We are located at 325 Rideau Street, between King Edward Avenue and Nelson Street. We have a big, flashy (and very old) marquee that you simply can't miss if coming down Rideau in either direction.
OC Transpo routes 12, 7, 14 and 18 pass right by our door, with stops less than a block away. Or just take any bus to the Rideau Centre and walk five blocks East.
If you have confidence in Professor Google, just enter your start point and their magical matrices will figure out how you can best get here. We think that sometimes Google might take you through more traffic than need be, so here are our recommendations, based on the direction you're coming from.
If you're coming from the west end of town, the best route is:
>> Queensway to Nicholas >> Nicholas north to Laurier
>> turn right on Laurier, continue 5 blocks to Friel
>> left onto Friel, continue to traffic light
>> turn left at lights; you're on Rideau! The ByTowne is a block and a half ahead.
If you're coming from the east or south, the best route is:
>> Montreal Rd. OR Riverside Drive & Vanier Parkway to Vanier Parkway at Montreal Rd.
>> continue west on Montreal Rd. over Cummings Bridge, where it becomes Rideau St.
>> Continue along Rideau, down a gentle hill. The ByTowne is just before King Edward on your right.
For easy parking, turn right onto Nelson just before the cinema and look for the entrance to Loblaws' parking garage.
If you're coming from Gatineau, the best route is:
>> over the Macdonald-Cartier bridge onto King Edward
>> turn left on King Edward and voila! the ByTowne is on your left
>> turn left at the first light (Nelson) to get to the Loblaws parking garage entrance.
The ByTowne doesn't have its own parking lot. After 6pm and on weekends, on-street parking is plentiful, however, especially along Besserer, Stewart, Daly, and Nelson.
For paid parking, you just can't beat the parking garage at the Loblaws store, half a block from us. The entrance is off Nelson St. about 100 metres north of Rideau. After 6 pm on weekdays, their flat rate is just $3.00, and for the same $3.00 flat rate you can park anytime on Saturday or Sunday. Loblaws is open 24 hours a day, so it's perfect no matter how late the movie lets out. The nice folks at Loblaws ask one favour, though: please park one level down if you're going to a ByTowne movie so that the prime spots stay free for grocery shoppers.
There are a few other parking lots in the neighbourhood too: the lot next to the Quality Hotel at King Edward and Rideau Street (SE corner), the Days Inn next door, and Spark Auto Repair a little farther north on Nelson Street.
The trickiest time to park is on weekdays for our 4 pm-ish matinees, when street parking in the neighbourhood is limited to 1 hour. Loblaws parking garage is still your best bet: it costs $2 per half hour (until 6 pm), which translates into about $8 for parking during most feature films – significantly cheaper than a parking ticket. And to save money, you can make some purchases at Loblaws before or after your movie and have your parking stub validated by the Loblaws cashier. This makes the first two hours of your stay free.