The long-awaited and highly anticipated opening of the Galaxy Cinemas Collingwood was celebrated in style with an exciting reception – truly out of this world! Guests were treated like stars and enjoyed great food, entertainment, and some pretty moving speeches.
In attendance at the opening celebrations gala were President and CEO of Cineplex Entertainment, Ellis Jacob; City of Collingwood Mayor, Chris Carrier; United Way of South Georgian Bay Representative, Alice Grotolli; and Galaxy Cinemas Collingwood General Manager, Marc Lemiere; in addition to numerous other local community leaders and members of the Canadian film, entertainment and business communities.
“We are very excited to officially open our doors to the Collingwood community,” said Pat Marshall, Vice President Communications and Investor Relations. “Community involvement is an integral component in how Cineplex Entertainment operates its theatres and we look forward to continuing to support local groups in the future.”
Tickets for the event could be purchased from The United Way of South Georgian Bay at $20 per ticket for the cocktail reception, with 100 per cent of the proceeds from ticket sales donated to The United Way of South Georgian Bay.
“Galaxy Cinemas have a long history supporting The United Way and over the past five years, we have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for them in numerous communities across the country. We have also created a number of “signature events” specifically designed to raise funds in each of our Galaxy cinema locations. These include our Starlight Film Festivals where teens get the opportunity to sleep over night in the theatre and watch movies, play games and eat more food, especially popcorn, than they ever thought possible. They have a great time and 100% of the proceeds raised by selling tickets to the events are donated to the local United Way chapter. We also host Galaxy Days and here in Collingwood we are launching Galaxy Day for The United Way of South Georgian Bay which will occur on Saturday, June 23rd. You will want to bring your families out to enjoy free movies along with face painting, clowns and all kinds of fun. Our concession will be selling popcorn and soft-drinks for a special price of $2.00 each and 100% of those proceeds will go The United Way of South Georgian Bay.” Marshall continued.
The seven-screen, 26,000 square foot theatre is located at 6 Mountain Road. The complex cost more than $5 million to build and over the seven-month building process created over 80 construction jobs and 50 permanent and part-time jobs for local “Theatres attract people of all ages from far and wide, increasing traffic to nearby businesses,” said Collingwood Mayor Chris Carrier. “It is great for Collingwood to have its own cinema complex that will be enjoyed by both the residents of Collingwood and visitors. This theatre also offers great employment opportunities for many young people, often in their first job.”
The new Galaxy Cinemas Collingwood features all stadium seating (each seat row is 18” higher than the previous row); wall-to-wall, giant, curved screens; large, luxurious seats with ample legroom and Dolby Digital Surround Sound. The concessions include traditional movie fare such as popcorn, candy and soft drinks in addition to a wide selection of low-fat and no-fat frozen yoghurts and premium ice creams at Yogun Fruz. A Zero Gravity family entertainment centre offers a number of interactive video games and activities and is accessible without the purchase of a movie ticket residents and it’s completely wheelchair accessible.
There are a lot of exciting things to come at Galaxy Cinemas Collingwood, including live simulcasts; film festivals; giant screen sports and unique fundraisers so stay tuned to mycollingwood.ca for more information.
Guests can visit www.cineplex.com to find show times and use Jump!, the Internet ticketing service to purchase tickets online.
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To view photos from the Gala Event check out our Community Photo Gallery.
About Cineplex Entertainment LP:
Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Cineplex Entertainment LP owns, leases or has a joint venture in 129 theatres with 1,297 screens serving 60 million guests annually.
Cineplex Entertainment LP is the largest motion picture exhibitor in Canada operating theatres with the following brands: Cineplex Odeon, Galaxy, Famous Players (including Coliseum, Colossus and SilverCity) and Scotiabank Theatre Toronto. The units of Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund, which owns approximately 75.7% of Cineplex Entertainment LP, are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol CGX.UN). For more information, visit us at www.cineplex.com.