May 31, 2006
TORONTO, CANADA — On June 30, 2006, Toronto’s Festival Cinemas are closing for good. News broke two weeks ago that the Kingsway, Revue and Royal Cinemas were ceasing operation. I just got word this morning that the Paradise and Fox Cinemas are also closing, unable to go on without the other three in the chain.
The Festival Cinemas were Toronto’s largest repertory cinema group and ran for nearly 30 years in old movie houses across the city no longer in use by the major chains. The Revue dates from 1911, the Fox from a few years later. The Kingsway, Royal and Paradise were all built in the 30’s the height of art deco cinemas.
I’ve been a member since July 1984 and this comes as a huge blow to me. At times I got to over 70 screenings in a year — mostly at the Festival Cinemas.
Naturally the area business communities will take a hit as the patrons who came from all over the city will not be venturing out to those neighbourhoods on a regular basis, browsing through their stores. And the biggest worry is will someone come in a tear them all down?
During the 30 years of the Festival chain’s life, some cinemas have come and gone. The heyday came about six years ago when there were 8 in the chain including the Music Hall (now restored as a live performance venue), the Capitol (gutted to become an event-hosting venue) and the Bloor (which broke from the chain six or so years ago). Other past members included the Brighton and the Roxy.
With the closure that leaves the Bloor, the Mount Pleasant and the Regent as Toronto’s remaining small cinemas.
If anyone has any ideas on how we Torontonians can save at least one or two of them, please let me know!!!
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May 2, 2006
MONON, IN — Does any one know why the Monon Theatre is closed?
I’ve gone to this great historical one screen theatre since the 60’s and cannot understand why it closed it’s doors. There are still renters in the building and the marquee is in great shape.
Why has this indiana treasure been taken from us.
Does anyone know the owners, would they be willing to sell?
Please contact me at .
April 10, 2006
CHICAGO, IL — The Village Art is rumored to be closing soon.
A “For Rent Summer 2006” sign has gone up over the marquee. I have heard nothing about why this theater is closing — it is a very popular place. Perhaps they’ve lost their lease or (more likely) someone wants to build condos on the site.
The chain for the Village Art should be listed as ‘Village Theatres’ and the website is www.villagetheatres.com and any information on this theater closing is appreciated.
January 17, 2006
WILLOW STREET, PA — Galaxy Theatres has been operating the Kendig Square 6 since Dec. 2002. Citing continuing and mounting losses, the operators closed the theatres on Jan. 2, 2006. The shopping center management allowed them to get out of the remaining two years of their lease.
The theatres initially opened in 1992 and had numerous operators until Galaxy. At one time, it was even operated as a $1.00 admission reruns. Galaxy Theatres is based in New Jersey and operates other theatres in Pa, NY, NJ, and Mass. The shopping center owners have not announced what will happen to the theatres.
October 5, 2005
MONTREAL, QUEBEC — I walked by Eaton Centre Cnemas 6 in downtown Montreal and found a sign “FERME PARAMOUNT OU PARISIAN” on the windows. This Famous Players theatre opened in December 1990. In 1999, this cinema was demoted as a “move-over” house for the Paramount.
It was sold to Cineplex Entertainment in June 2005 and the last day of business for this cinema was September 29, 2005.