Inside Calgary’s new Cineplex VIP theater before it opens (PHOTOS)
Cineplex is opening a new VIP theater in Calgary this week and it will be the first of its kind in Alberta.
The Cineplex VIP Cinemas University District is home to five VIP auditoriums, and is the only Cineplex in the province to be an exclusively stand-alone VIP theater. Southeast Calgary’s Seton community is home to VIP cinemas, but this place also features traditional auditoriums.
Scott Whetham, Executive Director, Alberta South Operations, Cineplex, told Daily Hive that the new theater is only their third location in Canada to be VIP-only, bringing a unique experience to this up-and-coming community in northwest Calgary.
“People travel from all over Calgary to come to Seton for the VIP experience,” Whetham said. “We’re delighted to be in the Northwest so people don’t have to make this commute all the time. “
The 22,500-square-foot adults-only cinema has an 80-seat lounge, where you can dine or enjoy a drink before and after your movie. The living room even has an outdoor patio and the cinema location offers mountain views.
As with all Cineplex VIP theaters, the theater will offer on-site auditorium service, where large tray tables make it easy to enjoy a luxury snack with your movie.
While the location does not have a traditional cinema concession stand, customers can order food and drink from the lounge to be delivered directly to their seats in the auditorium where they will watch their movie – talk about good service !
The cinema menu offers dishes such as burgers, poutine, tacos and quesadillas, salads, boneless wings, wraps and pizzas, as well as appetizers, traditional cinema sweets and popcorn, as well as decadent desserts, like the salted caramel brownie.
The drink menu lists craft cocktails, wine and sangria, beer (including local beers on tap!), Seltzer water, and cider. Fun frozen concoctions and fishbowl cocktails round out the drink offerings.
In addition to being the only Cineplex VIP-only theater in the province, Whetham told Daily Hive that the location at 3953 University Avenue NW will use all-laser projection in its auditoriums, while other Cineplex locations in Alberta use methods such as xenon bulbs.
With all-laser projection, moviegoers can expect screen brightness and contrast to be superior to what they see with other methods.
Calgarians will be the first to take advantage of Cineplex’s new recliners: extremely comfortable luxury lounge-style seating with padded backs. Customers can control the headrest and footrest from their chair with buttons integrated into the seat. There is even a heating function in the chair, with two different temperature settings to choose from.
And to make the oft-overlooked front row theater seats more appealing, the front row of each auditorium uses chair-style lounge chairs that recline fully, making your experience even more comfortable and turning them into ‘the best seats in the world’. the House “.
The hallway leading to the cinema auditoriums is lined with framed stills of a variety of films, each with a descriptive sign, making it a great conversation piece as guests walk into their movie.
Cinephiles can experience this luxurious evening starting Wednesday, November 17, aligning almost perfectly with the release of a number of highly anticipated films.
As part of its opening, Cineplex VIP Cinemas University District will feature new releases the eternal and Dune (playing), with Ghostbusters: the afterlife and king richard opening on November 19, and Gucci House coming November 24.
Tickets and times are available at the theaters, through the Cineplex app, and at cineplex.com.