Yonge Street is a major arterial route in the Canadian province of Ontario connecting the shores of Lake Ontario in Toronto to Lake Simcoe, a gateway to the Upper Great Lakes. Until 1999, the Guinness Book of World Records repeated the popular misconception it was 1,896 km long, thus the longest street in the world. Yonge Street is 56 kilometres long; the construction of Yonge Street is designated an Event of National Historic Significance in Canada. Yonge Street was fundamental in the original planning and settlement of western Upper Canada in the 1790s, forming the basis of the concession roads in Ontario today. Once the southernmost leg of Highway 11, linking the capital with northern Ontario, Yonge Street has been referred to as "Main Street Ontario". Today, no section of Yonge Street is a provincial highway; the street was named by Ontario's first colonial administrator, John Graves Simcoe, for his friend Sir George Yonge, an expert on ancient Roman roads. Yonge Street is a commercial main thoroughfare rather than a ceremonial one, with landmarks such as the Eaton Centre, Yonge-Dundas Square and the Hockey Hall of Fame along its length—and lends its name to the Downtown Yonge shopping and entertainment district.
In Toronto and York Region, Yonge Street is the north-south baseline from which street numbering is reckoned east and west. The eastern branch of Line 1 Yonge–University serves nearly the entire length of the street in Toronto and acts as the spine of the Toronto subway system, linking to suburban commuter systems such as the Viva Blue BRT. See the'Public Transit' section below. Yonge Street originates on the northern shore of Toronto Bay at Queens Quay as a four-lane arterial road proceeding north by north-west. Toronto's Harbourfront is built on landfill extended into the bay, with the former industrial area now converted from port and industrial uses to a dense residential high-rise community; the street passes under the elevated Gardiner Expressway and the congested rail lines of the Toronto viaduct on their approach to Union Station. The road rises near Front Street, marking the pre-landfill shoreline. Here, at the southern edge of the central business district, is the Dominion Public Building, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and the Hockey Hall of Fame, the latter housed in an imposing former Bank of Montreal office, once Canada's largest bank branch.
Beyond Front Street the road passes through the east side of the Financial District, within sight of many of Canada's tallest buildings, fronting an entrance to the Allen Lambert Galleria. Between Front Street and Queen Street, Yonge Street is bounded by historic and commercial buildings, many serving the large weekday workforce concentrated here. Yonge Street's entire west side, from Queen Street to Dundas Street, is occupied by the Eaton Centre, an indoor mall featuring shops along its Yonge Street frontage and a Nordstrom anchor store at the corner of Dundas Street; the east side has two historic performance venues, the Ed Mirvish Theatre and the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres. In addition, Massey Hall is just to the east on Shuter Street. Opposite the Eaton Centre lies Yonge-Dundas Square; the area now comprising the square was cleared of several small commercial buildings and redeveloped in the late 1990s and early 2000s, with large video screens, retail shopping arcades and seating in a bid to become "Toronto's Times Square".
It is used for numerous public events. Another stretch of busy retail lines both sides of Yonge Street north of Dundas Street, including Sam the Record Man until its closure on June 30, 2007; the density of businesses diminishes north of Gerrard Street. The Art Deco College Park building, a former shopping complex of the T. Eaton Company, occupies most of the west side of Yonge Street from Gerrard Street north to College Street, it was converted into a commercial complex after the building of the Eaton Centre. From College Street north to Bloor Street, Yonge Street serves smaller street-level retail in two- to three-storey buildings of a hundred years' vintage; the businesses here, unlike the large chains which dominate south of Gerrard Street, are small independent shops and serve a dense residential community on either side of Yonge Street with amenities such as convenience stores. The intersection of Yonge and Bloor Streets is a major crossroads of Toronto, informally considered the northern edge of the downtown core.
