Corporate Milestones


Famous Players Canadian Corporation is created


Cineplex Odeon Corporation is created by Garth Drabinsky and Nathan Taylor and opens its first theatre in Toronto’s Eaton Centre


MCA buys 49% of Cineplex Odeon Corp. for US$159 million


Drabinsky and vice-chairman, Myron Gottlieb resign


Viacom Inc., the world’s third largest media company, buys Famous Players

May 1998

Cineplex Odeon Corp. merges with the US-based Loews Theatres, creating Loews Cineplex Entertainment, one of the world’s largest motion picture theatrical exhibition companies

December 1999

Galaxy Entertainment Inc. is founded by Ellis Jacob and Stephen Brown. The company creates state-of-the-art entertainment destinations for mid-size Canadian cities that historically were underserved.

February 15, 2001

Loews Cineplex Entertainment files for creditor protection

March 2002

Onex Corporation and Oaktree Capital acquire a restructured Loews Cineplex Entertainment

November 23, 2003

Cineplex Galaxy LP is created with the merger of Galaxy Entertainment Inc. and the Canadian assets of Cineplex Odeon Corporation. Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund is created and the IPO is priced at CDN$10.00 per unit on the Toronto Stock Exchange, (symbol CGX.UN).

February 21, 2005

Viacom Inc. announces its intent to divest the Famous Players theatre chain

May 27, 2005

Cineplex Galaxy LP receives a consent order signed by the Canadian Competition Bureau allowing the purchase of Famous Players

June 10, 2005

A Purchase Agreement between Viacom Inc. and Cineplex Galaxy LP is signed and the intent to purchase Famous Players for approximately $464 million in cash and approximately $36 million in lease obligations is announced

June 29, 2005

To finance the acquisition, Cineplex Galaxy LP announces a $215 million public offering. An announcement is also made indicating the intent to sell the real estate interests in four theatre locations in a sale-leaseback agreement for $67 million to RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust.

July 22, 2005

Cineplex Galaxy LP’s purchase of Famous Players from Viacom is complete, as well as the closure of the equity and debt financing. Formal divestiture process commences for sale of 34 theatres.

August 4, 2005

Cineplex Galaxy LP completes the sale of real estate interest in four theatre locations to RioCan REIT for $67 million

August 22, 2005

Cineplex Galaxy LP announces sale of 27 theatres and 202 screens to Empire Theatres Ltd. for approximately $83 million

September 30, 2005

Cineplex Galaxy LP announces completion of the sale of 27 theatres to Empire Theatres Ltd

October 3, 2005

Cineplex Galaxy LP is renamed Cineplex Entertainment LP. The company owns, leases or has operating interest in theatres under the following brands: Cineplex Odeon, Galaxy and Famous Players, including Coliseum, Colossus, and SilverCity.

Cineplex Entertainment

November 1, 2005

Cineplex Media, a division of Cineplex Entertainment LP is created by combining the CineMarketing sales division of Cineplex Entertainment with assets of Famous Players Media Inc.

March 31, 2006

Cineplex Entertainment announces the sale of seven theatres with 78 screens in the province of Quebec to Fortune Cinemas for $2 million

January 24, 2007

Cineplex Entertainment GTA launch of first-ever Canadian entertainment rewards program, SCENE, in partnership with Scotiabank. As part of the agreement, five theatres are to be re-branded to Scotiabank Theatres. Re-branding of Paramount Toronto Theatre to Scotiabank Theatre Toronto is announced.


April 2, 2007

Oaktree Capital Management sells their interest in the Fund along with a portion of the units held by Onex Corporation. This resulted in a reduction of Onex’s effective controlling interest in Cineplex Entertainment LP to 23.7%.

May 1, 2007

Board of Directors approves increase to Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund cash distributions to $1.20 per unit

May 2, 2007

National launch of SCENE program as well as the re-branding of three more theatres to the Scotiabank theatre brand: Scotiabank Theatre Montreal, Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver and Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton


June 29, 2007

Cineplex Entertainment announces acquisition of Cinema City chain. Three theatres are acquired.

