Former Cineplex Odeon duo found guilty

posted by Al Alvarez on March 30, 2009 at 7:44 am

Original Cineplex Odeon executives Garth Drabinsky and Myron Gottlieb were found guilty in court this past week.

Former Broadway producers Garth Drabinsky and Myron Gottlieb, founders of the once-thriving theater company Livent, were both found guilty of two counts of fraud and one count of forgery in a Toronto courtroom on Wednesday.

It marked a decidedly downbeat final curtain for the flamboyant showman Drabinsky, who, at his height, dazzled Broadway with free-spending ways the likes of which hadn’t been seen since Florenz Ziegfeld.

Read more in Variety.

Comments (6)

markp
markp on March 30, 2009 at 9:15 am

Its sad how money seems to ruin people. They have a good thing and somehow greed takes over. Amazing.

telliott
telliott on March 30, 2009 at 10:35 am

The best thing they did for Toronto…the glorious Pantages theatre (now known as the Canon). It’s an absolute gem.

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on March 30, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Tim, I agree with you. Without Drabinsky, the wonderful Pantages (Canon) would now be nothing but a memory instead of a vibrant part of the city’s culture.

telliott
telliott on March 30, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Exactly Jon…too bad someone couldn’t have saved the old Uptown the same way. Then we could have had the Elgin/Winter Garden, Canon and Uptown all on Yonge St and all showing travelling shows! By the way have NEVER liked the name Canon Theatre…still always call it the Pantages. I would have preferred the Canon-Pantages like the Cadillac Palace in Chicago.

vic1964
vic1964 on April 1, 2009 at 5:38 pm

He also did more than his fair share of demolishing many fine single screen palaces to make way for those Cineplex Odeon plexes.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on April 18, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Garth kept more single screens than any other company in the country….He almost never converted them to multi-plex theaters……..

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