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Sheridan College Media Arts Screenings

We are playing host to Sheridan College’s end of year Media Arts screenings! On Thursday the first-year class (Sheridan’s very last Media Arts class before the program changes to be a four-year Bachelor of Film and Television) showed their films, on Wednesday April 23rd the second years will get a turn and the following Thursday the graduates will premiere their final year films.

The screenings have attracted quite a bit of local media attention – the Oakville Beaver wrote about it, and yesterday we were featured in a segment on CHCH – check that out here!

ANNOUNCING OUR NEW NAME, COMING SOON: FILM.CA CINEMAS

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When Encore Cinemas started in 1998, it was a second-run cinema. This meant that it would receive movies after they had finished their runs at the bigger “first run” theatres. Our former Burlington and Mississauga locations stayed second-run throughout their lifetimes, but our home base Oakville location, the Oakville Mews, became a first-run cinema in 2005. Since then we have shown the greatest and newest films every day. You, as our guests, know that. Today we’re opening Rio 2 and Draft Day, both of which open widely today across Canada. We open Heaven is for Real on its opening day next Wednesday and Transcendence even before its official opening Friday with a show on Thursday night.
We have asked people who aren’t as familiar with us about what “Encore”, means to them. They think “again” or “bringing a movie back for an encore”. Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga and Milton have grown exponentially since 1998. Many of our neighbours in the new parts – and the old parts – of our communities don’t know we’re here, or don’t know about what kind of theatre we are today.
We’ve also been making a lot of changes lately. We became a fully digital cinema in February 2014, and every day we get comments about how great the picture and sound is now. In the weeks and months to come, we will be making a number of aesthetic upgrades to the cinema. And we are constantly widening the programs we offer. For example, just two weeks ago we began to accept competitor gift certificates to allow you to choose us more often, and with the digital upgrades, we are now able to host private and community events on every single one of our screens.
In the early days of the internet we snapped up the URL film.cawhich has been an amazing tool to make access EASY for guests and potential guests to information about us, what films are playing etc.
So, to reflect our true identity today as a modern first run cinema we have made the decision to rebrand as Film.ca Cinemas.
We know there is a lot of emotion attached to the Encore name. We want to assure you that while the name is changing we hold onto the same lowest prices in town, the same great popcorn, the same customer service that has won us the Oakville Beaver’s Reader’s Choice awards for years, and the same focus on the community. We have added some new great people to join our existing management team. They bring new and fresh ideas to help enhance the guest experience!
There are some things that will change and we thank you for feedback which has helped us focus our efforts. What will change, we think you’ll be very pleased with: more films, the best video and digital sound quality, interior upgrades, new “classic” uniforms for our staff, and an overall improvement in experience throughout the cinema, is what we’re going for. Details are to come as we confirm each change, and we hope you’ll be on the lookout each time you come by to see what’s new!
We want Film.ca Cinemas to be your theatre, a cinema with a true dedication to its guests that is seen as a cool place to hang out, to bring the family and to enjoy the magic of the movies. We want to maintain the core areas that have been our strengths and enhance those areas where we knew we could improve to even take the experience up a few more big notches!
As we move into marketing in communities that aren’t aware of us or who we really are, we want them to know right away that this is a modern, first-run, comfortable theatre that is just as viable an option as the big guys. We believe that this name change is a great way to do it.
We appreciate all of the comments and suggestions we received on our social media pages as you tried to guess what our big announcement was. Only two people guessed correctly, but we had some incredible ideas brought up that we will be seriously looking at, from a babysitting club to new concession items to special events.
Thank you for your constant support, love, and fantastic ideas!

The Film.ca Cinemas Team
Jeff Knoll, CEO
Jason Speers, General Manager
David Jenkins, Director

 

 

Canadian premiere of “As Dreamers Do” May 16th

We are hosting the Canadian premiere of As Dreamers Do, an independent film about the early life of Walt Disney. Starring Olan Rogers and Travis Tritt, this is a highly-anticipated film within the Disney fan community and we extend an invitation for Disney fans across Canada and beyond to come out for it!

The premiere will be held at 7pm on Friday May 16th. We will also be running the film twice daily for that entire week. Tickets are on sale now!

 

WHAT IS ENCORE’S BIG ANNOUNCEMENT?!

We’ve come a long way from this time last year, when we weren’t even sure if Encore would still be here this year.

You, our loyal and wonderful guests, know that big changes have been occurring here at the cinema over the last few months – from aesthetic upgrades to, of course, our new digital cinema projection. At the same time, we’re proud to hold on to the same low prices and great customer service (and the popcorn!) that you’ve come to now and love over the past 15 years.

Well, we’ve got a BIG surprise up our sleeves. The announcement will come on Friday, April 11th at 7:00 PM EST here on Film.ca. Count down with us here.

We want to know what you think the big announcement might be! Comment here, or on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. The first person to guess correctly (or if we’ve bamboozled all of you, we’ll pick a random winner) will win a Night at the Movies pass for four. And don’t worry, we can tell you right now that we ARE NOT closing or being taken over by “the big guys”… we think you’re going to love what we have in store. Stay tuned!

Competitor gift certificates now accepted EVERY DAY

Our competitor gift card program has been so successful that we are now accepting Cineplex gift cards and pass packages for admission here at Encore EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK!

Please note passes are not good for private events and may not be valid for performances marked NO PASSES… but other than that, we’re happy to accept them every day of the week, any time.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier tickets now on sale

Encore Cinemas will premiere Captain America: The Winter Soldier at 8:00 PM Thursday April 3rd. Tickets are now on sale for that show as well as 4pm and 7pm performances during that first week of shows. Click here to check it out!

We now accept competitor gift certificates!

WE NOW ACCEPT COMPETITOR GIFT CERTIFICATES!

We are pleased to announce that as of Monday, we will be accepting Cineplex gift cards and pre-purchased movie packages for admissions and concessions purchases at Encore Cinemas.

On MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS and SUNDAY NIGHTS after 6PM, Cineplex Entertainment gift cards and pre-purchased movie packages may be exchanged for the same value on purchases at Encore Cinemas.

Movie package certificates may be used to redeem the same items listed (eg. tickets, popcorn, soft drinks). Gift cards may be exchanged for items totalling the value on the card or the balance may be transferred to a Film.ca gift card.

 

Not valid Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

Single emergency passes and coupons not accepted.

Divergent opens Thursday at 8pm – FIRST SHOW IN OAKVILLE!

Fan of the hit teen dystopian series Divergent that’s poised to become the next Hunger Games? Come to our premiere screening on Thursday March 20th at 8:00 PM! This is the very first showtime in Oakville and Burlington – be the first of your friends to see it.

Tickets on sale now – click here to purchase. Divergent will also play four times a day – 1:00 PM, 3:50 PM, 6:40 PM and 9:30 PM – from Friday to Thursday.

Oscar Contest 2014 Winners

We’ve now heard from all of our Oscar contest winners, so we are happy to announce them!

Congratulations to Monica Christensen who came in FIRST PLACE with 22/24 predictions correct! She will receive a three-month VIP pass to Encore.

Congratulations also go out to Trevor Mount and Jacqueline Lapointe who came in second and third place! Trevor receives a gift certificate to Arthur Murray Dance Studio and Jacqueline received passes to an Oakville Improv show.

Thank you to all entrants – we’re looking forward to doing it all again next year.

Frozen Singing Contest Compilation Video

Here is our Frozen singing contest compilation video, which was also included in this week’s Lights, Camera, Encore!

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Thanks to all participants!

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