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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.

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telliott commented about Hollywood Theatre on Sep 12, 2008 at 11:50 am

In the mid 90s, Famous Players was considering adding screens to the Hollywood to make it more of a multiplex. But alas they built the Silvercity Yonge/Eglinton instead. In a way it would have been nice to re-devlop the Hollywood site because the Yonge/St Clair area would still have been considered an entertainment destination, especially with many new condo developments in the area. I still miss the Hollywood twins and the Odeon Hyland twins two doors down….it was always nice to go to that neighbourhood, see a movie and then walk around to the shops and restaurants.

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telliott commented about Kingsway Theatre work in progress on Aug 27, 2008 at 1:31 pm

It’s about time. With the Revue back up and running and the Fox and Royal still going strong it will be great having the Kingsway part of the community again. It was sorely missed!

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telliott commented about Wednesday is the new Friday for movie openings on Aug 13, 2008 at 4:17 pm

I remember here in Toronto new movies would open Wednesdays at 20th Century theatres, Thursdays at Odeon theatres and Friday at Famous Players and Loews theatres. It was like that for years and then I think sometime in the late 70s or early 80s everything started opening on Fridays, regardless of which chain it was.

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telliott commented about Credit Cinema on Aug 6, 2008 at 6:37 pm

Exactly right!

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telliott commented about Credit Cinema on Aug 6, 2008 at 6:07 pm

THAT’S their Etobicoke location LM…the one here it the Mississauga (Port Credit) location. If you google The Crooked Cue it comes up with the former Vogue theatre location.

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telliott commented about Credit Cinema on Aug 6, 2008 at 5:29 pm

I grew up about a block away from this theatre so this was where I went often as a child. After 1970 it was renovated and re-opened as the Credit Cinema which lasted a few more years. Then it closed for good as a theatre and for years was a high class jewellery store. For the past several years it has been a restaurant/billiard hall called The Crooked Cue. The Credit cinema would have made a great reportory theatre back when there was the Festival chain of old cinemas. Since it’s demise, there has never been any theatre of any kind in what is now Southern Mississauga, south of the QEW highway. Not even a multiplex

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telliott commented about Empire Granville 7 Cinemas on Aug 6, 2008 at 3:11 pm

If you look on the web site cinematour.com there are 63 photos of the Granville Cinemas, and it looks like Cinemas 6 and 7 are the original Coronet theatre.

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telliott commented about Eaton Centre Cinemas on Jul 30, 2008 at 6:44 pm

I like the Varsity too but it’s too expensive. The old Uptown (formerly Loew’s Uptown) was the best! I prefer the new AMC to the Scotiabank theatre…looks classier and less noise….

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telliott commented about Eaton Centre Cinemas on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:56 am

Yes, it opened on March 28th and i’ve been there and it’s beautiful! Nice addition to the downtown scene. Nice to finally get some movie screens back on Yonge St. where a lot of old movie houses used to be.

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telliott commented about Eaton Centre Cinemas on Jul 29, 2008 at 6:32 pm

Ha ha ha ha ha ha

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telliott on Jul 13, 2008 at 9:00 am

Yes the Cedarbrae 8 is listed under Toronto as most theatres in the old Metro Toronto are listed. Scarborough has been a borough and then a city under the old Metropolitan Toronto for years then all the boroughs and cities amalgamated under the one City of Toronto.

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telliott commented about Elane Theatre on Jul 12, 2008 at 5:26 pm

Sayvette wasn’t a grocery store, it was a dept store similar to a Towers or a K-mart. There was a large Sayvette near where I grew up in what is now Mississauga at Dixie Rd and QEW.

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telliott on Jul 12, 2008 at 5:24 pm

There is already a listing in Cinema Treasures for the Cedarbrae under Cedarbrae 8, telling the year it was built as a twin (1969) and all the subsequent additions until it became an 8 screen cinema.

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telliott commented about Muvico Peabody Place 22 & IMAX on Jul 7, 2008 at 3:13 pm

I was in Memphis when this theatre was under construction. Thought it was exciting that a new modern multiplex was being built right downtown. It’s interesting that some downtown locations can’t even support a multiplex with stadium seating and all the bells and whistles.

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telliott commented about College Theatre on Jun 14, 2008 at 6:38 pm

I remember during the 60s the College was one of several “neighbourhood” theatres that together showed double-bills of recent movies that had finished their runs downtown, or sometimes had them “direct from downtown” for films that had been big hits. Other theatres on the list included the Alhambra, Beach, Palace, Parkdale, Runnymede, Vaughan, St Clair.

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telliott commented about Hollywood Theatre on Jun 13, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Actually the Hollywood was operated by Famous Players from about the mid 50s. It becamee one of their main theatres in the city. It actually wasn’t “twinned” in the normal sense, the first picture above showing the exterior is actually what would become the South Auditorium…the empty lot to the left of the theatre was added on to with a store at the front and the eventual North Auditorium behind it. Both cinemas would show the same film, the South all day and the North evenings only until 1966 when “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” was showing for many weeks so they decided to open up “Alfie” in the other cinema and it showed 2 different movies from then until it closed in 1999. In 1964/65, it had the long 10 month run of “Mary Poppins” and all summer before it opened in October of ‘64 the Hollywood was advertised as “Home of Mary Poppins”

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telliott commented about Bloor Theatre on Jun 8, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Right you are Jlangdon, the OLD Bloor theatre is now Lee’s Palace, NOT the Midtown…THAT is now the Bloor. I hate when people keep mixing up the old Bloor and the Midtown (the current Bloor)

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telliott commented about Esquire Theatre on Jun 7, 2008 at 1:54 pm

The sad part is that as another plan bites the dust, the Esquire could have been still open and showing movies as one plan after another comes along. I still wish that Landmark or someone similar could come along and run the six screens, it just seems to fit in to the neighbourhood.

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telliott commented about Odeon Danforth on Jun 6, 2008 at 4:37 pm

Yes, that’s the one LM. After the Odeon chain dropped it, it was a Greek cinema called the Rex Danforth…at 635 Danforth Ave at Pape. It’s in the heart of Toronto’s Greektown, so showed Greek movies for years. It’s still there although has been a gym for many years.

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telliott commented about Odeon Danforth on Jun 6, 2008 at 3:58 pm

Yes the old Parkdale was indeed a Famous Players theatre, still there however has been an antique store for years and years. Went there several times as a child. Both the FP Parkdale and the old Odeon were both in a neighbourhood known as Parkdale in Toronto’s west end. Despite the fact that I love thre Rivest list, there are several errors in there regarding Toronto area theatres that I have written to him about but were never corrected. Not sure he’s updating his info anymore.

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telliott commented about Odeon Danforth on Jun 6, 2008 at 11:25 am

That’s news to me. I always remember it as the Odeon in Parkdale until it closed. Now there WAS a Biltmore on Lakeshore in New Toronto that changed it’s name to the Odeon Lakeshore when the Odeon chain acquired it and the Biltmore Weston (changed to the Odeon Weston) and the downtown Savoy (changed to the Odeon Coronet) in late 1963. Maybe that’s where you got the Odeon Lakeshore name. I visited the Odeon Lakeshore several times having grown up in nearby Port Credit.

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telliott commented about Tivoli Theatre on Jun 5, 2008 at 3:30 pm

Yes, I love that book too. Did you notice it mentions that the Tivoli was designed “stadium” style and not with the usual balcony overhanging the orchestra. Talk about early stadium seating! I know there is a Todd-ao section of “In 70MM” web site, but not sure if there are any pictures of the Tivoli.