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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.
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).
Yes, Cadillac Records is having a first run engagement there now…
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.
That’s what I was thinking Michael…what cuts??
This complex was originally opened by Cineplex Odeon I believe.
This theatre is already in here under Cheektowaga NY. Details and pictures.
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.
I wonder if Rainbow Cinemas will pick up the Upper James? Most of their theatres are old Cineplex Odeons.
WHAT A COMPLETE WASTE OF A PERFECTLY GOOD 3 SCREEN CINEMA!! This building has been sitting empty for the past 10 years….think of all the movies it could have shown at reasonable prices if it had been taken over by say…Rainbow Cinemas or something. And especially since the Kingsway closed, Central Etobicoke would have had a cinema again. The only 2 are at the southern end, the very expensive Queensway 18 or way up at the north end, the Rainbow Woodbine Centre cinemas. And there the Westwood sits, rotting away. Tsk Tsk
Wow, looked at all the photos of the Villa theatre. That sure was some place, must have been great to see a movie there. At least the building is still standing and even though not a theatre anymore you can still see what it was like. We have a former beautiful theatre here in Toronto that is now a bookstore, with the magazine section on the former stage. I wish that more theatres had survived like that.
Hallelujah! Have looked forward to this since the day it closed!!
The Michael Todd and Cinestage were next door to each other on Dearborn, just north of Randolph, up the street from the Woods. I don’t think the Chicago or the Oriental had any roadshow engagements.
Great list Bob! I know that almost all of the films mentioned on your list did play roadshow engagements in Toronto, so they must have in Chicago as well. Now we just have to find out where.
Yes Bill, the pictures are still on the Clairidge cinema treasures site, great to see!
Thank you so much Michael! Always wondered where these great films were shown. On the “From script to DVD” web site they have 70mm in NY and 70mm in LA but don’t have Chicago. Seems like the majority of them played the Michael Todd or the Cinestage.
Could be that Montreal being a bilingual city that 2001 was not as popular with French speaking audiences as it was in Toronto. I think that Toronto was an exception with this film, I remember reading while it was here in it’s record breaking run that people were seeing it again and again. It was described at the time as the ultimate “trip”.
Any news on the re-opening of the Kingsway? It is now December and so far haven’t heard any more about it.
Yes, loved it Michael. I remember attending many of those runs during those years. I love this series and look forward to it every week!
It seems to me that “2001: a space odyssey” played over 2 years at the Glendale, something like 120 weeks plus. That is why we didn’t get “Custer of the West” or “Ice Station Zebra” in Cinerama because “2001” was still at the Glendale.
That’s too bad…would love to see shots of the Cinema 1…that was the big one that sat over 1000…would love to have seen each cinema.
No…the ones I took were only of the exterior. I believe on Cinema tour there are interior shots of the Capitol 6
What an awful city Detroit must be. How can any place allow such destruction of such a beautiful old theatre. And the magnificent Michigan theater becoming a parking garage of all things! Hard to believe they are in the United States.
Yes and what about Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Baltimore, Detroit…this could go on and on…love it. Look forward to it every week!
Theatres of this size and on upper floors all have fire exits from each cinema that take you right down to the street. No need to go through the lobby and down the main escalators or elevators.