Former Cineplex Odeon duo found guilty
posted by Al Alvarez on March 30, 2009 at 9:44 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.
Its sad how money seems to ruin people. They have a good thing and somehow greed takes over. Amazing.
The best thing they did for Toronto…the glorious Pantages theatre (now known as the Canon). It’s an absolute gem.
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.
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.
He also did more than his fair share of demolishing many fine single screen palaces to make way for those Cineplex Odeon plexes.
Garth kept more single screens than any other company in the country….He almost never converted them to multi-plex theaters……..