Mayfair Theatre CIrca 2008


For a number of years this was the official website for the Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa's oldest active movie theatre, operating since 1932. It operates as an independent repertory cinema
Content is from the site's 2008 archived pages.

For the most up-to-date information for the Mayfair Theatre go to their current website found at:


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Mayfair  Theatre

1074 Bank Street, Ottawa (613) 730-3403


About the Mayfair


Mayfair Theatre is located in the quaint district of  Old Ottawa South, the theatre looks much the same as it did on December 5, 1932, when it first opened its doors.

Since it changed hand in 1984, many upgrades has been done to the candy bar, box office, seats, sound and projection equipment. It now has the latest digital sound system and surround speakers. The layout and decors in the auditorium retains its original charm.

The theatre specializes in Double Bills and provides the best value in town for movie viewing (see admission section for details). It puts out a calendar style flyer every 3-4 weeks for pick up at the theatre. For up-to-date movie information, please visit our website at, call our Movie Info Line at 613-730-3403 or check the Movieguide in the Ottawa Citizen and SUN.

It is available for rental for special or private functions and occasions.

With its elegant, classically designed interior, the Mayfair Theatre offers a unique movie going / meeting experience. The Mayfair is conveniently located just outside of the downtown core in the heart of Old Ottawa South.

Please come and visit us to experience the charms of an old neighborhood theatre and the service of our friendly staff.

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"When I first moved to Ottawa from Baltimore Maryland, this was the first entertainment my family discovered and enjoyed. The trip from the States was extremely stressful due to a scheduling disaster and some dangerous road conditions. The lesson we learned when researching moving companies was that doing the due diligence is everything. The first mover cause a huge delay in our trip because of a scheduling error. We finally found the best company in Baltimore and we now know that not all family owned and operated Baltimore movers are equal. The night we arrived it snowed. The following night, our new neighbor invited us to the theatre and my family was able to relax and enjoy a movie - the first of many to come. We became regulars and became friends with the managers. My family is one huge Batman fanbase, so we lobbied hard to get a Batman film on the marquee. My dad offered to promote the film, Batman Begins with a t shirt give-away for the first 25 movie goers to show up on opening night. He bought the shirts at our most favorite online shop for Batman apparel. Anyway we got to invite our new found friends to a Batman movie at our favorite venue and we all wore our best Batman t shirts and sat together. Was a fantastic evening we shall never forget. Long live the Mayfair!" JB Wilson


Movie Descriptions (A-G)

Apocalypto [Apr. 16, 19]

Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw (Youngblood), a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate. Starring Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernandez

Rated: 18A, Violence, Disturbing Content


Arthur and the Invisibles [Apr. 6-7]

Animation, Adventure, Family and Fantasy Ten-year-old Arthur, in a bid to save his grandfather's house from being demolished, goes looking for some much-fabled hidden treasure in the land of the Minimoys, a tiny people living in harmony with nature. Starring Freddie Highmore and Mia Farrow

Rated: G


Blood Diamond [Mar. 25-26, 30-31, Apr. 3]

Adventure, Drama and Thriller A farmer, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou

Rated: 14A, Not Recommended for Young Children, Violence, Disturbing Content, Coarse Language


Dreamgirls [Mar. 23-24, 29, Apr. 8-10]

Drama and musical Based on the Broadway musical, a trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960's. Starring Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy

Rated: PG, Mature Theme, Language May Offend


Movie Descriptions (D-K)

Darjeeling Limited, The [Feb. 27-28]

Adventure/comedy/drama Three American brothers who have not spoken to each other in a year set off on a train voyage across India with a plan to find themselves and bond with each other. Their "spiritual quest", however, veers rapidly off-course, and they eventually find themselves stranded alone in the middle of the desert and  a new, unplanned journey suddenly begins.

Rated: 14A, Not Recommended for Children, Coarse Language


Diving Bell and the Butterfly [Mar. 9-11]

Biography/Drama The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed. Starring Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner

Rated: PG, Not Recommended for Young Children, Mature Theme, Nudity


Electroma [Feb. 17-19]

Drama/sci-fi Follows the history of two robots, the members of Daft Punk, on their quest to become human. Starring Peter Hurteau, Michael Reich

Rated: 14A


Enchanted [Feb. 29, Mar. 1]

Animation/adventure/comedy/family/fantasy/romance A classic Disney fairytale collides with modern-day New York City in a story about a fairytale princess who is sent to our world by an evil queen. Soon after her arrival, Princess Giselle begins to change her views on life and love after meeting a handsome lawyer. Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world?  Starring Julie Andrews, Amy Adams

Rated: G


I Am Legend [Feb. 22-23]

Drama/horror/sci-fi/thriller Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure. Starring Will Smith, Alice Braga

Rated: 14A, Violence, Disturbing Content, Frightening Scenes


I’m Not There [Feb. 17-19]

Biograthy/drama/music Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work. Starring Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Richard Gere

Rated: 14A, Mature Theme, Nudity, Coarse Language


Kite Runner, The [Feb. 24-27, Mar. 7-8]

Drama After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble. Starring Shaun Toub, Khlalid Abdalla

Rated: 14A, Violence, Disturbing Content, Coarse Language

Movie Descriptions (L-S)


Lars and the Real Girl [Feb. 28-29, Mar. 4, 9-11]

Comedy/Drama A delusional young guy strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet. Starring Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer

Rated: PG, Mature Theme, Language May Offend


No Country for Old Men [Mar. 1-6, 16-17]

Crime/drama/thriller Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon some dead bodies, a stash of heroin and more than $2 million in cash near the Rio Grande. Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem

Rated: 14A, Violence, Disturbing Content


Persepolis [Mar. 21] ( French with English subtitles)

Animation/comedy/drama Poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution.

Rated: 14A, Mature Theme, Substance Abuse


Savages, The [Mar. 14-15, 18-19, 22]

Comedy/drama A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father. Starring Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Rated: 14A, Mature Theme, Coarse Language


Sleuth [Mar. 7-8]

Comedy/drama/mystery/thriller On his sprawling country estate, an aging writer matches wits with the struggling actor  who has stolen his wife's heart. Starring Michael Caine, Jude Law

Rated: 14A, Mature Theme, Coarse Language


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street [Mar. 2-3, 5-6]

Crime/drama/musical/thriller Based on the hit Broadway musical which tells the infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

Rated: 18A, Violence, Gory Scenes



Admission & Location


Non-members:  $ 9.00   

Members:          $ 6.00

Seniors (65+) & Youth (17-):  $ 6.00 (proof required)

Please note that to keep our costs down, we accept cash only   


Membership Package:   $18

•   Includes 3 admissions

•   One year free membership from date of purchase

•   Not transferable & must be signed


Admission & Theatre Policy subject to change without notice.


Mayfair Theatre / Cinema Location:

1074 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario

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