In 1913, Arthur Brooks Webster had a problem: he had just been issued a permit to build his theatre, but the local residents were already content with the two theatres just down the road. However, by promising a moviegoing experience unlike any other and rallying his friends to spread a petition door-to-door, Webster gained the support he needed to break the earth on his vision. Though the theatre?s first reel spun in 1914, it took years of cycling through names such as The Pastime and Prince Edward before it finally received its current, more svelte moniker in 1937.
Fast-forward to the present day, and the Fox Theatre stands as the longest-running cinema in Canada. First- and second-run films flicker to life on the big screen as enamoured audiences watch on from rows of plush red seats. Aside from the classic moviegoing experience, the theatre may be rented to seat up to 248 spectators for parties, corporate events, and screenings of independent documentaries about the funding channels for independent documentaries.
At Magic Lantern Theatres, darkened auditoriums with flickering screens draw audiences into magical worlds where fish can talk, motorcycles leap canyons, and love comes even for those who eat crackers in bed. The partnering multiplex theatres and cinemas show recently released blockbuster flicks at 15 locations spread across Canada, each of which retains its own unique personality and honours any historic roots. In Edmonton, the Princess Theatre’s original 1915 auditorium, complete with balcony, golden drapes, and red walls, accommodates moviegoers with babies or pet hyenas inside a soundproof cry room. In Saskatchewan, the circa-1930 Roxy Theatre preserves the ambience of a Spanish courtyard. As guests find their auditoriums at the Ontario locations, they can admire giant murals by local artist Fred Harrison.
As its name implies, MovieTime outfits its clients with countless classic films and new releases, though its technicians also fine-tune computers, consoles, and media devices of all types and models. Shoppers entertain themselves with Hindi and Punjabi comedies, romances, dramas, and thrillers, or convert dusty VHS tapes and 35mm slideshows into easy-to-access DVDs with customized menus and music sequences. Electronics whizzes clean viruses from infected systems, hook computers into networks, and recover lost data from damaged servers, tapes, or hard drives. Gaming experts render nearly any modern-generation console as good as new—bringing motion sensing capabilities back to the Wii through laser-lens replacements, or removing an Xbox's Red Ring of Death through a careful curse-lifting procedure.
A 15,000-watt lamp projector, six-channel surround sound playing from 44 speakers, and a six-story screen that reaches to the very edge of your peripheral vision. With larger-than-life audio and visual displays, Niagara Falls IMAX puts audiences right in the action. The current film, Niagara: Miracles, Myths & Magic, explores the 12,000-year history of the falls and highlights the daredevils who plunged over the cascading waters inside barrels or the open mouths of whales.
Just outside of the theater, the Niagara Daredevil Exhibit delves deeper into the stories of those thrill seekers. Here, visitors can learn more about the lives of Niagara Falls daredevils and even touch some of the barrels that carried them over the falls and into legend.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony was founded out of necessity; in 1945, the Grand Philharmonic Choir was preparing a recital and needed tuneful accompaniment for the harmonic voices. Once its backup duty was over, however, the newly convened orchestra quickly established itself as an independent source for both classical and pops concerts performing more than 100 concerts annually in the Waterloo region. Now home to 52 on-staff musicians, the orchestra continues its decades-long tradition at venues around Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, and Cambridge. From his position as music director, Edwin Outwater oversees the joyful noise, which ranges from baroque to Beethoven to the Beatles and Broadway. Since assuming the role in 2007, Outwater has been one of the orchestra's most vigorous boosters, arranging the group's first commercial recording in a decade, engineering an exploration of prog rock in collaboration with the Institute for Quantum Computing, and knitting sweaters for each musician's instrument.
During Reel Babies movie showings, theatres transform into child-friendly arenas where new parents can enjoy recent releases while tending to tykes. Empire Theatres keeps the auditorium lights dim and lowers the volume on new films such as Our Idiot Brother, One Day, and The Debt, ensuring an environment conducive to child-care. Parents can transport their mini-me to the auditorium's "exersaucer", baby swing, and play mat, allowing young minds to expend energy otherwise spent solving Fermat's Last Theorem. Additionally, a changing table and bottle warmer ensures parents can remain in the theatre for all reunion scenes between protagonists and their coffee makers.