Old school cinema reopens in Mississauga

By Steve Pecar

Published on March 23, 2022 at 17.56

A Mississauga movie theater that closed nearly a year ago is returning.

Central Parkway Cinemas is ready to reopen, possibly this week, but with a new format aimed at a South Asian audience.

The theater is being upgraded with state-of-the-art equipment to enhance both sound and images, and the lobby is also getting a fresh new look.

Movies that will be shown include Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil.

Mississauga Theater

It was not until July last year that the cinemas – then called Cine Stars – closed after 13 years as an independent operation showing mainstream films weeks after they opened in major theaters.

Originally, the Central Parkway Mall opened the four-screen location as an independent operation in 1980 in what was essentially the mall’s basement. The first movies shown were Tim Drum, The Black Stallion, Airplane!and Stardust memories.

By the mid-80s, it had been taken over by the Cineplex Odeon in what was then a crowded Mississauga movie market before closing its doors for the first time.

In 1990 it was reopened again and has been run by several different companies since then.

Previously, the Central Parkway Mall site had been in operation since 1980, when the Cineplex Odeon opened four displays in what was essential in the basement of the mall.

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