Although the Mayfair does not have a designated parking lot, there are places at which you can park around the area. I suggest a side street and not park at one of the retail establishments as their parking is for patrons mostly. But I assure you that it is possible and that I do not believe that paymeter parking is required.
Allen and I chose this particular location for the wedding for several reasons: the history, the atmosphere, and our connection to the theatre.
As quoted on the website:
Built in 1932 in the depths of the Great Depression, the Mayfair Theatre is one of Ottawa’s last two neighborhood cinemas, and one of the oldest surviving independent movie houses in all of Canada. It has the distinction of never having been owned by, or affiliated with, any of the major cinema chains.
The Mayfair is notable for the fact that it contains a number of architectural features that make it unique in Ottawa, and possibly in Canada. It is one of the few surviving examples of an “atmospheric cinema”, built with a particular theme to enhance the movie-going experience and draw the movie-goer into the world of the imagination. The same architectural features that were incorporated into its interior design in 1932 – the detailing that suggests a Spanish-style villa – have been virtually untouched over these past seventy-six years.
When you visit, take a few moments to appreciate:
* the four faux-balconies draped with rich fabric to suggest the presence of “hidden” staircases and hallways behind the auditorium walls;
* the two larger balconies topped with clay-tile canopies evoking the roofs of a Mediterranean public plaza;
* the decoration, including medieval-style wrought-iron lamps, iron spears and ornate moulding; and
* Ottawa’s last remaining auditorium clock, in use since the building’s inception and left over from the days when parents would drop their kids off at the theatre for a day of movie-serials.
Please visit the Mayfair Theatre website for further details at mayfairtheatre.ca
AN IMPORTANT NOTE TO THE GUESTS about REFRESHMENTS and WEDDING DURATION:
The wedding begins at noon and after the ceremony and movie, will end around 5 or 6 o'clock in the evening. Although there will be no sit-down dinner there will be a variety of vegan treats to nibble on (both sweet and savory), popcorn at the concession stand and non-alcoholic beverages.
ARRIVAL OF GUESTS AT NOON TO THE MAYFAIR
We've been expecting you! Help yourself to refreshments. Take in the atmosphere and chat a bit with our great friends and family.
DOORS CLOSE AT 1PM
Due to the public nature of the venue, doors will close at 1 PM.
ARRIVAL OF THE CORPSE BRIDE AND CEREMONY
At approximately 1 PM the Corpse Bride and her wedding party will arrive for the ceremony.
The Concession Stand will open 30 minutes before the movie (approximately 3 PM after after-ceremony celebrations). Please help yourself to a treat and get ready for a spooktacular movie experience.
Although we are keeping the details to the movie underwraps, we will say that it is Hallowe'en themed and suitable for all audiences.