Empire Theatres to close Rideau Centre location, reopen at Lansdowne

There will soon be a vacancy at one of Ottawa’s largest shopping centres as Empire Theatres announced Monday it will be leaving its space at the Rideau Centre before the end of March. 

Rideau Centre officials declined to say what plans they have for the space once the theatre’s lease is up at the end of the month.

“We’re exploring our options and can’t really give you any sense of what direction we’re going in,” said Cindy VanBuskirk, the shopping centre’s general manager, in an interview.

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The theatre will shut its doors at “the close of business” on March 21, wrote Kelly O’Brien, spokeswoman for Empire in an e-mail.

Empire will open another location at the newly redeveloped Lansdowne Park in late summer or early fall of 2014, she wrote.

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