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I used to go to the Humber when it was single screen. Runnymede too. Well actually ALL of the Toronto theatres before ANY of them were divided. LOL
Yes, ridiculous place for a condo. Wouldn’t fit in with the neighbourhood. A 4 screen Humber Cinemas would be nice. I think the locals would like it. They wouldn’t have to trek all the way over to the Queensway. And with all the new condos by Humber Bay and Windermere, they could just so up South Kingsway to the Humber.
Yes, they just opened up the London Westmount in May, 8 regular theatres and 3 VIP screens. I wish Empire would open something new. They opened the Bolton 7 a couple of years ago and are supposed to open a 10 screen in Markham. Maybe they should look at something in Etobicoke. With Famous Players gone, it limits the possibilities of new theatres. I always wished that they had re-built the old Humber in Bloor west village to a 4 or 5 screener. I like the way in Chicago they have old theatres like the Davis and the Logan that are still in the old neighbourhoods but are now 4 screens each. Or even the Century Centre there that once was a big theatre but now has shops in the old single theatre space and 7 new screens built on top and operated by the Landmark theatre chain that shows arty and foreign films. I’m glad that all of our old Festival theatres are now open again but they are all single screen.
Probably although Cineplex just finished a mini building boom having opened up several in the last couple of years including Silvercity Hamilton Mountain, Silvercity Oakville, Silvercity Fairview, Galaxy Brantford and Westmount 11 in London. They also have one under counstruction in Edmonton.
Yes, that would be great. There are sure not many cinemas in this area at all. I always wished that someone would build something in the centre of the old city of Etobicoke around where the Westwood is. Since that closed the only theatres in the area are the Queensway way down at the QEW or the Woodbine Centre up in the north end. Glad the Kingsway re-opened but that’s all in the area now. The former city of North York has 4 multiplex cinemas and the former city of Scarborough also has 4. Seems that Etobicoke got left out when all the new theatres were planned. At one time Etobicoke had the Sherway 13, Kingsway, Westwood 3, Skyway 6, Skyline twin and Woodbine Centre 8. I live right smack dab in the middle of Etobicoke so there is nothing really near me anymore.
The Yonge/Bloor/Bay area used to have more theatres than anywhere else in the city. The Uptown 5, Showcase Cinema, Towne Cinema, Plaza Twins, Varsity Twin, University, Cumberland 4….those were the days. Now it’s just the Varsity 12 and Cumberland 4. :–(
I just looked up their websites. The Crystal Blu is at 21 Balmuto St and the Uptown is at 35 Balmuto St. So, south of Bloor, the Crystal Blu will be the first building, the Uptown the next building. Too bad they couldn’t have included a new Uptown theatre somehow at the bottom of the Uptown condo, but alas Famous Players is no more, and Cineplex Entertainment already has the Varsity 12 across Balmuto St in the Manulife Centre. That is why plans for a new 10 screen multiplex by Famous Players at 1 Bloor E (if IT ever gets built) have been dropped by Cineplex.
As far as I know, the Crystal Blu is a different condo, both on Balmuto St. I haven’t been by lately but the Uptown condo is more or less on the site of the Uptown theatre itself. I think the Crystal Blu is north of that.
That IS the Uptown condos…the one that is at 5 stories…glad to know it is finally above ground. Yes, I agree with you….it took so long to sell the condos, they could have kept the Uptown for another few years but I guess they had to close since they weren’t going to make it accessable for the disabled.
Oh so many…but one of the last ones i ever saw there was Tomorrow Never Dies when it briefly became a discount house right before closing. I went there alot since it was about 10 min. from my house. Also went to the Skyline Cinemas in the Skyline Hotel (now Doubletree) alot too.
I agree. I liked the Sherway lobby much better than Queensway. All that space with the cafe right in the middle. And it was much closer to Sherway Gardens. I used to work next door at the Chapters, and often people would come in to the store before or after the movies.
I agree igoudge. Apparently the city will be building a new west end court house on this site. Just waiting for final approval. But you are right, would have made a perfect Rainbow cinema all these years!
Actually probably a perfect location for a restaurant considering it’s right on the airport strip with all those airport hotels and restaurants. It’s now a Jack Astor’s and Canyon Creek. Still miss it as a theatre though.
I like all the AMC “multiplex” theatres in the Toronto area. They are comfortable, have all the amenities and are not noisy, garish with that carnival atmosphere that the others have, especially the former Famous Players locations.
Mine too Jon. Much classier than all the others, and a great location too!
That’s a beautiful picture. But it’s actually the old Odeon Carlton which has it’s own site on Cinema Treasures and not the current Carlton Cinemas that is next door to where the original Odeon Carlton was.
Were the new additions added on to the north side of the original theatre? Towards W 2nd St.? Just trying to figure out from satellite shot which parts of the buildings make up the 9 screens.
Still miss these theatres alot. Wish they had been turned into a 2nd run house that Toronto sorely lacks but other cities have such as the Cinema City theatres in Winnipeg or Movies 12 in Edmonton. Still boggles the mind that no major theatre chain in Canada has matinee pricing before 6pm like most major chains do in the U.S. This 13 screen theatre was perfect for watching movies even though it didn’t have stadium seating. Would have made a fantastic 2nd run theatre at lower prices.
Thanks CW, always wondered about that.
Was this theatre pronounced “SINstage” or “SIN-EHstage”??
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”?
Humber is STILL sitting there empty after all these years. What a shame. Made a great “neighbourhood” theatre, something Toronto is sorely lacking.
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.
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.
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.