with everything movie theatre-related, you will pay for the privilege - admission to these new screening rooms will be between $7 and $10, on top of existing adult ticket prices. But they seem to get the gouging out of the way quickly, because the actual refreshment prices ain't bad - the Star reports a domestic pint will cost $6.50, and a two-ounce martini is $9.50. The snack offerings, meanwhile, include bruschetta, calamari, and a cheese board from Toronto's own Cheese Boutique.

Instead of highbrow film fare, Cineplex's strategy seems to be to pack the place with crowd-pleasing, lowest-common-denominator flicks; the current slate is Let's Be Cops, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Expendables 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, and one nod to the dramatic genre - The Hundred Foot Journey. All in all, it's a perfect place for date night - right down to the pairs of seats with no armrests in between for all you snugglers out there. Just don't make out for the whole movie, OK? You paid way too much for that.



David / August 15, 2014 at 11:44 pm
I prefer $5 Tuesdays at the Carlton. No need to drive; walk or take the 506.
jd / August 16, 2014 at 03:01 am
$14 burger isn't gouging?
Diana / August 16, 2014 at 03:13 am
While definitely not for every movie, VIP can be great if you save up your Scene points. 1000 gets you into either a cheap Tuesday for a $25 VIP. I use them exclusively for IMAX or VIP screenings, while paying for cheap Tuesdays 7.19 tickets to get the points.
Aaron / August 16, 2014 at 04:33 am
People still talk, use their cellphones because they think they are so important. Not worth the expensive loss of movie going.
Chris replying to a comment from JB / August 16, 2014 at 01:50 pm
I've never heard that before... and my friends and I are big movie-goers.
cathie replying to a comment from JB / August 16, 2014 at 03:19 pm
I've heard that too, but if that is the case we should also avoid restaurants, public transit, libraries, office buildings and just about every other place outside of one's home.
Nelson M replying to a comment from Chris / August 16, 2014 at 05:41 pm
Hence, you shouldn't be going..
Spike replying to a comment from Paula / August 17, 2014 at 12:57 am
You do know that hopping onto the bus, subway and streetcar to get to downtown will get you to the TIFF Bell Lightbox, right? As well as the Bloor Cinema and the Royal, as well as others? And the the TIFF Bell Lightbox has a great restaurant in it, as well as a few great ones outside of it?
jacques / August 17, 2014 at 09:39 am
There are a number of other licensed cinemas in Toronto. Carlton, Varsity & The Queensway
LG / August 18, 2014 at 11:25 am
Went last night to the Queensway locatoin, if you like and value service, this is totally worth it! Great experience.

Should be $25 though, not $30 per person.
Just Sayin / August 19, 2014 at 01:00 am
We have lived in Dubai for 8 years now from TO and they have had this type of 18+ "Gold Class or Business Class" type of movie theatre, within the normal cinemas, with it's own VIP lounge area and concession stand, for years now. You can relax while enjoying a snack, reading magazines until they come to you, letting you know you can enter the theatre. No alcohol, of course but you can place your order for beverages, chicken wings, wraps, pizza, etc., which is brought to you at your seat, that is a very nice VIP touch. Want something more? No problem just ring the silent bell on your table that goes directly to the concession stand and someone will come to take your order. Can't beat that! Oh, you get to choose your seats when you buy your ticket and this goes for all cinemas, VIP or not.
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