Question, is the movie theater at "Woodbine Mall" getting a renovation?
A common practice with the current owner of the Woodbine Centre is to seize control of stores and their assets once a tenant is no longer able to
pay rent. The owner then confiscates the store's remaining inventory, and re-opens the store under a new (but similar) shop name. Habitually, the
owner would then hire family/associates already employed at the Woodbine Centre to commandeer the replacement shops.
'Woodbine Cinemas' is another prime example of this practice. Once Imagine Cinemas left Woodbine two years ago, a massive liquidation
took place; selling off most of Imagine's movie equipment in the process. Projectors, popcorn makers, even the movie seats themselves
were all sold for pennies on the dollar. Photos from Woodbine's cinema auction can be viewed on previous pages of this thread.
Presently, the Woodbine owner is banking on the notion that another cinema company will step in, either by picking up the mantle of 'Woodbine
Cinemas', or posting a marquee of their own. The problem is, cinema owners in the GTA are weary about investing money into movie theatres
in 2023. Especially in a sparsely-populated, state of decrepitude that the Woodbine Centre has currently become.
Another considerable problem is that the lot which makes up Woodbine Cinemas has, since Woodbine's grand opening 38 years ago, always been
a movie theatre. Repackaging the lot as anything other than a cinema will take an intractable amount of remodelling; the cost of which, I would
imagine, is beyond what the current owner is reluctant to invest in.
Three of Toronto's biggest movie theatres have come and gone from the Woodbine. Cineplex Odeon, Rainbow Cinemas and Imagine Cinemas;
all in the span of three-plus decades. The latter, last I can recall, tried to air Bollywood and Tamil movies before closing down for good.
Using the theatre's current layout, the only remodelling I can see now is to convert the cinema into a banquet hall.