Cinema Cineplex Forum

2313 Saint-Catherine Street Ouest,
Montreal, QC H3H 1N2

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Operated by: Cineplex Odeon

Previously operated by: AMC Theatres

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: AMC 22 Cinémas @ Le Forum

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AVX #3 auditorium shot

This cinema is built in what was the most famous building in hockey with more Stanley Cups won inside it than anywhere else. Events of the 1976 Summer Olympic Games were held here. This cinema’s decor carry an hockey theme.

Timeline: * May 1998, Boxoffice reports that it will have 30 screens with 7,300 “World Largest” * May 4, 2001 opened by American Multi-Cinemas of Kansas City MO as their first theatre in Quebec. * November 24, 2004 a digital projector was installed. * June 18th, 2010 3 more digital projectors installed and an ETX system, which has an 20% larger screen, 11 channels of sound and an 8 megapixel screen. AMC installed it to compete with the IMAX down the street.
* June 24th, 2011, IMAX screen installed with “Cars 2” * July 2012 sold to Cineplex to become an Cineplex Odeon cinema.

Contributed by mike rivest

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

cmbussmann on February 7, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I didn’t get to the Forum much but I did like the way they maintained “center ice” and made sure you were aware of the building’s heritage. The Forum back then also did some brilliant counter-programing, being the only multiplex in Montreal that offered several screens up to a variety of indie and anime offerings.

rivest266 on February 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm

UltraAVX screen opened on February 14th, 2013.

Spectrum Entertainment
Spectrum Entertainment on December 9, 2019 at 1:50 pm

Should be renamed to Cinéma Cineplex Forum.

rivest266 on December 13, 2019 at 4:37 am

5 screens are closed down on the lower level for VIP Cinemas.

Spectrum Entertainment
Spectrum Entertainment on December 31, 2020 at 3:52 pm

Why is Cineplex keeping this former AMC despite also having Cinema Banque Scotia nearby on the same street. This feels like a Yonge-Dundas vs Scotiabank situation in Toronto. Am I right?

rivest266 on December 31, 2020 at 4:37 pm

Canderal gave low rents to AMC.

Jason Whyte
Jason Whyte on January 6, 2021 at 11:32 pm

Hopefully after the COVID pandemic I can make a trip to Montreal as I have always wanted to visit this theater and the existing movie houses downtown. I could have only imagined if AMC went ahead and actually built a 7,300 (!) seat 30-plex in the forum, as the current 22 screen theater only has about 4000 seats or so. To answer Corus, they still want to keep both locations so they can push their Premium Experience offerings like VIP, Ultra AVX, IMAX and possibly even future experiences like more gaming, event cinema screenings etc.

Does anyone know what the current screen count would be with the VIP upgrade? Yonge-Dundas went to 23 from 24 screens when they converted the old AMC, and Winston Churchill went from 24 to 22 by converting to VIP recently. IMAX is also on that level so that screen would definitely remain and need enough room for an entrance and exit, but with that pretty large lobby on the lower level I’m sure there would be tons of extra room for the kitchen and lounge.

I added the Ultra AVX photo onto this page and with what looks like around a 550 seat count, it’s by far the largest AVX auditorium in Canada. Also like Yonge-Dundas in Toronto it has a true scope screen making it more ideal for widescreen presentations.

Also, does anyone know how you get back down from the top level of cinemas (11-22) on the top level? From all the photos I saw, I can’t see an escalator back down making you exit into the top level of the forum? The top and bottom concession areas are now walled off, so it would seem like a chore to get back down to the main level to visit the concession stand.

rivest266 on May 6, 2021 at 1:53 pm

There’s an additional set of escalators off the picture as well as a additional elevator serving the cinema.

LABcrab on June 11, 2021 at 1:47 pm

The grand opening for Cinémas VIP Forum will be on June 18, 2021. The province will be in the yellow zone. I added a photo of the lounge from last month.

There will continue to be 22 cinemas. The current layout is the same as when I visited in May 2021: • Main floor: Cinemas 1 to 3 (1 and 2 are regular, 3 is UltraAVX) • Basement: Cinemas 4 to 10 (4 is regular, the others were renamed VIP 1 to VIP 5, plus one unnumbered IMAX) • Top floor: Cinemas 11 to 22 (all regular)

The small arcade, and abandoned traditional concession stand, were removed to make way for Cinémas VIP. Sadly, the hockey rink decorations (movie quotes such as « Lance et Compte! ») were also removed. Washrooms were renovated as well, with improved VIP decor. There is an outside circular path, separate from Cinémas VIP, to access the washrooms, IMAX and regular Cinema 4.

To answer earlier comments from this year, for the top floor, only one escalator exists: from main to top. Exit only doors on the top floor lead to non-Cineplex stairs, escalators, and elevators used for the rest of the forum. The only way to access lower floors without exiting Cineplex is by using the Cineplex elevator.

AMC built three concession stands, one on each floor, but Cineplex only kept the main floor stand open. With 12 cinemas on the top floor, which only has a few vending machines now, this can be a hassle! That said, I’m happy that the basement now has snacks.

Spectrum Entertainment
Spectrum Entertainment on October 16, 2021 at 12:28 pm

This theatre opened with The Mummy Returns (on eight screens), The Centre of the World (on three screens), The Claim, The Crimson Rivers, With a Friend Like Harry (English subtitles), Love, Honour and Obey, Series 7: The Contenders, The Law of Enclosures, The Invisible Circus, Memento, Maelström (English subtitles), The Widow of Saint Pierre (English subtitles), and Into the Arms of Strangers.

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