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Carmike Theaters are not nice and are run on a shoestring budget.
This theatre was a B & F Theatre (Bloom & Fine). Sam Bloom and Sam Fine were partners of Famous Players Canadian Corporation. There were 3 three theatres pooled together — The Eastwood, the Prince of Wales, and one more. The operating company was called Danforth Woodbine Theatre Operating. W. A. Summerville was the owner of the Prince of Wales and vice-president of Famous Players. These theatres were joined together to prevent competition and maximize the profits!!
Mort Margolius was the Manager at this theatre during the war. During the war Queen Julianna of the Netherlands watched movies here. This theatre closed in the late 60’s. Closed circuit hockey broadcasts on a big screen EDIDOPHOR were tried out at this theatre!!
I visited this theatre many times when United Artists was operating it. Lovely COMFORTABLE auditoriums, extremely clean floors (tiles) under the seats — far nicer than any Carmike dump!
This theatre was a partnership arrangement with Famous Players Canadian Corporation!
The Capitol Theatre in Wallaceburg, Ontario was a Premier Theatre owned jointly by the Allen Family and Famous Players Canadian Corporation.
This theatre wasn’t up to much!!
Built and operated by Famous Players Canadian Corporation and their excellent management. The display ad might appeared in the Twentieth Century section of the newspaper, but it was 100% Famous Players operation. The last manager of this theatre was Phil Traynor on leave from the Imperial while being turned into the Imperial Six!!!
Back in the 60’s — the theatre owners DID NOT clean the theatres that is why they could schedule manymore showings than today!!
This was an atmospheric Famous Players Theatre. There are not too many atmospheric theatres on the west coast.
This theatre’s architect was B.Marcus Priteca for the Orpheum chain. However, very early on Famous Players Canadian Corporation obtained control of this theatre. Mr. N. L.Nathanson President and Founder of Famous Players Canadian said this opposition theatre should NEVER have been allowed to be built and if it had been in Ontario would NEVER have been built. Long time Manager of this theatre was the late Ivan Ackery!!!
This was the Capitol Theatre in Vancouver, Canada — a theatre built by Famous Players Canadian Corporation.The architect was none other than Thomas Lamb. The long time Manager of this theatre was the late Charlie Doctor!!
This was one of the old ABC Plitt Theatres that Cineplex took over with the purchase of Plitt Theatres!!!
Is Bill Cardinell still doing the DIGITAL PROJECTION at the Guelph Drive-In??
The Hollywood Theatre was built as a unit of Premier Operating Company, a Famous Players affiliate. In the late 50’s when Shea’s Theatre was torn down to make way for the new city hall, Famous Players desperately wanted the Hollywood so in 1959 Famous Players traded all the Kitchener/Waterloo theatres to Premier Operating in order to get exclusive control of The Hollywood.
This was just an old Twinex Theatre (Twentieth Century Theatres) that Famous Players closed as fast as they could. Twentieth Century Theatres were an operating partner of Famous Players Canadian Corporation. This was NEVER an important theatre!
Will Horwitz was an operating partner of Interstate Amusements a Paramount affiliate!
Within a few months of this place opening, we could see by the figures that this place just wasn’t going to make it. When they consider building theatres they do projections but if the projections are enhanced just to get the “go ahead” answer then failure later must be dealt with!!
VITO — I still play LET’S ALL GO TO THR LOBBY as a show starter — It’s real retro and our patrons also love it! I also use YUM YUM. The teenagers always thought the one where the hot dog slips into the bun was always suggestive!!
During the 50’s and 60’s the PLAZA THEATRE in SHAUNAVON got many many pictures ahead of theatres in larger markets like Swift Current because it was an associateof FAMOUS PLAYERS THEATRES!!
Hank Williams WON a talent contest back in the thirties at the Empire Theatre in BIRMINGHAM!!!
This theatre was built for Mr. Frederick Guest, a theatre operator from Ontario. After a few years of independent theatre operation, Famous Players Canadian Corporation acquired control of this theatre!!
This theatre’s first Manager was the late A. E. “Bert” Brown and they desired to get this theatre open in time for President John J.Fitzgibbon’s birthday. This theatre was one of the first theatres to have the modern hanging urinals and the Famous Players Head of Purchasing Jules Wolfe called down to Chicago and asked them when they were going “to have the hanging pisspots ready.” This theatre had NO right angles in it and was Famous Players most prestige theatre in downtown Toronto!!
Yes, Thorncliffe only lasted a few years. There was a theatre built in Forest Hill for the elite, called the Village Theatre and the candy bar business was operated on the honour system — and when the inventory was done it always came out OVER!!!! As to THE CINEMA AT THE TD Centre even the name was snobby and elitist and Famous Players spent a fortune on the lobby chairs, etc. Mr. Reuben Bolstad was President of Famous Players when the TD Cinema opened!