Subway Line 2 Bloor–Danforth intersects the Yonge line here, with the resulting transfers between lines making Bloor-Yonge Station the busiest in the city. The Hudson's Bay Centre and Two Bloor West office towers dominate the corner, visible both from downtown and beyond, with the south-east corner earmarked for a major condominium development; the Mink Mile's borders extend from Yonge to Avenue Road along Bloor. The intersection of Yonge and Bloor Streets is itself a "scramble"-type intersection allowing pedestrians to cross from any corner to any other corner. North of Bloor, the street is part of the old town of Yorkville, today a major shopping district extending west of Yonge Street along Cumberland and Bloor Streets. North of Yorkville and traffic decrease somewhat and the speed limit increases as Yonge Street forms the main street of Summerhill, which together with Rosedale to the east is noted for its opulent residences; the area is marked by the historic North Toronto railway station served by the Canadian Pacific
Empire Theatres Limited was a movie theatre chain in Canada, a subsidiary of Empire Company Ltd. the holding company of the Sobey family conglomerate. In June 2013, Empire announced it would exit the movie theatre business, selling the vast majority of locations to Cineplex and Landmark Cinemas. Five other locations in operation at the time of the announcement were not included in either deal and were closed, Two of these locations re-opened again at a date under different owners and two other locations remain closed along with one Drive-in. Empire Theatres was formed from the Sobey family's purchase of the Atlantic Canadian assets of Canadian Odeon Theatres in 1984 as part of that chain's merger into Cineplex Odeon Corporation, it acquired selected Famous Players theatres locations, including those in Newfoundland and Labrador. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Famous Players remained a major competitor in the Maritimes. Empire responded by opening several new or replacement locations along the lines of the multiplexes being opened by Cineplex and Famous Players in the rest of Canada.
Despite an aggressive expansion in the Maritimes in the mid-1990s, Famous Players had focused on improvements elsewhere and did not match Empire's moves, one of which included an 18-screen multiplex in the Bayers Lake Business Park in suburban Halifax. With comparably minor interests in the region, Famous Players cut back on marketing and sold its remaining screens in Atlantic Canada to Empire Theatres in 2004. On August 22, 2005, Empire announced it would acquire 27 theatres, with a total of 202 screens, in locations from British Columbia to Ontario, from Cineplex Galaxy LP, as a result of the latter's acquisition of Famous Players Theatres doubling Empire's size. Most of the locations were "traditional" venues, but some were larger theatres, such as Coliseum Calgary, SilverCity theatres in Kitchener and St. Catharines, one in Calgary and Cineplex Odeon Square One in Mississauga; the deal closed September 30, 2005. In December 2009, the Empire Theatres chain had 48 screens equipped with digital projection and RealD 3D capabilities.
In March 2012, Empire announced that it was the "first national exhibitor in Canada to complete circuit wide digital cinema conversion", with 359 screens converted, 40 percent of which had RealD 3D capability. On June 21, 2012, Empire announced the acquisition of two Ontario-based theatres from AMC Theatres, located in Ottawa and Whitby, Ontario; each theatre featured 24 screens, including an IMAX experience auditorium. Empire had announced plans to equip all screens in these locations with Barco digital technology, some with RealD 3D technology, to "provide movie-goers with a state-of-the-art movie presentation experience". On June 27, 2013, Empire Company Ltd. announced that it would be focusing on its retail and real estate operations. To that end, Empire Theatres sold or closed all of its theatres. Cineplex Entertainment purchased 24 theatres for C$194 million on October 10, 2013; this consisted of all Empire locations in Atlantic Canada. On October 22, 2013, Empire Theatres closed its Atlantic Canada locations.
The Atlantic Canada theatres sale to Cineplex was completed on October 24, 2013. On October 24 or 25, 2013, the theatres reopened as Cineplex Cinemas; the deal was to include the two former AMC locations in Ottawa and Whitby, but these were removed from this deal due to Competition Bureau concerns. In lieu of the Kanata location, Cineplex acquired the rights to Empire's planned 10-screen Lansdowne Park location in Ottawa. Landmark Cinemas purchased another 23 theatres in Western Canada for C$55 million; this was a minority equity share and management control of the theatres, financed by TriWest Capital Partners. On October 29, 2013, Empire Theatres closed its Ontario and Western Canada locations after the evening shows and reopened on October 31, 2013 as Landmark Cinemas. On October 30, 2013, Empire Theatres terminated operations permanently; the sale to Landmark Cinemas was closed on October 31, 2013. The Ottawa 7 theatre was run on a management contract until December 2013 when it closed. On November 1, 2013, Empire Company Ltd. announced the completion of the sale of Empire Theatres to Cineplex & Landmark.
