Famous Players Bramalea Cinemas

25 Peel Center Drive,
Brampton, ON L6T 3R5

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Previously operated by: Famous Players

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Cinemas III

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Cinema III was opened on April 20, 1973. Famous Players Bramalea Cinemas was one of the first movie theatres constructed in Brampton. Much like Centennial Brampton and the very brief theatre in Shoppers World Brampton that were eventually shutdown, it had 3 theatres in the basement of the Bramalea City Center and was current until the late-1980’s when Gateway 6 was constructed. After closing in 1998 the cinema was gutted.

I’ve been trying to locate anything on the cinema and most of this is by memory alone.

The theatre entrance was located directly across from Clark Boulevard Public School in the covered parking.

Contributed by Stephen Baker

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

telliott on March 1, 2014 at 10:10 am

I seem to remember that the Bramalea only had 3 screens, wasn’t aware that they expanded to 4. It had only 3 when I used to go there. Square One had 4.

DavidDymond on March 1, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Never expanded to 4 screens. Mike Wells was the first manager.

truenorthstrongnfree on April 15, 2014 at 10:20 am

According to various sources, the “guts” of this theater are still there. The theater was gutted, but the space still exists behind the stores (Dollarama, PJ’s Pets) that exist in the hallway by that entrance.

zedphyr on May 18, 2015 at 8:59 am

That’s correct, truenorth. Apparently even the giant silver pipes which hung from the ceiling in the mall were stashed there during the 1989 renovations and are still there.

coasternut (Robert Morrow)
coasternut (Robert Morrow) on June 5, 2015 at 1:26 am

An ad for ZARDOZ at the Bramalea 3 has been installed in the photo section. This ad appeared in the Toronto Star March 22, 1974.

robert2016 on June 29, 2016 at 5:45 pm

can anyone still remember how great that popcorn smell was when you were waiting for the bus?

gordonmcleod on June 6, 2019 at 9:54 am

It was one of two locations that Famous used the reversing Cinemecanica Victoria 8 projectors that at the end of the 6000 foot reel (one hour) the changeover occured and the out going machine ran backwards so there was no need to rethread The spool boxes could hold a 36" reel that could hold a 90 min feature The Automation was Cinemation MK4

rivest266 on November 18, 2020 at 2:11 pm

Opened on April 20th, 1973, and closed in 1998

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