September 21, 2007

Cineplex Entertainment announces the re-branding of Paramount Chinook to a Scotiabank brand as part of the agreement with the bank. Scotiabank Theatre Chinook is the last flagship location to be re-branded.

December 7, 2007

SilverCity Oakville Cinemas, Canada’s largest digital cinema complex opens. This theatre is also the first theatre to incorporate the “Backlot” concept which includes bowling, billiards and a bar/lounge, in addition to VIP auditoriums and a VIP lounge, the Cineplex Kids Club (a child-minding service) and Xtras (the Cineplex store).

March 26, 2008

Cineplex Media celebrates the 100th issue of Famous Magazine

100th issue

April 17, 2008

SCENE program expands with the addition of an online music store

May 8, 2008

Board of Directors approves second increase to Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund cash distributions to $1.26 per unit

July 22, 2008

Cineplex Entertainment and RealD announce agreement to install 175 3D systems in Cineplex theatres across the country

July 22, 2008

SCENE reaches milestone with its one millionth member

December 12, 2008

Cineplex Entertainment launches online e-commerce initiative The Cineplex Store. Cineplex also begins offering liquor service in its VIP auditoriums at Cineplex Odeon Varsity Cinemas.

Cineplex Store

January 2, 2009

Cineplex Entertainment begins offering liquor service in its VIP auditoriums at SilverCity Oakville Cinemas

January 5, 2009

Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund announces unit exchange with its largest shareholder, Onex Corporation

March 30, 2009

Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund and Onex Corporation announce a secondary offering of 12,956,885 trust units. This represented the balance of units controlled by Onex Corporation. The transaction was completed on April 21, 2009.

April 8, 2009

Cineplex Entertainment announces plan to acquire Onsite Media Network for $1.7 million

April 16, 2009

Cineplex Entertainment announces the introduction of the XSCAPE Entertainment Centre at SilverCity Newmarket Cinemas

April 21, 2009

Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund completes secondary offering of Trust units originally held by Onex Corporation concluding their majority ownership in the Fund

May 1, 2009

Cineplex Entertainment completes acquisition of Onsite Media Network and renames business Cineplex Digital Media

June 18, 2009

Cineplex Entertainment announces partnership with D-Box Technologies with the install of D-Box motion code seats at the Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas

September 10, 2009

Cineplex Entertainment announces launch of Telus Tuesdays with the Telus Half Price Movie Combo

October 24, 2009

SCENE reaches two million members

October 27, 2009

SCENE partners with Live Nation, the world’s largest producer of live concerts

December 31, 2009

Cineplex Entertainment has 190 digital projectors of which 149 are equipped with RealD 3D in 89 theatres across the country

February 2010

Cineplex Entertainment presents the CTV Olympic Games Broadcast at Cineplex for the first time at Cineplex theatres across the country

June 16, 2010

Cineplex Entertainment announces a new entertainment experience – UltraAVX TM in two locations at SilverCity CrossIron Mills Cinemas & XSCAPE Entertainment Centre in Calgary, AB and Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas in Toronto, ON. Additional UltraAVX locations will open later in 2010.

June 17, 2010

Cineplex Entertainment announces plans to acquire Digital Display & Communications Inc. for an estimated $3.5 million

June 30, 2010

UltraAVX premieres at SilverCity CrossIron Mills Cinemas & XSCAPE Entertainment Centre and Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas

July 2, 2010

Cineplex Entertainment completes the acquisition of Digital Display & Communications Inc.

September 7, 2010

Famous and Famous Québec magazines change names to Cineplex Magazine and Le magazine Cineplex

October 13, 2010

Cineplex Entertainment launches mobile ticketing via

November 10, 2010

Cineplex Entertainment launches the Cineplex mobile apps

November 18, 2010

Cineplex Entertainment launches digital download service via

January 1, 2011

Cineplex Inc. announces the completion of the conversion of Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund to a Corporation

February 18, 2011

Cineplex Entertainment renames Digital Display and Communications Cineplex Digital Solutions

May 12, 2011

Board of Directors approves increase of Cineplex Inc. dividend to $1.29 per unit