On February 28, 2018 Cineplex announced plans to open an entertainment destination known as The Rec Room in the Avalon Mall in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador sometime in early 2019, which will be adjacent to the Scotiabank Theatre; this will be the first location to open in Atlantic Canada. The Avalon Mall houses the Scotiabank Theatre in the provinces capital. Empire Theatres planned to build four more at the time of closure. Of these, 24 were sold to Cineplex Entertainment along with the rights to two of the planned locations, while another 20 locations were sold to Landmark Cinemas. Most of the locations sold to Landmark were Famous Players locations. Five locations were not included in the sales: Drive-in in Westville, Nova Scotia: closed permanently on September 2, 2013. Cineplex instead chose to focus on opening a theatre at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, a first for the company, in July 2017. Elgin Mills 10: closed on August 15, 2013, but was acquired by Rainbow Cinemas in October 2013.
It re-opened on November 20, 2013. It was sold to Imagine
Liquor Control Board of Ontario
The Liquor Control Board of Ontario is a Crown corporation that retails and distributes alcoholic beverages throughout the Canadian province of Ontario. It is accountable to the Ministry of Finance, it was established in 1927 on the advice of Ontario Premier Howard Ferguson, to sell liquor and beer. Such sales had been banned outright in 1916. By September 2017, the LCBO was operating 651 liquor stores; the LCBO maintains a "quasi-monopoly" on alcoholic beverage sales in Ontario—Canada's most populous province with over 13 million people, or 40% of the nation's population—and as a result is one of the world's largest purchasers of alcoholic beverages. LCBO stores are the only retail outlets licensed to sell alcohol in Ontario, with a few notable exceptions: beer is sold by The Beer Store, a number of local wine and alcohol producers are licensed to sell their own brands outside the purview of LCBO stores. Many of these outlets are located at the breweries or distilleries themselves; the LCBO has authorized some supermarkets to sell cider and beer within their grocery aisles.
As of 9 December 2016, nearly 130 grocery stores had been licensed to do so. The LCBO is the chief supplier of alcoholic beverages to bars and restaurants in Ontario, which are required by law to purchase their alcoholic products through the LCBO, The Beer Store, or directly from Ontario wineries and breweries. Beverages sold at bars and restaurants must be consumed on the establishments' premises; the LCBO is the parent company of the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation, the only entity licensed to sell cannabis for recreational use in Ontario. This is no longer true as the Ontario Government under Premier Doug Ford has passed the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018; the LCBO was created in 1927 with the end of prohibition, introduced in the province in 1916. The Liquor Control Act authorized the LCBO to "control the sale and delivery" of alcoholic beverages in Ontario. Brewers Retail was created to sell beer in a controlled manner while wines and spirits were sold in LCBO outlets. Wineries and breweries were allowed to sell from their own stores, which were limited in number.
In the 1924 Ontario prohibition plebiscite Ontarians voted narrowly, by a margin of 51.5% to 48.5%, to retain the Ontario Temperance Act as opposed to the government-controlled sales of beverage alcohol. The Conservative government of Howard Ferguson contested the 1926 provincial election on a platform of easing the temperance law. On being re-elected, it introduced the Liquor Control Act as a compromise between the complete prohibition demanded by the temperance movement and the unregulated sale of alcohol. Premier Ferguson stated that the Liquor Control Act was "... to allow people to exercise a God-given freedom under reasonable restrictions". Ferguson was further quoted as saying the purpose of the LCBO was to "promote temperance sobriety, personal liberty and, above all, to restore respect for the law". To achieve these goals LCBO was mandated by Ferguson’s Government to employ an oversight mechanism in order to know "exactly, buying and how much, what disposition is being made of it".
The first chief commissioner of the LCBO was D. B. Hanna and the first 18 stores were opened on 1 June 1927, all designed with a clear glass store front to "make the process appear apparent and with a complete absence of mystery", according to an LCBO document. Only wine sales were legal but bootlegged liquor and beer were illegally sold; the business model was a process of "disinterested management". By the end of 1927, the province had three mail-order facilities. From 1927-1962 the LCBO required people, they had to present these permits at the point of purchase, the clerk at the liquor store would enter information about what the individual had purchased. Residents received individually-numbered liquor permits. A temporary permit was a single sheet form with 6 digit number with expiry dates; this was issued. It was provided to non-resident visitors. Between 1927 and 1957 these permits came in the form of passport sized books that consisted of two separate sections, the first which included the permit holder’s personal information and a second section which kept a record of the individual’s purchase history.
