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telliott commented about Saint Clair 10 Cine on May 5, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Always wondered, what does Cine mean? Is it short for cinema? Seems to be on the names of alot of the Wehrenberg theatres. Is it pronounced “sin” or “sin-eh”?

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telliott commented about Humber Cinema on May 4, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Humber is STILL sitting there empty after all these years. What a shame. Made a great “neighbourhood” theatre, something Toronto is sorely lacking.

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telliott commented about Showcase 6 Cinemas on Apr 15, 2009 at 3:28 pm

That may be the case. I’ve always wondered about that since “Coliseum” was such a signature brand with Famous Players, I would have thought that Cineplex would have wanted to keep all theatres with that name.

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telliott commented about Encore Upper Canada Place Cinemas on Apr 14, 2009 at 11:05 pm

I thought that the Rainbow Market Square 6 in downtown Toronto was also one of the “original” Cineplex theatres, having opened around 1981 or ‘82 and before Canadian Odeon taking over Cineplex theatres.

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telliott commented about Showcase 6 Cinemas on Apr 14, 2009 at 10:33 pm

I always found some of the theatres sold to Empire to be very curious indeed. How for instance was Cineplex able to keep BOTH the Devonshire Mall cinemas and SilverCity Windsor which are very close together and more or less show the very same films. Also why would Cineplex give up the Coliseum Calgary which is one of their very own brands to Empire? It’s like in the U.S. when AMC took over Loews Cineplex and had to sell off certain theatres, they kept BOTH the AMC River East 21 and the AMC Loews 600 North Michigan 9 which are mere blocks apart and now dominate the downtown scene in Chicago.

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telliott commented about Shea's Hippodrome Theatre on Apr 13, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Hurray, Shea’s is finally in here! If it hadn’t been torn down for the new City Hall, I’ve always imagined that Shea’s would have lasted in to the 60s, 70s and maybe beyond…maybe even multi-plexed like the Imperial Six, or the Uptown 5.

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telliott commented about College Theatre on Apr 11, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Correct CW. By 1982 the College theatre at College & Dovercourt was long gone, replaced with stores and apartments above them. The second College photo is of one on College in the Chinatown area, near Spadina Ave.

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telliott commented about Showcase 6 Cinemas on Apr 11, 2009 at 5:30 pm

What a shame. Wouldn’t it be nice if Rainbow Cinemas or Encore Cinemas took this over so it could continue to be a theatre? Too bad there are not enough of these less expensive but perfectly fine theatres around the GTA anymore. Also wish that Rainbow had taken over the Upper James in Hamilton as well.

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telliott commented about Odeon Lakeshore on Apr 8, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Thanks CW for all your help. The Lakeshore looks quite different now, has been real estate and lawyers offices for years. Fits in to the neighbourhood quite well.

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telliott commented about Odeon Theatre on Apr 8, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Perfect. Now if they could only change the Odeon Danforth back to “single screen”.

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telliott commented about Odeon Danforth on Apr 6, 2009 at 6:10 pm

The listing for this should be changed back to single screen then.

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telliott commented about Odeon Theatre on Apr 6, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Ok, for the reccord….the picture is of the Odeon Lakeshore in New Toronto…it was formerly known as the Biltmore New Toronto until December of 1963 when Odeon bought 3 former Biltmore theatres…the Savoy downtown became the Odeon Coronet…the Biltmore Weston, became the Odeon Weston and the Biltmore New Toronto became the Odeon Lakeshore because of it’s location on Lakeshore Blvd. I went there several times and it closed with the name of Odeon Lakeshore. It is now offices. I’ve lived in Toronto my whole life as CWalczak says and remember many of these theatres very well. There was an Odeon theatre on Queen St W in the Parkdale area of Toronto but that was part of the 20th Century theatre chain.

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telliott commented about Odeon Danforth on Apr 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm

That picture is of the Odeon HYLAND at Yonge & St Clair. The Odeon DANFORTH was never twinned. It was sold by Odeon before any twinning could be done.

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telliott commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part 25: El Paso) on Apr 2, 2009 at 1:53 am

Love, love, love the Cinerama series Michael, keep up the great work! Look forward to it every week.

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telliott commented about Former Cineplex Odeon duo found guilty on Mar 31, 2009 at 12:41 am

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.

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telliott commented about Former Cineplex Odeon duo found guilty on Mar 30, 2009 at 6:35 pm

The best thing they did for Toronto…the glorious Pantages theatre (now known as the Canon). It’s an absolute gem.

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telliott commented about Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre on Mar 6, 2009 at 6:05 am

When Loews was sold to 20th Century Theatres in 1969, it was re-named the Yonge…then several years later when Famous Players renovated it, it was then re-named Elgin. The only reason i think those names were chosen is because the tall vertical sign had room for 5 letters, hence Yonge and Elgin. Since there was an Elgin in Ottawa, they probably thought this was a good name for the theatre in Toronto. Probably had nothing to do with what letters were left over from Loews.

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telliott commented about Prince of Wales Theatre on Mar 6, 2009 at 5:59 am

The legitimate theatre built by Honest Ed “Mirvish” (not Mirisch) is called the PRINCESS of Wales, NOT Prince of Wales. Also, Cats never played the Pantages (now the Canon) but at the Elgin and Massey Hall (where i saw it).

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telliott commented about Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Feb 21, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Yes, Cadillac Records is having a first run engagement there now…

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telliott commented about Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Feb 21, 2009 at 4:59 pm

That’s the beautiful University theatre at 100 Bloor st W near Bay. It’s now a Pottery Barn. There was a plan by Famous Players to rebuild a theatre there as part of a condo-retail project and were to call it the University 9. But alas the developer cut out the theatre plans so now just a condo and retail are there.

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telliott commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part 19: Boston) on Jan 27, 2009 at 8:04 pm

That’s what I was thinking Michael…what cuts??

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telliott commented about Canyon Meadows Cinemas on Jan 20, 2009 at 7:45 pm

This complex was originally opened by Cineplex Odeon I believe.

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telliott on Jan 16, 2009 at 9:32 pm

This theatre is already in here under Cheektowaga NY. Details and pictures.

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telliott commented about Old theatre closing/new one opening on Jan 5, 2009 at 8:30 pm

I guess Cineplex Odeon figures that one half of the mountain will go to the new SilverCity and the other half will go to the SilverCity Ancaster, since the Upper James was right in the middle of both of them.

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telliott commented about Old theatre closing/new one opening on Jan 5, 2009 at 6:08 pm

I wonder if Rainbow Cinemas will pick up the Upper James? Most of their theatres are old Cineplex Odeons.