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Ahh the Hyland. Another one of my favourites (with the Hollywood next door). I remember growing up in the 60s when all of these places were still single screen theatres (Hyland, Fairlawn, Runnymede, Humber, Uptown, Imperial etc) and my favourite spot was the front row of the balcony. And I remember the Westwood when it was one big theatre before they added on the Westwood “Cinema” in 1968…those were the days.
I always thought on Dundas in the Cloverdale Mall area would have been a good spot. Or replace that awful Honeydale Mall with a SilverCity, that could have been a good site. Or they could have just built it on the Westwood site including that big empty property to the east of it. It could have been called SilverCity Westwood. I used to live in an apartment building on the 18th floor facing west (from 1980-93) and could see the Westwood from my balcony. Could look over and see how busy it was by checking out the parking lot.
I remember years ago writing to then Famous Players president John Bailey asking if they had any plans to build a new SilverCity in Etobicoke to replace all the closures (Westwood, Skyline, Skyway 6) and he said no but that the nearby Coliseum by Square One was open! Anyone knowing the Toronto area will know that the Coliseum is nowhere near central Etobicoke and you would definitely need a car to get there. He had actually given me bus routes to get there. It would take ages to get to Square One by bus. Anyway while North York and Scarborough got several new multiplexes, Etobicoke only got the Queensway 18 which is beautiful, but it’s more or less in Southern Etobicoke so between that and the Woodbine Centre in the north, there is nothing in the central area
I remember after the Canada Square 8 opened, the big pictures would open at the York, stay a few weeks or more and then move over to Canada Square to continue their run, sometimes lasting weeks. It was the perfect set up. Yes, of all the theatres we’ve lost over the years, the York is one of the ones I really miss. But at least it was open for over 30 years, which is longer than the magnificent Odeon Carlton, which lasted for only about 25.
I recently heard something about a condo called The Madison will be built on the south side of Eglinton taking up the whole block, so alas the once beautiful original Odeon York will be coming down. That is why the Yorkville Club broke it’s lease early. Saw a lot of great pictures there at the York, a lot of them in 70MM in the big York 1 upstairs. Loved that curved glass enclosed staircase that led up and down to the cinemas from the main lobby.
This is exactly what happened to the Cineplex Odeon Fairview 9 in St Catharines. The mall kicked them out to build a Winners store. Cineplex said at the time they didn’t want to leave the mall. This happened a few years ago, you would think that Cineplex would have found another location to replace it, especially in the northern part of the city, north of the QEW where the Fairview was located. I wonder if they will re-build in this part of Richmond, or just go with the Silvercity Riverport there.
Well said Michael. Thank you.
I remember I was so shocked when Sherway Gardens mall across the street from here opened in 1971 and didn’t have a theatre in it. By that time there were several malls in the Toronto area that had at least one screen, or twins but Sherway never did. That’s why it was so exciting when this was opened in 1987 with 9 screens! Which was a lot in those days.
I sure hope so. Too bad they couldn’t add more screens. That would be great at this location considering all the screens that used to be in the area.
I agree…miss this place a lot. I preferred the large, open lobby here than at the Queensway cinemas that replaced this. Also the convenience to Sherway Gardens across the street was great. This would have made a terrific discount house and who knows, it might still be there. Too bad Rainbow didn’t get a crack at this since all their other local cinemas are former Cineplex Odeons.
Sounds interesting. Tried to find the article on their web site, however only the current edition comes up.
Terrific! Can’t wait! Never thought it should have closed in the first place.
A real shame this theatre was lost. I was in it only twice after it had been triplexed, but still found the lobby and cinema 1 quite lovely. Very reminiscent of the main floor of the Runnymede which is now a quite successful Chapters bookstore. I have always thought in this neighbourhood in Greektown, it would have made a great banquet hall/event theatre which would have kept the ambiance of the theatre. Another lost treasure as far as I’m concerned.
Do you think this place will ever re-open? It’s been in the works for so long now since being announced last August. Just wondering.
Jon, I remember that so well that sometimes the Nortown was in the 20th Century ads or most of the time the Famous Players ads. I also remember that 20th Century usually changed films on Wednesdays, Odeon on Thursdays and Famous Players and Loews on Fridays. Ahhh those were the days. Do you remember when the 2 companies (Famous Players and 20th Century) more or less merged? After that they were all in the Famous Players ads.
Loved the Nortown! Saw many a Disney film there when I was a child. It also had a lot of roadshow reserved seat move overs from the University. Too bad it was closed so early, could have gone on for years.
What IS it about this area that can’t support this venue as either a movie theatre or live performance venue!?? It’s a very popular part of town, Greektown/Riverdale and once had this one, then known as the Century, the Palace (which was turned in to 3 by Famous Players in ‘82, and only lasted 5 yrs) and the Odeon Danforth. This Music Hall was even part of the very successful Festival chain for a few years and even THAT didn’t work! Don’t people in this area go to the movies or concerts?? I just don’t get it about this place. The Kingsway, Revue, Royal came back..the Fox never left and the Humber is coming back. WHY not here??!!
Yes there was also a Cineplex Odeon Station Square at the same time, so that must be the one in cinematour. It closed and the FP one still survives.
I remember reading in my local newspaper that it will probably be torn down this spring, so we shall see. Imagine all the movies that could have played there these last 12 years! Such a shame. The Kingsway is back open, the Humber is re-opening, I’m sure the Westwood could have worked too.
TIFF had nothing to do with the Uptown. It was owned and operated by Famous Players and they were the ones that refused to spend the cash. It was just one of the many cinemas used by TIFF for the festival. Thanks for the Canucks insults.
Congratulations! Wonderful site, I go in to it several times a day.
You are right CW, how do these pages just disappear?
Can’t find this one on the Google satellite either. Where is it in the mall?