The lights will come on again!


The ByTowne is now closed. But there's good news!

After the pandemic has been brought under control,
new management will take over the space and the ByTowne will re-open.

It may take a while for pandemic restrictions to be eased enough
that a feasible number of patrons can be allowed to watch a movie again,
but the new owners are working towards that day.

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When you visit the ByTowne, there are paid parking lots you can use, and there are some opportunities for free street parking. See the map for some of your choices.

parking mapFree Parking

If you've arrived in good time, try for free street parking! After 6 pm, metered spots on Rideau are free (Sundays, too). And there’s lots of on-street parking on Besserer and Nelson.

Admittedly, there are NOT a lot of free options when you're attending a movie on a weekday afternoon (i.e. before 6 pm). Rideau Street curb lanes are for buses at that hour, and most neighbourhood street parking is limited to one hour. You can take your chances with the authorities, or you could consider some of the reasonable options to....

Pay For Parking

Try any of the lots marked on the map. Our favourite is the covered parking garage at Loblaws, which is accessed from Nelson St., less than a block north of Rideau. It's well lit, clean and safe, and the prices are reasonable.

The flat rate at Loblaw's garage is just $4 after 6:00 pm, and all day Saturdays and Sundays. But note that you'll be 'on the clock' if you attend a weekday afternoon movie, and the price per hour can add up. There's a terrific workaround for that, though. If you shop at Loblaw's before or after the movie, the first two hours of your parking are FREE. For most films of ordinary length, that means you'll spend only about an hour or so at the hourly rate  and you'll get some of your weekly shopping done, too!

Note that this is publicly available parking offered by Loblaw's, and we have no formal relationship with them. They have a few rules about parking for those who plan to stay more than an hour, and have asked us to pass them along. Please read this .pdf if you plan to park there. 

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