Who are we

Who We Are

A Bit of History

Cinéma Aylmer opened its doors in December 1999. Surprisingly enough, this private business was created at the request of the then City of Aylmer, for a social purpose. The City’s objective was to provide a meeting and activity place for its young people, thus channelling all their energy in a positive manner. There was no other cinema kilometres around, and two entrepreneurs from Abitibi, Denis Bédard and Stéphane Labrie, rose to the challenge. They built the cinema at its present location and fitted it out with ultra high-quality equipment.

The opening of another cinema in Hull sector mitigated their success. In 2008, Fanny Robert is hired as general manager, and as the owner wanted to sell, she buys out the cinema with her husband Yannick Rancourt. They officially become the owners on January 1st, 2009. It’s also the time when digital hits the market and Fanny quickly converts one of the theatres that is ready in December 2009, including with 3D equipment. As a result, Cinéma Aylmer innovates with the presentation of the great success movie Avatar in 3D.

 

Today…

Cinéma Aylmer offers ultra modern theatres for a quality movie experience, including 3D films. Even buying tickets is electronic and available online. But it’s much more than just movies. Cinéma Aylmer is several live performance theatres, a conference centre, a private reception room and a cinema that goes to your place, home or business. It’s one of the few places in our region where you can see repertoire cinema in French or with French sub-titles. They listen carefully to their patrons’ expectations: they feature movies in their original version and first-window films.

The owners live in Aylmer with their young family and are engaged in their community. Fanny, who manages the cinema, is quite active in business organizations. She is a member of APICA, Chambre de commerce de Gatineau, Centre des jeunes dirigeants d’entreprise (CJD Québec) and was named Business Woman of the Year with Réfap in 2010. For his part, Yannick is a member of APCQ (Association des propriétaires de cinémas du Québec) and a board member of FICMO (Festival international du court métrage en Outaouais).

In 2012, Cinéma Aylmer was awarded two prizes by APICA: Best Business in the Service Sector and Best Business of the Year. In 2013, the Cinéma was a finalist for the Chambre de commerce de Gatineau award in the Investment category.

Cinéma Aylmer’s involvement in the community is equally impressive. Fanny and Yannick contributed financially and logistically to the launch of a rugby team at Grande-Rivière School. The objective of this team creation is to help stopping boys from dropping out of school. The Cinéma is a major partner of Trait d’Union Outaouais, an organization focused on fostering the integration of autistic individuals and in supporting their family, through the Festival du film en autisme de l’Outaouais. The Cinéma hosts the festival and sponsors vignettes on its screens to advertise the festival and inform their movie amateur public about the condition.

Cinéma Aylmer manages to combine community service and business by working closely with Centre alimentaire Aylmer and distributing free passes to the Centre’s users, giving them access to cultural activities. Les Bons Voisins, a caterer at the Centre is a supplier of Cinéma Aylmer. A good way to support them financially, while helping people to get back in the workforce. The Cinéma tries to buy locally, as much as possible. There is nothing better than buying from your neighbours to create a tight-knit and healthy community…