In 1957 Permit books were replaced with permit cards. These cards held the permit holder’s name and their permit number and were needed in order to purchase liquor at the LCBO; when an individual wanted to make a purchase at an LCBO store he or she had to fill in a purchase order form that included their name and permit number as well as the kind and volume of liquor that they wished to purchase. The purchase order form would be handed to an LCBO employee along with the individual’s liquor permit and he would "examine permit and see to what extent the purchaser has been buying liquor. If purchaser has exceeded a reasonable quantity per week, note permit number and address and refer to vendor." Under the Liquor Control Act the LCBO was to promote temperance through facili
Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. is an American specialty retailer of crafts and fabrics based in Hudson, Ohio. It operates the retail chains Crafts and Jo-Ann Etc.. The headquarters of the company is located in the former General Motors Terex plant. In 1943, German immigrants Hilda and Berthold Reich and their friends Sigmund and Mathilda Rohrbach opened a store selling imported cheese in Cleveland, Ohio; the store grew. They needed a diversity of items, however. Subsequently, by 1960, fabric was added to its lineup of items, which sold so well that they decided to open a second store, which just sold clothing. With no money for additional inventory, the two families divided their capital into two chains to supply both stores, they discontinued cheese sales altogether in 1967 and began operating under the name Cleveland Fabric Shop. After further expansion, in 1969, the name was changed to Jo-Ann Fabrics; the store's name was created by combining the names of the daughters from both families: Joan and Jacqueline Ann.
The Rohrbach family founded two other Cleveland-based businesses—Decorative Hardware Supply, Inc. and Factory Windows Direct, LLC, which still operates in Cleveland. In 1969, Jo-Ann Fabrics became a publicly held corporation traded on the American Stock Exchange under the name of Fabri-Centers of America, Inc. During the 1970s, Jo-Ann Fabrics opened stores in shopping malls. By the 1980s, they had left most mall strips and added a diversity of items, from crafts to floral types. In 1994, the company made its first acquisition with the purchase of Cloth World, a 342-store southern company. At the time of the acquisition, Fabri-Centers operated 655 stores. In 1998, Fabri-Centers acquired House of Fabrics, which had operated as Fabricland, Fabric King, So-Fro Fabrics; the company changed its name to Jo-Ann Stores Inc. and all of its stores were renamed Jo-Ann Fabrics. Today, Jo-Ann Fabrics is a national retailer of fabrics, crafting and sewing products. Many employees who wear long sleeves roll their sleeves up because of the art related elements of the store duties.
On December 23, 2010, Jo-Ann Stores announced plans to sell out to private equity firm Leonard Green for $1.6 billion. In September 2012, Jo-Ann Stores introduced Project Runway season six contestant Christopher Straub as the spokesperson for National Sewing Month; this endorsement included a contest, series of videos, in-store promotions. Some Jo-Ann stores offer classes for customers. Subjects taught include knitting, quilting, scrapbooking, jewelry-making, floral design, foodcrafting. Jo-Ann Stores are located in 49 states; the only state without a Jo-Ann Store is Hawaii, although Jo-Ann Stores online will still ship there. Jo-Ann Home Page Corporate Profile—Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. Investor Relations
PetSmart Inc. is an American retail chain operating in the United States and Puerto Rico, engaged in the sale of pet animal products and services such as dog grooming and dog training and dog boarding facilities, daycare. PetSmart offers a variety of small animals for sale and adoption, such as small birds, amphibians and several different pocket pets, like rats, guinea pigs, gerbils, many different species of hamster, mice. PetSmart opened for business on August 14, 1986 and opened its first two stores in August 1987 under the name PetFood Warehouse in the Phoenix area. In 1989, the name and logo changed from PetFood Warehouse to PetsMart. PetsMart continued to grow and in 1993 went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange listed under the symbol "PETM". In 1994, PetSmart formed PetSmart Charities Inc. a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending euthanasia and finding homes for homeless pets. Petsmart.com made its debut in July 1995. In early 2000, PetSmart remodeled most of its stores in a plan they called "Eagle," which changed many stores from a front-half storefront/back-half warehouse feel to an all-over standard retail market.
