#FIRSTLOOK: CINEPLEX YONGE-EGLINTON VIP
By Justin Waldman for Mr. Will Wong
Last night, I was incredibly-lucky to experience a Holiday Classic at the new VIP Cinemas at Cineplex Yonge-Eglinton. First off, when I heard that Yonge-Eglinton was getting the VIP treatment, I was skeptical about screen size mostly because the theatre seemingly already used all the space it had…or so I thought. Thankfully, I was wrong and the spacious new VIP area actually is beyond stunning, located just across from the concession area and in a secluded VIP area for a nice night out with some friends or a significant other.
Most notably different about Yonge-Eglinton VIP unlike others of its kind in Greater Toronto is that there are two designated dining areas. The first area, right when you walk in is an ambient bar/lounge area with a comfortable seating area, a beautiful view of bustling Yonge-Eglinton and a dozen or so bar tables that seat four for a quick drink before the cinematic escape begins. Upon walking down the stairs towards the cinema, there is another eating area and this is for the guests who wish to have more than an appetizer or a drink and enjoy an actual meal before or after their Movie. The area is nice and secluded, which is perfect for a cozy date night.
Secondly, the theatre size is truly remarkable. Similar to Yonge-Dundas and Don Mills, the screens are a sized generously, similar to screens we’ve come to enjoy at other Cineplex locations. As well, the cushy seating heightens the experience just that much more. If you have ever experienced the VIP at Don Mills, Auditoriums 1 and 2 are the most comfortable due to the completely reclining theatre chairs. However, in Cinemas 3, 4 and 5, only the front two rows recline and sitting that close is not for everyone. Thankfully though, the new VIP at Yonge-Eglinton has fully-reclining chairs in all three auditoriums to bring the ultimate luxury and relaxation to the cinema viewing experience.
As well, the menu items and drink selections were quite delicious and had a vast variety of options. From Shrimp Cocktail to Pulled Pork Sandwiches to Poutine, offerings you’d want pre/post Movie was accessible… and flavourful. There is no better way to enjoy a Movie than in a comfortable, reclined seat, with popcorn in one hand and wine in another. Yonge-Eglinton VIP will be getting the most in-demand titles starting with Creed, Hunger Games and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, giving us a refined way to enjoy the season’s best.
Cineplex Yonge-Eglinton VIP opens to the public on Friday, December 11, 2015. More here.