The long wait for the return of movie theatres at Quartier Cavendish is almost over.
History will note that Cineplex closed the cinema more than a year ago. At the time I speculated that Bruce Gurberg, who owns the CinéStarz chain, might fill the void. Sure enough Gurberg did step forward. He signed a multi-year lease. Since Cineplex removed virtually everything from the interior, Gurberg used the opportunity to do a total relaunch.
This complex will be called CineStarz Deluxe and could open as early as July 8. Construction work presently continues around the clock. Every theatre will be spanking new, from the most comfortable (and expensive) electronic reclining seats I have ever experienced; new screens, speakers; new washrooms; new carpeting and flooring and even LED strips in each room that will change colours. Not only will there be concessions stands, with the CineStarz to die for popcorn, but yes a full bar with 15 stools. “We have a liquor license and people can come for a drink before or after their movie,” Bruce told me during a private tour of the place.
“This is the biggest investment I have ever made in my life,” Gurberg says. “I am very excited to be opening a theatre where I live.”
Gurberg hopes to see many community organizations to take advantage of this prime location and use the theatres for events and gatherings.
CinéStarz presently has locations in Côte des Neiges, St. Leonard, Grenville in Quebec and Orleans, Ottawa and Burlington in Ontario.
You can go to www.cinestarz.ca