We have kept a close eye on The Daniels Corporation’s Cinema Tower throughout its construction. Since the 43-storey, Kirkor Architects-designed tower topped off late last year, the building has come a long way both inside and out. When we last toured the project in April, the building’s interiors were still in a raw state and the elevators were being installed. In the time since, interior work has progressed steadily up the tower, and PDIs (pre-delivery inspections) have been conducted up the 13th floor and beyond. A few people are now living inside. 

Cinema Tower as it appeared in late July, image by Jack Landau

We were invited up the Cinema Tower this week to check out some of the project’s model suites; about 7% of the suites in the building are still available. The model suites are located on the 13th floor, which unlike most existing buildings in Toronto, is actually numbered as 13; there's no accommodation to superstition about numbers here.

The first unit is a brightly lit, 692 square foot, one bedroom unit. This west-facing suite features dark wood finishes and tile backsplashes in the kitchen, and a whole lot of sunlight. 

West facing one-bedroom unit at Cinema Tower, image by Jack Landau

Not all of the model suites at Cinema Tower are set up as fully staged units, some take a minimalist approach that focuses the viewer’s attention on the spaces themselves. A painting is all that's needed here to stimulate the viewer's imagination. 

Bedroom with west facing balcony, image by Jack Landau

The balcony can be an important part of condo living. The downtown equivalent of a back yard has almost become a must-have element in new condominiums, with very few residential projects being built without. The balcony here has one wall made up of one of the building's white stripes.

Looking north at the vertical fin element from a west-facing balcony, image by Jack Landau

To preserve the enjoyment of residents, balconies at Cinema Tower are divided with balcony privacy partitions. Below, one of the white stripes running up the length of the building, providing a very private balcony for the units seen to the left-centre.

Cinema Tower's upper floors and vertical fin element, image by Jack Landau

Here's how the interior of this unit looks, a one-bedroom + study with north and east exposures, measuring in at 683 square-feet. This suite features similar wood finishes and tile backsplashes like the previous unit, but with a "wide-shallow" open-concept layout.

Kitchen in the open concept one-bedroom + study, image by Jack Landau

The master bedroom features a unique clerestory and side-light window arrangement, prefect for aligning a bed within. Larger north-facing windows are reflected in the en-suite bathroom's mirror at right.

Master bedroom with narrow windows, image by Jack Landau

Finally, we checked out an 858 square-foot, two-bedroom suite with north and west exposures. Unlike the last two units, this one has been fully furnished, providing a more traditional staged unit layout for prospective buyers.

Staged living room at Cinema Tower, image by Jack Landau

Like the first unit we visited on the west side of the building, this suite was also warmly lit by the mid-afternoon sun, making for a very photogenic space. One of the building's orange stripes can be seen out the window.

Master bedroom with west facing balcony, image by Jack Landau

Walking through the west-facing master bedroom revealed a natural-light-drenched en-suite bathroom, an increasing rarity in a city where the vast majority of new builds often use exhaust fans in place of windows for bathrooms.

Sun filled master bathroom, image by Jack Landau

The kitchen elaborates on the theme of the two semi-furnished units we showed earlier in the article, with the addition of some neat lighting and a splash of green on the kitchen island.

Kitchen in staged unit, image by Jack Landau

The second bedroom in the suite faces the north balcony. It also features a frosted door, which when closed preserves modesty (blush, blush) yet allows natural light to penetrate into the suite's hallway. Nice touch!

Bedroom with north facing balcony and frosted door, image by Jack Landau

We have shown extensive views from the upper floors of Cinema Tower in previous articles, but stepping out on one of the building's completed balconies can also provide some unique views of the tower’s interesting shape.  This two-bedroom suite has views in nearly every direction thanks to its western and northern balconies, but the coolest of all has to be this one; where neighbouring project The Pinnacle on Adelaide acts as a backdrop to the concave curve of Cinema Tower’s north façade. Love the orange stripe!

Interesting view of curving balconies with The Pinnacle on Adelaide in the background, image by Jack Landau

With the upper floors and amenity spaces still coming together, we expect to return for a full tour of Daniels’ Cinema Tower in the coming weeks to provide a clearer picture of the project’s finishing touches. Until then, you can find additional information, including building facts and renderings, in our dataBase listing, posted below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or voice your opinion in the comments section provided below.

Related Companies:  City Life Realty Ltd., HOK, Jablonsky, Ast and Partners, Kirkor Architects Planners, Montana Steele, NAK Design Strategies, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, tcgpr (The Communications Group), The Daniels Corporation