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CSWalczak commented about Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Jun 4, 2008 at 9:45 am

Sorry- wrong URL. This one is of the Madison in 1919:

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CSWalczak commented about Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Jun 4, 2008 at 9:38 am

Here’s a picture fronm 1919; it’s hard to believe it’s now what is the Bloor Cinema today.

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CSWalczak on Jun 4, 2008 at 9:28 am

Sorry; posted it based on a 1919 picture that looks very little, if at all, as the Bloor Cinema does today. It must have been radically altered. I have posted that photo to the Bloor site and ask the moderators to delete this entry.

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CSWalczak commented about Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre on Jun 4, 2008 at 8:24 am

Oops; sorry. This is the correct link to the 1929 photo:

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CSWalczak commented about Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre on Jun 4, 2008 at 8:16 am

The marquee of Loew’s Yonge Street can be seen on he right in this 1929 photo:

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CSWalczak commented about Danforth Music Hall Theatre on Jun 4, 2008 at 6:52 am

An early picture of the theatre, as Allen’s Danforth, probably taken not long after its opening in 1919:

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CSWalczak commented about Odeon Theatre on Jun 4, 2008 at 5:03 am

After doing some additional research, I am just about convinced that there were two Odeon Theatres on Queen Street West at different times.

This picture of an Odeon Theatre from 1919 is from the Toronto Archives:

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According to the information there, the address was 1558 Queen Street West. (However the number above the door at the left of the photograph appears to be 158; perhaps street re-numbering later occurred).

However according to both Enright’s and Rivest’s listings for the Lakeshore/Odeon (which Rivest says opened in 1931) the address was 1473 Queen Street West which would put it probably at least ten blocks away and on the other side of the street.

Looking at the 1919 picture, the building looks rather small to me to have housed 752 seats which is what Enright and Rivest both state was the capacity of the Lakeshore/Odeon. I am guessing that this 1919 Odeon (which looks like a nickelodeon theatre) was gone by the time the Lakeshore/Odeon opened.

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CSWalczak commented about Odeon Danforth on Jun 3, 2008 at 5:56 pm

After some additional reserach, it turns out that the Queen Street Odeon eventually changed its name to the Lakeshore Theater in 1965 and remained as such until 1980 when it closed. One wonders if it was pressured to do so by the Odeon chain? Because of that fact, the entry for for the Queen Street Odeon would have to appear as the Lakeshore here on Cinema Treasures as it was its most recent name; the name Odeon will be listed as an aka.

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CSWalczak commented about Odeon Danforth on Jun 3, 2008 at 3:03 pm

The Odeon Theater shown in the 1919 picture was on Queen Street West whereas the Odeon Danforth was on Danforth. I doubt very much that the 1919 Odeon was ever operated by the Odeon (Canada) Corporation which did not even exist until the early 1940s, I believe. The name is is probably just a coincidence. The 1919 Odeon should have a separate entry.

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CSWalczak commented about Federal Theater on Jun 3, 2008 at 2:43 pm

An artist’s impression of the Federal Theater is here:

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and an article about closed Denver theaters that mentions the Federal’s history after closing as a theater is here:

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CSWalczak commented about Mystery theater in Denver on Jun 3, 2008 at 7:40 am

This website contains a 2006 article about Denver’s lost and decaying movie theaters; it includes some history about the Federal:

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CSWalczak commented about Odeon Fairlawn on Jun 3, 2008 at 7:20 am

A picture of the Fairlawn can be found here:

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CSWalczak commented about Ed Mirvish Theatre on Jun 3, 2008 at 6:39 am

Interesting; what was underneath Cinema 1’s floor?

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CSWalczak commented about Mystery theater in Denver on Jun 3, 2008 at 6:32 am

Both Mike Rivest’s listings for Denver and its entry on CinemaTour show to have been at 3830 Federal. There’s a picture of it on the CinemaTour site that says it was taken in 2006. Rivest information indicates a closing year of 1975.

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CSWalczak commented about Ed Mirvish Theatre on Jun 3, 2008 at 4:36 am

Picture of the Upper Lobby during its Imperial 6 Days:

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Three pictures of the Canon as the Imperial 6 can be found on the lower half of this page; one is of the Yonge Street entrance, one is of the Lower Lobby, and one is of the largest theater, essentially the former balcony.

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Looking at the theater now, in its splendid restored condition, it’s hard to believe it was once made to look so garish and “modern”.

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CSWalczak commented about Embassy Theatre on May 30, 2008 at 6:18 am

A picture of the Embassy can be seen here:

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CSWalczak commented about Another successful "Somewhere in Time" weekend on May 22, 2008 at 7:22 am

It’s one of those films that one either likes or doesn’t; I think romantic souls tend to and realists don’t. I happen to like it, implausible story line and all, but then I love Mackinac Island.

