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This webpage has some history of the Centre and a picture:
Three pictures of the Capitol Theatre in Welland as it was in 1947 from the Ontario Archives:
Here is a picture of the Landsdowne theatre:
New shows are on NBC but I don’t think the theater is seen in he montage of the newer shows. You are more likely to see it at the beginning of th reruns on the USA cable network.
Here are two pictures from 1947 when it was the Century:
Here’s a picture of the Geneva in Orillia from 1939:
Here’s a picture of it as it was in 1947:
Here are direct links the pictures of the Plaza theatre in Nipigon that are on the Ontario Archives website:
Here are direct links to the pictures on the Ontario Archives website:
Here’s a direct link to the picture:
Here are direct links to the pictures of this theatre on the Onario Archives site:
Here are direct links to the Ontario Archives photos:
Here’s a direct link to the picture of it as the Embassy:
and here is is as the Astor:
The links to the 1947 pictures of the Tivoli in Windsor are no longer working, but the pictures can be seen by going to the Images database on the Ontario Archives website at:
and entering ‘Tivoli Windsor’ in the search window.
A picture of the Plaza in Nipigon from 1948 can be seen by going to the Images database of the Ontario Archives at:
and entering ‘Plaza Theatre Nipigon’ in the search window.
Unfortunately that link to the picture of the Embassy is not working. You can see the picture by going to the Images database at the Ontario Archives site at:
and entering ‘Embassy Theatre’ in the search window.
A picture of the Bay theatre in North Bay can be seen by gong to the Ontario Image Archives at:
and entering ‘Bay Theater North Bay’ in the search window.
This theatre had apparently had a number of other names during its lifetime. Its opening name may have been the Victoria (rather than the Victory); it became the Embassy in 1935, then the Astor in 1949.
Its first incarnation as the New Yorker started in 1962, may have been briefly an adult theatre called in the Tivoli in the early 70s.
It became the Festival in 1978, the Showcase in 1986, and gian give the name New Yorker in 1998.
Here it is as the Embassy in 1937:
Pictures of the Tivoli from 1947:
In addition, both the Rivest list and the Ontario archives show a Parkdale Theatre that was operated by Famous Players at 1605 Queen Street West, whereas both the Lakeshore and the Odeon are listed at 1473 Queen Street West. Perhaps a search of old city directories of those Film Daily Yearbooks could resolve the matter, but I don’t have access to those.
The information was found on Mike Rivest’s list for the Lakeshore Theatre and the matching of addresses.
After looking at the two pictures of the Tivoli’s beautiful auditorium in John Lindsay’s terrific book “Palaces of the Night: Canada’s Grand Theaters”, it is easy to see why it would be a great Todd-AO house; that very wide outer proscenium frame would accommodate a large, curved screen easily with both minimal side draping and probably no need to tear out or cover the side boxes. Was the original projection box used or was another one built to meet the need for as-near head-on projection as possible? It would be neat to see a picture of this theatre set up for Todd-AO.
A 1950 picture of the Rio Theatre in Toronto can be seen here:
Here’s a picture from 1957: