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telliott commented about Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre on Mar 5, 2009 at 10:05 pm

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 5, 2009 at 9:59 pm

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 9:42 am

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 8:59 am

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 12:04 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 11:45 am

This complex was originally opened by Cineplex Odeon I believe.

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telliott on Jan 16, 2009 at 1:32 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 12:30 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 10:08 am

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

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telliott commented about Westwood Theatre on Dec 31, 2008 at 12:36 pm

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

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telliott commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part 18: Salt Lake City) on Dec 31, 2008 at 12:29 pm

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.

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telliott commented about Kingsway Theatre re-opening January 02, 2009 on Dec 29, 2008 at 7:48 am

Hallelujah! Have looked forward to this since the day it closed!!

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telliott commented about Roadshows in Chicago on Dec 15, 2008 at 11:19 am

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.

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telliott commented about Roadshows in Chicago on Dec 14, 2008 at 11:29 am

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.

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telliott commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part 15: Northern New Jersey) on Dec 13, 2008 at 2:52 pm

Yes Bill, the pictures are still on the Clairidge cinema treasures site, great to see!

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telliott commented about Roadshows in Chicago on Dec 12, 2008 at 9:21 am

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.

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telliott commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part 14: Montreal) on Dec 6, 2008 at 9:31 am

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”.

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telliott commented about Kingsway Theatre on Dec 2, 2008 at 9:33 am

Any news on the re-opening of the Kingsway? It is now December and so far haven’t heard any more about it.

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telliott commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part 12: Toronto) on Nov 19, 2008 at 11:58 am

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!

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telliott commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part 12: Toronto) on Nov 19, 2008 at 10:12 am

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.

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telliott commented about Capitol 6 Theatre on Nov 15, 2008 at 6:52 pm

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.

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telliott commented about Capitol 6 Theatre on Nov 15, 2008 at 6:17 pm

No…the ones I took were only of the exterior. I believe on Cinema tour there are interior shots of the Capitol 6

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telliott commented about United Artists Theater on Nov 11, 2008 at 6:42 pm

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.

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telliott commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part X: Oklahoma City) on Nov 11, 2008 at 2:22 pm

Yes and what about Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Baltimore, Detroit…this could go on and on…love it. Look forward to it every week!

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telliott commented about Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas on Sep 16, 2008 at 8:15 am

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.