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Upgrades to Cineplex Cinemas North Edmonton and VIP are Perfect for Patrons

Dec 03, 2018

We proudly announce that NGC’s team has completed a luxury renovation at the existing 13 screen Cineplex Cinemas in the growing North Edmonton area. The theatre complex was revamped and rebranded as Cineplex Cinemas North Edmonton and VIP as part of the upgrades.

Our client, Cineplex Entertainment – Canada’s largest and most innovative film exhibitor, welcoming over 70 million guests annually through its circuit of 164 theatres across the country – entrusted the NGC team to expertly build the:

  • VIP Bar and Lounge;
  • Public Washrooms;
  • VIP Washrooms;
  • Party Room; and,
  • VIP Recliners.

With the trend toward a more refined movie experience, NGC is showing their chops as a full service provider of cinema construction solutions.

Tony Chiappetta, NGC’s Project Manager, describes the way the team “went the extra mile” in constructing many aspects of the project. The existing cement platforms/bleachers supporting the original seats, for example, needed to be removed completely and new cement flooring poured throughout for the new VIP Lounge and Back of House and involved a bevy of cement trucks lined around the block.

“The dedication to get the tonnage of rebar and concrete out of that building was spectacular. The effort to make it work was above and beyond, there is way more to it than meets the eye,” Senior Site Superintendent Keith Shepherd says, “the outcome – from where we started to where it came out at – is stunning by everyone’s account.”

The job entailed detailed co-ordination to make the entire project ‘a work of art’. “Just look at the herringbone design in the floor tiles in the VIP washrooms” says Tony, adding “not only that, the team did a great job of solving the many challenges of supporting a visually free-standing trough sink as a one piece unit. We had to make these units slide into place in a finished walled/tiled washroom with minor damage on a time crunch! You can actually sweep under it, it looks amazing!”

That isn’t the only bit of steel work the team is proud of. Tasked with building a hanging mirrored set of LCD TV screens in the centre of the VIP Lounge above the bar, the NGC crew brought in two pieces of red steel and welded them together onsite - a feat in itself.

“Bringing the design to life, going the extra mile, and helping solve challenges along the way is what our team does,” says Marietta Velarde, NGC Project Coordinator for the project, “and our client is very happy with the results, and so are we.”

In the official Cineplex press release announcing the opening of their second VIP location in Edmonton, Ellis Jacob, President & CEO of Cineplex Entertainment, is quoted as saying “Cineplex Cinemas North Edmonton and VIP is the perfect place for guests of all ages to enjoy a night out with friends, and for adults to unwind in a unique and luxurious setting designed just for them.”

VIP Cinemas is a movie-going experience designed for adults-only where patrons can expect to relax, enjoy and have their food and drink orders delivered right to their luxury recliners.

“We are seeing this trend towards luxurious movie-going experiences, Cineplex here in Canada has been ahead of the trend all along” says NGC CEO Alfredo Hermano. “We have such a sense of pride in seeing the finished result here.”

To learn more about the project and view photos our work, check out: Edmonton's Second Ever VIP Cinema

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NGC Constructors, serving North America since 2003, provides cinema construction solutions to theaters in both Canada and the US.

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