|Former names||Imperial 8 Cinema|
55 Dunlop Street West|
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
|Public transit||5A, 5B, 8B|
Barrie Uptown Theater (formerly Imperial 8 Cinema) is a movie theatre in downtown Barrie, Ontario, Canada. The cinema was built in 1937, and is home to the Barrie Film Festival. The building has 8 screens, though currently movies are only shown on 5.
The cinema was part of the now defunct Stinson Theatres chain. In February 2009, the Imperial 8 closed completely for several months. Citing structural problems, but also lack of parking, and declining ticket sales. It was later purchased by local businessman Mark Porter and reopened on November 27, 2009 under the rebranded 'Barrie Uptown Theatre', including a licensed bar and reclining seats. In December 2014, Porter announced his intention to sell the building to developers.
- Myers, Bryan (16 January 2018). "Barrie Film Festival bringing Reel Stories to big screen". Simcoe.com. Barrie, ON: Barrie Advance. Archived from the original on 9 February 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
- Burton, Bob (6 February 2009). "Imperial Cinema 8 closing its doors after long run in city's downtown". The Barrie Examiner. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
- "CITY COUNCIL UPDATE, 2009" (PDF).
- Burton, Bob (2 December 2014). "Barrie businessman says he's trying to stimulate interest in downtown". The Barrie Examiner. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.