Top 5 Old-Fashioned Movie Theatres to Visit Outside Brampton

Published March 21, 2019 at 6:59 pm

If you’ve ever watched a movie in an old-fashioned theatre then you’ll know that there’s nothing quite like it. 

Heading out to a movie theatre every once and awhile is a fun activity in general; however, if you find yourself at a more unique theatre the experience completely changes.

You’ll feel more connected to the theatre since it’ll more than likely have its own touch (whether that be the décor or the actual movies you can watch), you’ll feel as though you’re a part of history in the making, and, dare I say it, you’ll probably feel a little hipster once you’re there.

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind theatre to head out to, then good news because there are surprisingly a lot to choose from.

However, we’ve narrowed it down for you.

Here are five old-fashioned movie theatres to check out outside of Brampton.

5. Imagine Cinemas Market Square


Imagine Cinemas is an independently owned, but growing, chain of cinemas. The first location opened in Tecumseh, Ontario back in 2005. Now, there are several locations across the country (including three Toronto locations).

The Imagine Cinema we’re here to talk about; however, is the Market Square location.

Located on Front Street in Toronto (tucked away in the financial and tourism district), this cinema has six screens and is open seven days a week.

“This central, downtown cinema has a variety of theatre sizes ranging from 60 to 176 seats, a two-level lobby, and one party room to accommodate your special event or birthday party,” reads the Imagine Cinema website.

For movies and showtimes, click here.

4. Highlands Cinema 


Once you arrive at Highlands Cinema, you won’t even be bothered by the drive. Located on the border of the Kawarthas and the Haliburton Highlands this theatre is truly unlike any other. 

The theatre, which doubles as a museum, is only open from May till Thanksgiving; however, during this time period around 50,000 moviegoers stop by.

Note that this is a cash-only theatre.

For more information, click here.

Photos are courtesy of the Highlands Cinema website.

3. The Zoetic Theatre 


I have seen both concerts and movies at this theatre. And although you’ll find more shows and plays at The Zoetic, the theatre does still screen the occasional movie so it definitely deserves its place on this list!

The Zoetic features 300 theatre seats, a full HD Christie projector, a 24-foot screen, a sprung stage, a deco-style baby grand piano, and so much more.

Click here for more information.

2. Apollo Cinema


This independent cinema is still fairly new – it only opened in 2015 – and offers, according to the cinema’s website, the best in contemporary, cult, and classic films! Of course; however, there’s more than just that.

Although a common movie snack is popcorn, the Apollo offers more than just that. At the Apollo, legal-aged moviegoers can enjoy a good film while simultaneously enjoying a nice glass of wine or beer.

For just $10 a year, you can become a member of the theatre.

Click here for more information.

Photo is courtesy of the Apollo Cinema Facebook page.

1. The Revue Cinema


The history of the Revue Cinema in Toronto dates all the way back to 1911; however, the non-for-profit theatre didn’t officially open till 1912.

Although, over the last couple of years the theatre has become the go-to place for event-driven cinema. 

“While the majority of the films we play are second-run, we aim to go beyond the screen with our Special Events, offering the Roncesvalles community engaging discussions, inspired food pairings, live performances, interactive games and exclusive restorations,” notes the Revue Cinema website.

Click here for more information.

Photo is courtesy of the Revue Cinema Facebook page.