I had an interesting experience once viewing the film in 1993; I was attending a conference held at what was then Mission Point Resort on the island. It had formerly been a small religiously-oriented college at the south end of the island. The hotel used the college’s former main building for conference facilities; these included a lecture/hall auditorium. A scene in the film was shot in this lecture hall, the one where Christopher Reeve’s character talks to a professor about whether time travel is possible. (Other scenes in the film were filmed at some of the other former college facilities which included a soundstage intended for religious broadcasting).

During the conference, the topic of the film came up and a number of people said they had never seen it, so the hotel arranged to have it
shown for the participants one evening – in that very lecture hall, on a good sized screen. It was the oddest sensation, when that scene came up, to realize that you were sitting in the room that you were looking into. A number of people felt a bit disoriented, including myself. Nothing had changed since the filming – same furniture, layout, paint job. It was a bit eerie.

Some people liked the film; others thought it was stupid.

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CSWalczak commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on May 21, 2008 at 9:08 am

You can find an excellent summary and comparison of the various aspect ratios using both 35mm anamorphic and 70mm processes at this page of the Widescreen Museum website:

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CSWalczak commented about Civic Theatre on May 21, 2008 at 5:53 am

This website:

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shows the facade of the former theater as it looks today.

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CSWalczak commented about Liberty Theatre on May 19, 2008 at 10:07 am

Actually, there’s another picture of the Liberty on the same site that you cited earlier;
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where, if one looks to the right, a set of framed exhibition photos for the film showing at the theater next door and what appears to be a neon letter ’S' on top of what is undoubtedly a marquee can be seen. Considering also the streetcar tracks in front of the theaters, I don’t think there’s any doubt about the location being St. Charles Street circa 1950.

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CSWalczak commented about Civic Theatre on May 19, 2008 at 9:40 am

Some pictures of the Poche/Civic Theater:
Entrance:
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From the stage:
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Stage entrance:
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CSWalczak commented about Liberty Theatre on May 19, 2008 at 9:07 am

The Mike Rivest website lists only one Liberty Theater in New Orleans, locating it at 420 St. Charles and further indicates that the operator was RKO from 1950-55. “Tarzan and the Leopard Woman” was re-released by RKO in 1950 (originally released in 1946).

CinemaTour, though, puts this theater on Canal Street (no number indicated). The picture matches, but I doubt that it was on Canal.

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CSWalczak commented about Euclid Theatre on May 6, 2008 at 5:14 am

Based on Dave-Bronx’s earlier comment (above) the first theater you refer to could well be the Oriental.

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CSWalczak commented about Commodore Theatre on May 2, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Dave-Bronx: Sorry to replicate much of what you said; it llks like we must have submitting right around the same time as yours wasn’t up when I was writing mine.

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CSWalczak commented about Commodore Theatre on May 2, 2008 at 12:55 pm

This is an area I know well from my childhood and I think I can help sort this out or least shed some light on why there may be confusion. The address for the theater is most likely incorrect or may have been changed.The theater is actually on the corner of East 152nd Street and McCauley Avenue, exactly at the point where East 152nd Street ends; it should have a an address on E. 152nd Street. From the west, Lakeshore Boulevard makes a ninety-degree turn to the left at exactly that point. So,if one is walking in front of the theater, one only has to walk straight across McCauley (which is just a side street) to go from walking on E. 152nd St. to walking on Lakeshore Blvd.; the same thing happens when one crosses E. 152nd in front of the theater. I remember that when one looked in the movie directory in the Cleveland Plain Dealer or the Cleveland Press in the 1950s and 60s, the address for the Commodore read either"East 152nd St. at Lakeshore Bl.“ or "Lakeshore Blvd. at E. 152nd St.”

St. Jerome is on Lakeshore, facing Lakeshore, just before the turn; it certainly would have a Lakeshore Boulevard address. The Food Mart, a former 7-Eleven, is almost exactly on the corner of McCauley and Lakeshore, across from the left side of the theater; but it’s just after the turn, so it too should have a Lakeshore Boulevard address. Perhaps the Post Office allowed or assigned a Lakeshore Boulevard address to the theater after St. Jerome acquired the theater for Bingo so as to better associate the building with the rest of the St. Jerome’s complex right across 152nd St. The theater would be, after all, in the elbow of the turn and giving it an even-numbered Lakeshore Boulevard address between that of St. Jerome and the Food Mart wouldn’t be illogical.

I used to work at a Lawson’s on Lakeshore which would have been just a few doors further north from the Food Mart.