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This theatre was built and operated by Harold Warren and Famous Players Canadian Corporation. Harold Warren operated 3 other theatres in the Port Alberni area in association with Famous Players. Started the first radio station as well. Was involved in the Cable TV operation for Port Alberni as an associate of Famous Players as well.
I visited the Cineplex 24 at Yonge & Dundas the other day. The boxoffice set-up on the main floor is NO longer used and that boxoffice is covered over with brown paper. The cashiers sell the tickets on the theatre floor (4th floor) which is fine I guess. AMC made a deal with Ryerson University to use some of the theatres for their lectures. Apparently Cineplex is honouring that agreement. Here is my complaint. When I go to the theatre, I don’t expect to see 60 or 70 students sitting all over the floor like in high school. This DOES NOT create a good movie theatre atmosphere.
This theatre was built by Famous Players Canadian Corporation. N. L.Nathanson was the President of F.P.C.C. at this time!!
CINECITY was an experimental theatre owned and operated by Barry Allen of Premier Operating Company (a Famous Players associate)!! The newspaper ads for the Cinecity were ALWAYS located in the Premier Operating section of the newspaper. This theatre was equipped with custom made Famous Players Axminister woven carpet type: Red Dot on Red. If that doesn’t show it’s Famous Players Canadian Corporation pedigree I don’t know what else I can tell you!!!
MickeyDeez79 — You are correct the Empire brand was absolutely nothing compared to Famous Players. Empire were real cheap operators of theatres and they are finally getting out of the business. Empire Theatres actually started out as a partner of Famous Players in the Maritimes — Maritimes Theatres Limited as well as F. G. Spencer theatres Co. Limited.
I agree with Tinseltoes. How did the projection beam get around the chandlier in such a shallow house? Maybe the photograph is deceiving, but it certainly gives us good cause to wonder.
This theatre was NEVER up to much!!
This theatre was built by an independent, then Cineplex Odeon operated it for a while, then Norman Stern operated it for a few years and now another indie has it!!
This theatre was under the direction of Famous Players Canadian Corporation.
Litchfield operated a small 6 plex in Raleigh, North Carolina called Mission Valley. It was very nice but later United Artists Theatres took it over!!
The Classic Theatre in Cobalt, Ontario was owned and operated by Premier Operating Corporation, an operating partner of the dominant Famous Players Canadian Corporation circuit, and showed movies from the 20’s up to about 1970. This theatre was solely a movie house until about 15 years ago when it was thoroughly restored and used as a performing arts centre for the community. During the hey day of movies there were actually 3 movie theatres in Cobalt. Premier Operating (Famous Players) had another theatre called the Bijou which they kept closed and ready to re-open anytime should some fool decide to open as opposition to them!!
Look folks you need to understand a few things about AMC coming into the Canadian market. First off the Canadian market is very mature and was divided up years ago, there was absolutely NO chance for a 3rd large chain in the smaller tough Canadian market. Secondly. when AMC entered Canada, they hired a former executive of Famous Players to choose the locations for their new cinemas. They most always were put in locations head to head against Famous Players Canadian Corp. Thirdly, AMC was arrogant enough to build their theatres exactly like America, not considering that Canada is different in many ways. They DID NOT consider that Canada is a much much tougher country to operate in than United States. Finally, in Canada Famous Players and Cineplex Odeon had all the booking power unlike AMC, so AMC wasn’t able to get the best films like FPCC and Cineplex Odeon. THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF THIS WAS THAT AMC SHOULD NEVER NEVER HAVE ENTERED CANADA. When AMC was bought by the Asians, the very first thing they did was close or sell off their Canadian theatres. I hope you understand this now!!
Jason, well said. The original manager of this theatre was a veteran Famous Players manager from Victoria whose family owned lots of real estate and property in the Victoria area. When I get his name I will post it!
This CAPITOL THEATRE was opened by Famous Players Canadian Corporation in 1981.
The Paramount (formerly Daylight) in Saskatoon as well as the atmospheric Capitol Theatre were built and jointly operated by the Daylight Theatre Company Limited (owners Butler and Byers family) jointly with Famous Players Canadian Corporation. The Daylight Company was originally in partnership with the Allen Family. When the Allens went bankrupt, the receiver sold their interest in these theatres to Famous Players Canadian Corporation. The local families had to approve the sale.
Famous Players Canadian Corporation did build and operate this very plain triple theatre for a few years. Empire Theatres took this over when Cineplex bought Famous Players and had to divest of a few situations. Now that Cineplex has bought Empire Theatres, this will now be a Cineplex theatre. I don’t believe Cinelex will operate this theatre too long, because it is not modern enough for today’s ompetitive theatres. When Empire operated this they sold the tickets at the candy bar which is very low class.
The Rideau Theatre was just an old Twentieth Century Theatres dump!! When the Rideau would report the day’s business to the Capitol Square Cinemas, they would call in and say Rideau Dump calling. The Rideau was old run-down and not a great place to watch a movie!! Twentieth Century Theatres were operating partners of Famous Players Canadian Corporation who eventually bought out Twentieth Century Theatres in 1969.
It was said that old Dickie Dalhouse carried a gun.
Was one of the Famous Players Theatres at one time!!
Louis Novy was a partner of Interstate Theaters in the Paramount Theatre in Austin!
Western Mass. Theaters Inc. was an operating partner of Paramount-Publix Theaters Corporation!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DOROTHY!! I have seen pictures of you in BOXOFFICE magazine and I saw you in the movie that was made about the Loew’s Kings Theater in 1979. Loew’s was lucky to have a person of your calibre as one of their Managers!!
AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BIRTHDAY!!!
This theatre originally called The Studio, was a unit of Twenthieth Century Theatres, an operating partner of Famous Players Canadian Corporation!!
This drive-in and most of the others in Toronto area were owned and operated by Twentieth Century Theatres, an operating company in association with the great Famous Players Canadian Corporation Limited!!
The Bayview was operated by Twentieth Century Theatres which are NOT part of the FOX empire. Twentieth Century Theatres were operating partners of Famous Players Canadian Corporation, the company that controlled almost all important theatres in Canada!!