Frequently Asked Questions

Does the cinema have all the amenities of a "regular" theatre?


The Cinema has a large auditorium, a modern Dolby Digital surround sound system, and a big Cinema screen.

The Cinema sells snacks (pop, coffee, hot chocolate, chips, popcorn and chocolate bars) starting at $1.50 each.

What did the Trillium Foundation help pay for?

The cinema purchased new state-of-the-art Digital 3-D projection equipment with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. For more information on the foundation visit

When are you open?

The Cinema is open from mid-September until the beginning of May, excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter weekends. Shows are every Saturday at 2:00pm. plus selected, (usually at least twice per month), Friday evenings at 7:00pm.

Box office, memberships, and advance tickets office opens Saturdays at 1:15pm and Fridays at 6:15pm.

What are your admission prices?

Admission for regular* shows is as follows:

Member in advance: $4.00
Member on day of show: $6.00
Non-member in advance: $6.00
Non-member on day of show: $8.00

For 3D shows, prices are $2.00 extra. Child/Adult prices are the same.

*Admission for special shows will vary. Check the information for the specific show for full details.

Are there special rates for groups?

There are special rates for birthday parties (10 or more) and groups (20 or more). Group and Party rates may not be available for all shows. Call the cinema at 613-722-8218 or send an e-mail to for details.

What is a membership for?

A regular family Membership gives you a discount on movies, discounts on Birthday parties and free admission to some shows. PLEASE NOTE: Our monthly "Trial" membership are not valid for Birthday Parties.

More information is available on our memberships page.

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept a variety of payment types:

Online order: Visa, Mastercard, Visa Debit
Phone order: Visa, Mastercard, Visa Debit
Mail order: Cheque. We do not recommend sending cash in the mail.
In person: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Visa Debit, debit or Cheque


  • Make cheques payable to OTTAWA FAMILY CINEMA. A service charge of $15.00 will be made for each cheque returned to the Cinema as non-negotiable for any reason.
  • The cinema does not accept $100 bills or higher.

Any restrictions on children that can attend?

For the purposes of admission prices, children are 13 years old and under. Babies under 12 months are admitted free to Saturday afternoon shows.

Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. For movies rated 14A, children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Children under 5 are not usually admitted to Friday evening shows.

What is so special about the cinema?

The cinema is a non-profit registered charity, all proceeds beyond operating costs are given back to the community. In addition to a feature film there are door-prizes, previews, and a cartoon with free gifts for children at selected shows.

The Cinema also has three movie parties per season. One at Hallowe'en, one at Christmas, and one in the spring for our birthday. This means extra fun for everyone... Hallowe'en costume contest, Santa Claus, birthday cake, the Movie Game Show, Sing-a-longs, free gifts, and much, much more are all part of the fun.

What is the seating capacity of the theater?

The theatre holds approximately 500 people.

So how do you keep your prices so low?

All Cinema staff are volunteers.

The Cinema is a not-for-profit organization. This means all money raised through ticket and concession sales are returned to the community to schools, churches and other charities through the Family Movie Trust Fund or used for direct use in the Cinema in operating and equipment upgrades, door-prizes, give-aways etc. All cinema staff and management are volunteers.

For some shows, all the proceeds are donated to a particular charity such as CHEO or the Red Cross.

Is the Cinema wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the Cinema is wheelchair accessible.

Do you take movie requests?

We do take requests for movies however it is not always possible to fill the requests depending on many factors including availability, costs etc. In the case of most films when the movie becomes available on video it is difficult to get folks out of their homes to see it in the cinema.

We would need approximately 120 people in order to cover the costs of one showing.

Do you have facilities for private screenings?

Unfortunately, we do not hold private screenings at the cinema. You could try the Mayfair theatre on Bank Street in Ottawa for this. However, feel free to contact us if you have a proposal in mind or would like to raise funds for a charitable or non-profit group. We would be happy to help out if possible.

How can I be notified of upcoming shows?

There are several ways to get information about upcoming shows:

How do I purchase tickets in advance?

Tickets can be purchased in advance at any time for any movie listed on the website showing ticket availability.

Advance tickets may be purchased before the day of the show in 3 ways:

  1. On our web site. Login to your account, choose the tickets and pay. Pick the tickets up at the cinema by showtime on the day of the show. A $1.00 service charge will be added to your ticket order. Further details are listed on the online order page.

  2. At the theatre on the Fridays and Saturdays that we are operating (selected Fridays 6:15pm to 9:30pm and every Saturday 1:15pm to 4:30pm). Check our show times.

  3. By mail to the cinema's office mailing address at:

    Ottawa Family Cinema Office
    120 Anna Avenue
    Ottawa, ON
    K1Z 7T6
    There is no personal service at the office, mail orders only.

  • The availability of advance tickets is limited in some cases. Get your tickets early to avoid being disappointed.
  • Some shows are restricted to members-only. Be sure to get a membership to be able to get tickets for these shows, and save money on most ticket purchases at the same time.
  • Tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable, and may only be used for the show specified on the ticket.
  • Advance ticket sales stop at least 4 hours before show time. For popular shows, on-line sales may be suspended prior to that.
  • For more information call 613-722-8218 or send an e-mail to

Birthdays: Do you have facilities for use before or after the movie?

Yes. We have a High School Gym (set up with tables) available before the movie. Please see our Celebrating a Birthday page.

Birthdays: How do I get my child called up on stage?

This is free if you have booked the Birthday Party at the cinema. The Birthday child will be called up on stage and presented with a gift and a birthday card.

Volunteers: How old do you need to be before you can volunteer?

You must be at least 14 years of age to volunteer. Volunteering does count towards the 40 hours of volunteer time required for high-school graduation. To register as a volunteer, please fill in the online form. The volunteer coordinator will be in touch.

Volunteers: What sort of volunteers do you need?

We need volunteers for the many aspects of setting up and running our shows. This includes:

  • Ushering
  • Backstage and projection
  • Ticket sales
  • Snack Bar sales and costumer service
  • Setup and take down
  • Help with Birthday Parties
  • Greeting the public etc.

No experience is required. Training will be provided.

We ask that volunteers commit to attending at least 2 shows per month. Both student and mature volunteers are most welcome.