In August 2005, the company announced. This move, which stressed "Smart" over "Mart," was designed to announce its evolution from a pet supply store to a solutions-oriented company; as of September 2016, PetSmart operated 1,477 stores and various locations with PetSmart's PetsHotels, Doggie Day Camps. Certain locations share space with their corporate partner, Banfield Pet Hospital. September 2014 and June 2015 - RIF and a few smaller department RIFs ongoing. In December 2014, PetSmart was acquired by BC Partners for $8.7 billion. PetSmart acquired Chewy in 2017 for $3.35 billion. At the time it was the largest acquisition for a US e-commerce company. In May 2018, PetSmart named J. K. Symancyk the new CEO. In 2018 it became a standalone company. PetSmart owns several brands that produce a variety of products including Grreat Choice, a line of dog food as well as dog and cat hard goods. Authority is a premium dog and cat food line that PetSmart distributes and Simply Nourish is a super-premium dog and cat food line offering canned and dry food, limited ingredient, grain-free formulas.
PetSmart acquired the all-natural and eco-friendly brand,'Only Natural Pet' for an undisclosed amount in 2017, which offers consumers a more nutritionally friendly approach to feeding your pets holistically and naturally.'"Top Paw is a private label used for dog hard goods. PetSmart owns several brands which produce products for felines including Authority cat food, considered a premium food. Additionally Grreat Choice, Simply Nourish, is comparable to top level brands such as Wellness and Blue Buffalo. Available are lines of cat litter and litter-related products. Toy Shoppe and Whisker City which produces furniture. PetSmart sells fish tanks and aquarium decorations and accessories under the Top Fin name. Bird and small pet products are created under the All Living Things label, includes most items necessary for bird and small animal husbandry. In January 2008, PetSmart temporarily suspended sales of birds in all U. S. stores as a precautionary measure after random testing found a small percentage of cockatiels that tested positive for psittacosis, a common infection in birds that may produce cold-like symptoms.
PetSmart resumed selling live birds again in April 2008 after comprehensive treatment. Certain PetSmart stores included a State Line Tack section, it provided a wide selection of saddles, bridles, saddle pads, etc. State Line Tack sold feed and other equipment for the care of horses. In 2007, PetSmart put State Line Tack, including all catalog and internet business, up for sale and removed all State Line Tack merchandise from stores. State Line Tack was purchased by Horse.com, one of many websites owned by Pets United. The original PetsHotel was operated by David Mackstellar and Rodger Ford in Arizona. PetSmart purchased PetsHotel from Mackstellar and Ford in 2000 and presently, PetSmart continues to create and operate PetsHotels within their locations throughout the US and Canada. There are a lot a hotels located in more than 70 PetSmart stores in 24 states. PetSmart has helped stray pets find homes with families. Rather than selling dogs, cats and other larger animals in the store, PetSmart donates space to local rescue groups.
Rescue groups are provided with donations of food and other supplies. Fees from adoptions are collected by the groups themselves. With each adoption, PetSmart gives the new guardians a book which provides basic care information for their new pet; as of September 22, 2016, over 7,000,000 pets have been adopted through Petsmart adoption centers. Biannually, PetSmart hosts an adoption weekend featuring more adoptable pets than at any other time of the year; the majority of PetSmart stores consist of a cat adoption center. PetSmart Charities, a nonprofit 501 organization raises money for local adoption groups, including groups for which it does not offer in-store space. In many stores, donations are collected at the register via traditional drop boxes; some stores ask customers if they wish to donate a dollar at the register when they use a credit or debit card. PetSmart charities has an annual donation drive. Proceeds from Petsmart Charities events are given to over 3,400 adoption partners. PetSmart Charities claims that of the six to eight million pets collected by rescue agencies, three to four million are euthanized because they do not
Cineplex Inc. is a Canadian entertainment company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. Through its operating subsidiary Cineplex Entertainment LP, Cineplex operates 162 theatres across Canada; the company operates theatres under numerous brands, including Cineplex Cinemas, Cineplex Odeon, SilverCity, Galaxy Cinemas, Cinema City, Famous Players, Scotiabank Theatres and Cineplex VIP Cinemas. Cineplex owns and operates multiple brands for entertainment and restaurants, it is a joint partner in the Scene loyalty program with Scotiabank. Cineplex stakes a partial claim to the history of the Famous Players Film Company, founded in 1912, as its earliest predecessor, though that company did not have any operations in Canada until 1920, when it bought Nathan Nathanson's Paramount Theatre chain, which Nathanson had established four years earlier. Nathanson, along with being the 5th richest person in the world, became the first president of the resulting entity, Famous Player Canadian Corporation. In 1923, Famous Players bought out rival Allen Theatres.
