Apr 22, 2019
By Zoomer Podcast Network
Cinesphere is the world’s first permanent IMAX movie theatre, located on the grounds of Ontario Place in Toronto. The theatre has both IMAX 70mm and IMAX with Laser projection systems and was been considered a building of heritage value and worthy of heritage designation, but has now been removed by the Ford Government. The iconic and historic Cinesphere is one of the areas “available for development” according to the provincial government’s latest plans for Ontario Place. On January 18, Doug Ford’s government announced “a new vision” for Ontario place: one that they say could include “exciting sport and entertainment landmarks, public parks, or shopping.” The province also announced an Expression of Interest process that would open this spring to allow developers to send their ideas as to how they could give Ontario Place “a fresh look.” In other words …privatization. As part of that process, developers would be able to develop concepts for areas that include the Ontario Place islands, mainland, pods, and the Cinesphere. Ontario Place re-opened Cinesphere to the public on November 3rd. The theatre is open year round and offers a variety of films for all ages. But, with provincial government funding supporting the revitalization of Ontario Place, Cinesphere has been accessible to the public again for weekend movie screenings and for private events. Jane Brown speaks with Cindy Wilkey of Waterfront for All, an advocacy group to learn more.