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Discount theatre a hidden gem in North End

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This past year The Oscars’ theme was, "What do the movies mean to you?" Different celebrities discussed what their favourite movie moments were and why they enjoyed the movies. In short, the movies help make your dreams, and sometimes even your nightmares, come alive. The impossible can be made possible on the screen, which is why everyone enjoys a good movie.


However, going to the movies has become quite expensive and it’s one of the reasons why some people don’t like going to theatre anymore.


The North End is home to the last Cinema City discount theatre in Winnipeg. This means that instead of paying $10.25 for a movie, you can pay a mere $3.25 to catch a flick.


It gets better, though. The theatre underwent a major upgrade this past August. Cinema City upgraded its  theatres by adding full digital screens and now has three 3-D screens. The digital enhancement is to attract moviegoers who don’t enjoy the zoo-like atmosphere that other theatres sometimes offer. You also have to pay only $3.25 (unless you want to see a 3-D movie which is an extra three dollars). Not too bad.


Now that school is back in session and the cooler weather has arrived, heading to Northgate’s Cinema City is one of the best thing one could do on a chilly fall evening. You still manage to get out with a friend, loved one or family member without the hustle and bustle of bigger theatres for less than $10 per person.


The digital renovations aren’t the only changes the theatre has undergone. Work on a new box office has begun. The theatre’s owners will be replacing the old box office with a counter-like box office that is more modern and makes your movie experience much more personalized.


The theatre is one of North End’s hidden gems and shouldn’t be overlooked. Heading to the movies has been a tradition for people for at least a hundred years and Cinema City makes it affordable to go to the movies. Plus, its hours of operation are quite suitable for people who want to see a movie and then go somewhere else afterwards.


If you need a break from your busy life, check out Northgate Cinema City. You’ll be glad you did.


Christina Hryniuk is a West Kildonan-based writer.


Neighbourhood Forum is a readers’ column. If you live in The Times area and would like to contribute to this column, contact jim.timlick@canstarnews.com.

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