In 1979, Garth Drabinsky and Nat Taylor opened its first "Cineplex" theatre complex, Toronto Eaton Centre. Galaxy Entertainment Inc. was established in 1999 by Ellis Jacob, a former Chief Operating Officer of Loews Cineplex Entertainment, Stephen Brown, a former Cineplex Chief Financial Officer. With investments from Onex Corporation and Famous Players, the new company focused on smaller markets that were served by smaller theatres and old equipment, opening large, major chain-style locations under the Galaxy Cinemas banner. In October 2003, Loews Cineplex Entertainment underwent bankruptcy in 2001 due to the economic recession of the early 2000s, consolidated its Canadian operations with Galaxy Cinemas, forming Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund. Jacob became the chief executive of Cineplex Galaxy Cinemas and Brown became the CFO. On June 13, 2005, Cineplex Galaxy announced its acquisition of Famous Players from Viacom for $500 million; this deal was completed on July 22, 2005. To satisfy antitrust concerns, on August 22, 2005 the group announced the sale of 27 locations in Ontario and western Canada to Empire Theatres.
Eight days after Cineplex Galaxy announced its purchase of Famous Players Theatres, Loews Cineplex Theatres and AMC Theatres announced a merger. While AMC Theatres operated in Canada and was ranked third behind Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund and the enlarged Empire Theatres, Cineplex Odeon and AMC Theatres remained competitors. In 2012, AMC sold 4 of its theatres to Cineplex Entertainment, in an effort to divest their Canadian operations and focus on their U. S. assets. Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund, the owners of the chain, renamed Cineplex Galaxy LP to Cineplex Entertainment on October 3, 2005. In 2011, Cineplex Galaxy became Cineplex Inc. Cineplex Entertainment announced on March 31, 2006 that it had sold seven more theatres in Quebec to Chelsea-based Fortune Cinemas Inc. On June 29, 2007, Cineplex Entertainment announced its purchase of three Cinema City theatres in western Canada. Two theatres in Winnipeg and one in Edmonton were acquired. With the bankruptcy of Fortune Cinemas, Cineplex Entertainment acquired some of Fortune Cinemas theatres.
The Starcité Gatineau and the Cavendish theaters were reopened as Cineplex Entertainment theatres. In July 2012, Cineplex Entertainment purchased four of AMC's Canadian theaters, including the Yonge Dundas 24 at 10 Dundas East, adjacent to the Toronto Eaton Centre, the Forum in Montreal; the purchase of the Yonge Dundas 24, presently Canada's largest multiplex cinema, brought Cineplex Entertainment full circle, as the original Cineplex at Eaton Centre was the namesake for the present company. The company earlier acquired the Tinseltown Movies 12 theatre from another American chain, Cinemark, in the Gastown neighbourhood of Vancouver. In December 2012, Cineplex Entertainment opened its first VIP cinema outside Ontario, the first Cineplex built from the start as a VIP cinema was in Edmonton, Alberta, in the SW neighborhood of Windermere in the Windermere, it was the first Cineplex to be 18+ VIP. Cineplex reopened a theater in Coquitlam, B. C, renovated to host 19+ VIP, shortly after. On June 27, 2013, Empire Company announced that it would sell or close its Empire Theatres chain to focus on its retail and real estate operations.
To that end, Empire Theatres sold or closed all of its theatres. Cineplex Entertainment announced the purchase of 24 Empire Theatres locations in Atlantic Canada that same day; the sale included 2 IMAX screens in Halifax, NS and St. John's, NL. and 2 Empire Extra screens in Dartmouth, NS and Dieppe, NB. The acquired Empire Extra screens were rebranded as UltraAVX. Cineplex Entertainment received Competition Bureau Approval to buy 24 Empire Theatres in Atlantic Canada for C$194 million on October 10, 2013; the Empire Theatres in Atlantic Canada closed on October 22, 2013 after the evening shows and the sale was completed on October 24, 2013. On October 24 & 25, 2013, the theatres reopened as Cineplex Cinemas. Following the sale of Empire Theatres operations to Cineplex and Landmark Cinemas, Cineplex became the only significant chain in Atlantic Canada, a role held by Empire only. At first, the Empire Kanata and Whitby Theatres were to be sold to Cineplex, but were sold to La