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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.
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.
I am convinced that this theatreâ€™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 Torontoâ€™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 â€˜Odeon Theatreâ€™ 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.
Here are direct links to the 1946 pictures of the Odeon Danforth:
Two 1946 pictures of the theatre as the Roxy from the Ontario Archives:
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.
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
Two 1955 pictures from the Ontario Archives:
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.
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:
A picture of the Cartier, probably from 1952 based on the release date of the film that is showing, from the Ontario Archives:
Pictures of the O'Brien from the Ontario Archives showing the theatre as it was in 1930:
Pictures of the theatre, as the Capitol, from the Ontario Archives as it was in 1947:
Interior, also from 1947:
A picture of the theatre as the Hume in 1946 from the Ontario Archives:
Some pictures of the theatre when it was the Roxy in 1947:
Pictures of the Audion from 1943 from the Ontario Archives:
Some additional photos from the Ontario Archives circa 1947:
Function should be changed to live performances.
A 1944 picture from the Ontario Archives:
Pictures of the Classic Theatre in Cobalt, the first two circa 1947, the other two from some earlier date:
A picture of the Grand’s interior from 1949:
Two 1947 pictures from the Ontario Archives:
Two pictures from the Ontario Archives of the Classic Theatre in
Owen Sound from 1947:
Four 1947 pictures from the Ontario Archives:
A slightly more direct link to the pictures Warren referred to:
and two more from the Ontario Archives: