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Having just been to Boston for the first time, I’m surprised that someone (Landmark, Angelika, Sundance) didn’t grab this site, gut it and reformat as a 5 or 6 screen complex, given it’s location by Prudential Center, Copley Place and all the hotels, restaurants etc in the area. Seems like the perfect location, right in the middle between the AMC Loews Boston Common and the Regal Fenway. If they had combined some of the cinemas and made them larger with larger screens, sound systems etc,this may have made a great little multiplex. Found it odd that this hadn’t happened given the location.
I think it’s the same here. That’s why Empire Theatres picked up a lot of locations across Canada when Cineplex took over Famous Players.
Still puzzled how Cineplex Odeon is allowed to have both this and SilverCity just blocks away, when they had to divest of several locations after taking over Famous Players. And isn’t the downtown Yonge & Dundas and Scotiabank in the same “zone” as well?
As a native Torontonian I can attest that all of the original movie palaces (Imperial, Loews, Loews Uptown, Sheas etc) are gone or have other uses, most notably the Imperial, now the Ed Mirvish legitmate theatre and Loews, the Elgin/Winter Garden. There are a few single screens left, the Fox and Revue being the oldest, then the Kingsway, Royal, Mt Pleasant, Regent and Bloor. The single screen Eglinton which opened as a neighbourhood theatre in 1936 and went on to become one of the most successful roadshow houses in the city is now an event theatre (weddings, banquets etc) as is the single screen Capitol.
Apparently the Humber is STILL open after all. If you look at their Facebook page the closing notices were a hoax, so they have a new web site and facebook page. I don’t know who owns it anymore or who runs it now but glad to know it is open after all.
What the heck goes on with this place? Recently it has said on their website soon to be 4 screens and now it’s closed? Why can’t this place run like the Davis and Logan in Chicago and be the local cinema for Bloor West village. I’ve never understood what the problem is here.
This is now the Cineplex Odeon Courtney Park cinemas, should be changed on here.
Now the Cineplex Odeon Winston Churchill cinemas, should be changed on here.
Now officially the Cineplex Odeon Yonge & Dundas cinemas, should be changed on here.
I couldn’t agree more Dennis! I sure do miss those days.
Thanks Ron! From the outside or from the Google satellite shots or Bing map birds eye view you can’t tell a thing.
I know John. I’m surprised that Empire didn’t grab Yonge & Dundas to have a major downtown location. Remember before “zones”, Famous Players ran every theatre in the Bloor-Yonge-Bay area except the Varsity Twin? Times sure have changed. I’m sure that Cineplex will have to sell their SilverCity Mississauga now since it’s just up the street from the Winston Churchill 24.
Got back from Boston last week and walked around this theatre. It IS hard to believe that there is a large theatre hidden in this building at all. It got me wondering, what was the layout of the theatre in there? Was the auditorium straight back from the lobby entrance on Washington St, or was the lobby a long one with the theatre itself to the left. If the backstage area was at the corner of Hayward Pl andHarrison Av then was the theatre running north and south at the back of the block?
Now the Empire Kanata 24, name needs to be changed on here.
Already an Empire Theatre. That was fast. Needs to be changed now to Empire Whitby 24
I’m also wondering Jon, now that Cineplex will have the Y&D 24 AND the Scotiabank if they will put more arty type films in at the Varisty to partially fill the void left by the closure of the Cumberland Four? I mean right now the Varsity is the ONLY venue left in that whole area that was once RICH with theatres.
Well if that’s the case then they better close the Silvercity, the Winston Churchill is waaaay nicer and has more screens.
What puzzles me is this competition business that you can’t have too many Cineplex or Empires in one area, remember the days when Famous Players had 5 different theatre buildings in the Yonge/Bloor area or the Sheraton Centre twin right around the corner and up the street from the Imperial Six? When did all that change?
I am too Jon, should be interesting. I’m a bit surprised that Empire didn’t snap this up to get a downtown location and have more screens than Cineplex has at Scotiabank. I’m also a bit puzzled that Cineplex is taking over the Winston Churchill 24 in Oakville, which is literally down the street from it’s Silvercity Mississauga location. Maybe they will sell that one to Empire?
I agree Nick. For example here in Toronto where there have been many long runs, “Mad, Mad World” only played 18 weeks at the Odeon Carlton while playing much longer at similar sized cities, some even a year. Also “Circus World” played a measly 5 weeks at the same theatre, the worst run of a Cinerama film in Toronto.
This, one of my very favourite theatres has now been demolished, to make way for the Madison condominium complex. I have fond memories of this beautiful building, right from the beginning, went here a lot durning the 70s and 80s, saw many major releases here over the years. This was a first run showcase for the Odeon chain back then and have missed it since it’s closing. Farewell Odeon York!
I’ve always found it curious John and Jon that U.S. chains haven’t seemed to make it here in Canada as elsewhere. Cinemark tried it out west and AMC here in the east, we have everything else from the states, stores, restaurants, etc, I wonder why not movie chains? Now with FP gone there is really only 2 major chains, Cineplex and Empire with a few small ones like Rainbow, Landmark and a few independents..
Hurray, it’s back! I kept waiting for Cleveland when the series was first introduced, but it never got that far. Great to finally see it.
How do you change the status of this to Closed?
Yes, I’d heard that too Jon. I guess the only other major player in Canada now is Empire, now that Famous Players is gone. Maybe they would like a sparkling new downtown multiplex since they have nothing downtown. I wish they had taken over the 10 screen one proposed by FP at One Bloor since the area needs something else. Now the Varsity has to try to fit in the blockbusters the Uptown used to have and the artsy stuff that the Cumberland had. I wonder what WILL happen to the Carlton since it’s only recently been taken over.
Yes, I agree Jon, not a very good venue, but it was just nice having a theatre actually located in Yorkville. I have often wondered what happened to the Plaza Twins in the Hudson’s Bay Centre, are they just sitting down there empty after all these years? The entrance is all sealed up, you would never even know those theatres existed. If only FP had found a replacement for the Uptown before their demise, we might have that AND the Varsity…alas now it’s only the Varsity left in what was the most theatres in a few short blocks of each other in all of downtown.