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That is correct TivFan, I have old movie pages from the late 60s and the Strand was a major downtown theatre playing first run attractions. So it couldn’t have burned down in the 50s. I do remember driving by and yes, had a large marquee.
Yes, it’s really too bad John. I much prefer the AMCs to the others that Cineplex Entertainment offers, they’ve been in Canada about 13, 14 yrs now, too bad we have fewer choices that we used to.
Well, my wife went to a movie here today and she said that once inside, there is a wall completely closing off the whole large lobby that was straight ahead including the large concession area as well as all of the 4 largest theatres from the lobby and the whole northern wing of theatres. You now just go to the right wing to the theatres down there with the concession at the end of the hallway. So don’t know what the heck is going on with this place. It’s a shame too, because I much preferred this place to the loud, garish Colossus across the highway, but now that one gets all the major 1st run releases and this one is relegated to the odd 1st run and mostly older films that have played out. For the first 12 yrs or so, the Interchange and Colossus both got initial blockbusters upon release but something sure changed in early 2011. It is so ironic since in the 80’s the then small Cineplex chain went to court to get better 1st run product from then majors Canadian Odeon and Famous Players and now Cineplex Entertainment is doing the same to AMC.
This is the King Square cinemas which was formerly the Famous Players Paramount. When Empire bought all the Famous Players cinemas in Atlantic Canada, they renamed this one Empire King Square Cinemas. The other one is the former Odeon theatre which as it states was renamed King Square in 1984, closed in 1996 and is demolished.
Doesn’t it seem odd that the Colossus across the highway gets ALL the new attractions? Oh sure the Interchange gets a few here and there but not nearly as many as they used to. What changed? Maybe if it got a few more of the big blockbusters when released then they wouldn’t have had to close half the theatres. Kind of ironic since Cineplex once sued to get more product all those years ago.
That’s cool Jason. I remember several Toronto area theatres that were named the same way. I guess any Famous Players theatre built or renovated during that era had their cinemas named for former movie palaces. I thought that was a great idea. My favourite was the Oakville Town Centre cinemas where the lobby looked like a street, with the ceiling blue as the sky and each cinema entrance had their own marquee each in a different style with their cinema name and what was playing. Looked just like an old fashioned main street.
It really is a shame that in a city like Chicago, that this cinema (or the Esquire or both) could not have been turned in to something like a Sundance cinema, an Angelika cinema, or even another Landmark location. What a loss eh.
I guess no one from Kingston knows how this was divided up. Too bad Empire couldn’t update this location instead of building way up near 401. That will leave downtown Kingston with only the small Screening Room. That’s a shame. Downtown Windsor recently lost it only cinema location, ironic since both Windsor & Kingston downtowns are close to their respective universities, which I’m sure makes up a good portion of their audience.
I know Jason, I always hoped to make it here too. I love the marquee out front and on Google streetview have gone around to the back where it appears that there is the original building and an add on to the north of it. They have a marquee back there too.
By the way, LOVE LOVE the photos you posted awhile back showing the late great Uptown in Toronto, OMG I miss that place. Now there is an art deco looking condo building on the site called…The Uptown. I especially love the photo taken from the front and above, showing the tall Uptown sign, and the entrance leading from the main doors, up over the alleyway to the main huge Uptown building with the great black roof. That is exactly the view from my nephew’s former apartment when he lived in the tower of the Hudson’s Bay Centre.
Before this theatre closes when the new Empire opens, can someone tell me how this was divided from one single theatre in to 7?? I’ve always wondered how 7 screens were fit in to the original.
I love all your uploads Mike, where do you find them without having to go to a library and look on microfilm?
I thought Rideau Centre was opened by Famous Players and only became Cineplex when they took over FP? Then were sold to Empire when Cineplex had to divest itself of certain locations.
What a shame. Looks like a great theatre, several photos of it on cinematour.com
This theatre should be listed as open, it re-opened on November 18 with the latest Twilight movie. One screen open so far.
LOVE that photo of the Tivoli Jon! I’ve often wondered if FP had booked “The Sound of Music” in to the Tivoli instead of the Eglinton, would it have survived a few more years. After all, the Tivoli was once the “home of Todd-ao” and TSOM was in glorious Todd-ao. I thought at the time it was a shame to have closed it since it had such a wonderful run as a major roadshow house. Why couldn’t they run it as they did with the Imperial-Yorkdale-Golden Mile-Runnymede and maybe had the Tivoli with the Capitol-Birchcliff-Westwood…
Status for this should be open. It re-opened on November 18 with the latest “Twilight” movie. From the showtimes, it appears that only one of the screens is open at this time, no word on when the other one will open.
Boy is the photo and map location ever off for this theatre-the Skyway 6. It was at 25 Carlson Court at Dixon Rd and Hwy 27, nowhere near Airport Rd & Derry. This should be changed and updated.
Yes, that was the Skyline Cinemas, in what was then the Skyline Hotel. It is listed here under Skyline and opened in 1971 and closed in 1991.
Me too Techman707, one of my favourite musicals!
Stockholm IS in Sweden Ken, NOT Denmark!
David, I loved it. It brought back so many memories of when we went to many roadshows when I was a kid here in Toronto. What an event it seemed to be with the souvenir books, the overture before the beginning and then the eventual parting of the curtains. Thanks again, and enjoyable and memorable read.
I think the only reason they dropped One Bloor is because it was no longer Famous Players but Cineplex, who already has the Varsity. What gets me is that at one time Famous Players had ALL the theatres at Yonge/Bloor/Bay except the Varsity. (cumberland4, university, plaza twin, towne cinema, uptown 5) So why Cineplex couldn’t have 2 complexes a block apart is beyond me. The Varsity could have become a classy art house and the new one more Hollywood fare.
Famous Players had all kinds of plans that never came to be. They were going to build a new Imperial Six in the basement of the Ryrie Bldg at Yonge and Shuter, a new University 9 in the complex that replaced the University using the facade and old entrance. And ultimately a new 10 screener at Yonge & Bloor to replace the Uptown in what is now becoming the condo One Bloor E. Too bad that one didn’t get built before the merger. Somewhere I have newspaper articles on all of these announcements.
At one time years ago, Famous Players was considering re-developing it’s Hollywood site at Yonge & St Clair in to a multiplex. Instead however they built Silvercity at Yonge & Eglinton. Too bad since we would have that one where the Hollywood was and the Canada Square up at Eglinton.
Same with Chicago. They still have the Logan, Davis, Century Centre and other neighbourhood theatres open. I always thought that there were other parts of Toronto that should have theatres too. Like Liberty Village seems to be an area that could have one. I miss theatres in the Eglinton/Avenue rd area as well as the Yonge/St Clair area. For some reason, Danforth hasn’t been able to support one but I wish there were more like the Beach Cinemas around town, not too big, 4-6 screens with all the bells and whistles. Miss the Bayview Village cinemas too, seemed perfect, just the right size too. And have always always found it puzzling why there is not ONE cinema of any size in southern Mississauga, south of the QEW where I grew up. If you want to go to a move, you have to go way up to Square One area or drive several miles east to the Queensway.