Imagine Cinemas Carlton

20 Carlton Street,
Toronto, ON M5B 2H5

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Operated by: Imagine Cinemas

Previously operated by: Cineplex Odeon, Magic Lantern Theatres

Functions: Movies

Previous Names: Cineplex 10 Carlton, Cineplex Odeon Carlton, Carlton Cinema

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 416.494.9371

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Carlton Cinema 20 Carlton Street Toronto

This art-house multiplex in the center of the city presented the most recent foreign and independent films to Toronto audiences.

It was closed on December 6, 2009. Re-opened by Magic Lantern Theatres as the Carlton Cinema on July 2, 2010. In 2016 it was taken over by Imagine Cinemas.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

Recent comments (view all 35 comments)

qwo06 on February 18, 2010 at 2:22 pm

The Carlton Cinemas is set to reopen in June 2010 by Magic Lantern Theatres. Here is the link:

telliott on February 20, 2010 at 12:14 am

Great news! Can’t wait to see what it looks like when it re-opens. Can’t understand why they didn’t open a Rainbow Cinema in the closed Upper James 7 in Hamilton. Magic Lantern/Rainbow always seem to re-open former Cineplex Odeon theatres. That one would have been perfect for the people of Hamilton Mountain.

John Fink
John Fink on February 21, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Great news indeed, hopefully they’ll continue the art house mix that Cineplex had – I only went once (and took the cinema tour pics on the eve of the 2008 TIFF, we saw Outsourced that night). I don’t know what impact Bell Lightbox will have aside from providing a permanent home for the Cinematheque Ontario – even though AMC and Scotiabank split films they certainly haven’t really made the best of over screening by playing more art pictures, which is sad since I’m now based in Buffalo and would dig an art movie day-cation in Toronto, but there’s not much to see that won’t come to Buffalo with the Carlton gone.

telliott on June 16, 2010 at 11:34 am

The Carlton cinemas will be re-opening on July 2nd and run by Magic Lantern Theatres. They have already included it on their website.

John Fink
John Fink on November 20, 2010 at 10:29 pm

I visited the theater this afternoon – Magic Lantern refurbished much of it including installing new seats, carpeting and other changes including more seating the lobby area (removing Alan Smithee’s a bar that was there as Cineplex, however closed when I was there last), a new mural, and a new paint job. The place looks good – the screens are still small, but the theater is comfortable and far cheeper than their competitors ($9 adult price verses $13 elsewhere in town), hopefully it’s filling a niche because the programing is excellent.

It’s also worth noting it’s showing features day and date with many competitors including AMC Younge & Dundas, Scotibank, Varsity and even (currently) TIFF Bell Lightbox.

William Mewes
William Mewes on July 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm

They have $5.00 Tuesday for the early performances!

Now if only they would bring back 25c popcorn.

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on October 16, 2012 at 8:52 am

The Carlton recently converted to digital projection… hurray! This gets rid of the following problems: pictures out of frame (microphones in frame), out of focus, poor sound reproduction, scratchy and, or dirty prints. These are some of the reasons I stopped going to this venue. A recent visit with perfect digital projection and sound was a real treat!

truenorthstrongnfree on September 22, 2016 at 9:37 am

Now operated by Imagine Cinemas.

Spectrum Entertainment
Spectrum Entertainment on September 9, 2020 at 9:22 am

The name should be changed to Imagine Cinemas Carlton. Carlton Cinema was used by Magic Lantern Theatres from 2010-2016.

Spectrum Entertainment
Spectrum Entertainment on March 9, 2022 at 1:50 pm

Cineplex Entertainment closed it on December 6, 2009. Its final movies include Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Prom Night in Mississippi, Antichrist, Inside Hana’s Suitcase, Good Hair, Cairo Time, Capitalism: A Love Story, Bright Star, and The Informant!

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