|Photos courtesy Ontario Place Corporation|
Editor’s Note: Cinesphere, in Toronto’s waterside Ontario Place park, became the world’s first permanent IMAX theater in 1971, when it took possession of the 1570 projector that had been used at Osaka, Japan’s Expo 70. In early 2011, as part of Ontario Place’s 40th anniversary, the theater was upgraded to IMAX 3D with a new projector and a Proslide Topsy-Turvy was added to the Soak City waterpark. In addition to Cinesphere and Soak City, Ontario Place is home to a number of other rides and attractions, all of which are included in the closure. — JK
Toronto, Ontario, Canada (February 1, 2012) — The following statement was issued by Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Chan:
“Today, we are taking a new step forward in the revitalization of Ontario Place to make it a ‘must visit’ destination and landmark for Ontario families and tourists from around the world. I’ve asked John Tory, Chair of CivicAction, to lead a panel that will advise the government on the redevelopment of the site.
“With the revitalization moving forward, we are also making the decision not to invest additional money into Ontario Place as it exists today. The waterpark, amusement rides and the Cinesphere will be closed. This will save the government from having to invest up to $20 million annually in operating and capital funding. The Molson Amphitheatre, Atlantis, marina and parking will remain open until construction begins.
“Ontario Place will be available for use for the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games and the rebuilding will be completed in time to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.”
COMMENTARY from Ian C. McLennan, Vancouver, B.C.
First full-time general director of Ontario Place, 1971 – 74
“A new Ontario Place is part of our government’s plan to grow tourism through investments that will stimulate Ontario’s economy, create jobs, and develop exciting new opportunities and experiences.”
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