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CSWalczak commented about Classic Theatre on Jul 9, 2008 at 9:10 pm

Various Toronto online directories indicate that there is a cafe/performance space or a hair salon at this address.

CSWalczak commented about Classic Theatre on Jul 9, 2008 at 9:02 pm

No, it is the a theatre by the same name in Owen Sound, many miles to the north near the base of the Bruce Penninsula.

CSWalczak commented about Avalon Theatre on Jul 9, 2008 at 8:53 pm

This theatre apparently opened in 1937 and closed in 1955. The seat count cited above may be too low; one source I found says it was 944.

CSWalczak commented about Pickford Theatre on Jul 9, 2008 at 8:38 pm

Apparently this theatre had one final name change – to the Variety – in 1945. Status should be changed to “Demolished” as a McDonald’s restaurant occupies the site.

CSWalczak commented about Odeon Theatre on Jul 9, 2008 at 8:24 pm

This theatre appears to have also been known as the Queen.

CSWalczak commented about Hollywood Theater on Jul 9, 2008 at 8:05 pm

Additional information and recent pictures of the bulding that housed the theater can be found here:
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CSWalczak commented about Joy Theatre on Jul 9, 2008 at 8:00 pm

This theatre opened in 1943 as the Rex (a name that has been on a couple of other Toronto marquees. Prior to becoming Stratenger’s, it was an Indian restaurant called the Maharaja.

CSWalczak commented about Victory Theatre on Jul 8, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Foundations were put in place, but the theater, to be called the Ambassador or the Cadick was never built. Details here:
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CSWalczak commented about Hi-Pointe Theater on Jul 6, 2008 at 6:08 pm

This theater has re-opened; here’s an article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
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CSWalczak commented about Broadway Theatre on Jun 26, 2008 at 10:34 am

Then and now pictures pictures of the Broadway Theatre can be seen here:,on?cr=6#

CSWalczak commented about Cartier Theatre on Jun 24, 2008 at 8:51 pm

Then and now pictures of this theatre can be seen aton this webpage (scroll down to see them):,on?cr=6#

CSWalczak commented about Regal Continental Stadium 10 & RPX on Jun 20, 2008 at 4:03 pm

Comment on Harold’s entry above: Technically speaking, Cinerama screens were louvered not to reflect the the picture onto the audience, but to reduce cross-reflection from one side of the deeply curved screen to the other. The louvers allowed some light to escape, preventing a washed out appearance of the image.

CSWalczak commented about AMC University Place 8 on Jun 20, 2008 at 3:28 pm

I think I am a bit confused. Is the current eight-screen house a new building? If it is, even if it is a “replacement” of a previous operation, I think it should have its own separate entry with perhaps a note that it replaced a theater of the same name in a different location.

CSWalczak commented about Odeon Theatre on Jun 20, 2008 at 12:18 pm

I am convinced that this theatre’s entry should not have been listed as the Lakeshore and should be changed to Odeon Theatre.

Mr. Tim Elliott, who often posts on this site and is either a Toronto native or some one who is very familiar with Toronto and its theatres, says he has no recollection of the Odeon Theatre on Queen Street West ever being renamed the Lakeshore. He has suggested that this information, (which came from the Rivest List), is in error, quite possibly a mangling of the information surrounding the fact that around 1963, the Odeon circuit acquired the former Biltmore Theatre on Lakeshore in New Toronto and renamed it the Odeon Lakeshore. I know think this is more than just a possibility.

A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with a gentleman from Toronto who also seemed quite well-informed about Toronto’s theatres; he recalls that the reason that famous Carlton Theatre was renamed that from its original name of the Odeon Toronto was that people confused the Odeon Toronto with the Odeon on Queen Street West (the QSW Odeon never was a part of the Odeon chain â€" its opening well pre-dates the formation of the Odeon Theatres circuit in Canada). Now I see that basically the same information is also on the Rivest entry for the Carlton Theatre and that the renaming occurred in 1956 or thereabouts. It is well-known that the renaming did occur.

If the Odeon Toronto became the Carlton (or Odeon Carlton) in 1956, the Odeon on QSW would seem to have little need to change its name to something like the Lakeshore in 1968 which seems an somewhat unlikely name given its location (though I suppose any theatre in Toronto could have been called the Lakeshore), unless perhaps there was real or threatened litigation over use of the Odeon name.

I am urging that the entry for this theatre be changed to ‘Odeon Theatre’ and that the introductory information read: This theatre opened in 1931 and closed in 1980. It was not a part of the Canadian Odeon circuit; it opened well-prior to the formation of that chain.

CSWalczak commented about Odeon Danforth on Jun 20, 2008 at 11:03 am

Here are direct links to the 1946 pictures of the Odeon Danforth:

CSWalczak commented about Old Roxy Theatre on Jun 20, 2008 at 10:32 am

Two 1946 pictures of the theatre as the Roxy from the Ontario Archives:

CSWalczak commented about Eye Pay You Take It Ticket Box Machine circa 1941 on Jun 18, 2008 at 10:02 am

Just a thought: You might consider contacting the Theatre Historical Association in Elmhurst, IL. They have a vast archive of movie theatre materials (architect’s drawings, photos and other memorabilia). Perhaps they might also have copies of theatrical equipment catalogues from different eras as well. Also, since they are in a suburb of Chicago, they might know something about the device’s manufacturer. They do charge for research services.
Contact information:
Theatre Historical Society of America
York Theatre Building
152 N. York Street, 2nd floor
Elmhurst, IL 60126-2806
Ph. (630) 782-1800
Fax (630) 782-1802

CSWalczak commented about Strand Theatre on Jun 17, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Two 1955 pictures from the Ontario Archives:

CSWalczak commented about Fox Oakland Theater on Jun 17, 2008 at 12:43 pm

No one could be happier about the news about the Fox Oakland than I; I used to walk by it when was rather derelict, then saw it’s gradual rebirth, first with the restoration of its marquee and vertical sign to now.

I do worry though about its successs, especially in the short term; the Paramount just a few blocks away has sure had its ups and downs over last few years and is frequently dark. It used to have a regular program of classic films, but I haven’t seen any listings over the last year or so. The problem for me is that there is so little open in terms restaurants or shopping when the theatre is open. Now, with two grand old palaces open so close together, is there a chance that they will compete over the same kind of attractions and make it hard for both to survive? I sure hope not.

I know some people sill think of downtown Oakland as dangerous, but I have never had any problems there. As LuisV said about Market Street around the Warfield and the Golden Gate, that area is far seedier and intimidating.

CSWalczak commented about Le Parisien on Jun 17, 2008 at 11:52 am

A 1917 picture of an artist working on the mural that once occupied the space over the proscenium at the theatre when it was the Princess from he Ontario Archives:

CSWalczak commented about Cinema Cartier on Jun 17, 2008 at 11:34 am

A picture of the Cartier, probably from 1952 based on the release date of the film that is showing, from the Ontario Archives:

CSWalczak commented about Capitol Theatre on Jun 17, 2008 at 9:52 am

Interior, also from 1947:

CSWalczak commented about Odeon Burlington Theatre on Jun 17, 2008 at 9:49 am

A picture of the theatre as the Hume in 1946 from the Ontario Archives: