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DavidDymond commented about Prince of Wales Theatre on Mar 7, 2014 at 3:12 pm

B & F (Bloom and Fine) were important Famous Players partners controlling 20 luxurious neighbourhood theatres in Toronto!!!

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DavidDymond commented about Prince of Wales Theatre on Mar 6, 2014 at 4:06 pm

This theatre was built by W. A. Summerville, Sr. AND later jointly operated by the Summerville and Bloom and Fine Theatres under the name Danforth-Woodbine Theatres Limited. In effect this was a pooling arrangement between B & f AND Summerville.

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DavidDymond commented about Towne Cinema on Mar 2, 2014 at 9:41 am

Opened April 25 1949 not 1939. This theatre was owned by Nat Taylor’s wife and when she passed her son Michael Taylor (a friend of mine) inherited it. He told me that Famous Players paid him a rent of $1000.00 a day — 365 days a year — pretty good eh??

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DavidDymond commented about Parkway Drive-In on Mar 1, 2014 at 7:18 pm

This theatre was built by Odeon Theatres of Canada in partnership with Barry Allen of Premier Operating. The operating company was ALDEN THEATRES LTD the Al for Allen and the den for ODEON. The Odeon Don Mills (indoor) and the Odeo Elane (indoor) were also built and operated by this partnership.

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DavidDymond commented about Plaza Theatre on Mar 1, 2014 at 7:15 pm

This theatre opened in the spring of 1976 with All the President’s Men as one of its opening attractions. I attended this theatre week after its opening. Grant Millar was the first manager.

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DavidDymond commented about Famous Players Bramalea Cinemas on Mar 1, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Never expanded to 4 screens. Mike Wells was the first manager.

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DavidDymond commented about Rainbow Cinema Sudbury on Feb 25, 2014 at 6:12 pm

This theatre opened in 1971 by Famous Players Canadian Corporation. One-third owned by Twentieth Century Theatres, one-third owned by Famous Players and one-third owned by D.J. Mascioli of Timmins, Ontario. Upon N. A. Taylor’s retirement, Famous Players purchased the shares owned by Twentieth Century show latterly Famous had two-thirds and the Mascioli family one-third!!!

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DavidDymond commented about Capitol Theatre on Feb 14, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Built by Famous Players Canadian Corporation, later Premier Operating Corporation took over the operation of this theatre. Premier Operating was an operating partner of Famous Players.

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DavidDymond commented about Granada Theatre on Feb 14, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Built by United Amusements Corporation, an important affiliate of Famous Players Canadian Corporation!

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DavidDymond commented about Imperial Theatre on Feb 11, 2014 at 5:00 pm

In the top left corner is the serial number of this schedule. Form 1167-UPT. UPT stands for United Paramount Theatres!!!

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DavidDymond commented about Dreamland Theatre on Feb 11, 2014 at 2:29 pm

This theatre was operated by Famous Players Canadian Corporation with local partners Arnold Entwhistle and family.

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DavidDymond commented about Garneau Theatre on Feb 10, 2014 at 2:59 pm

This theatre was originally operated by the Famous Players Canadian Corporation right up to the late 90’s.

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DavidDymond commented about PALACE Theatre; Minneapolis, Minnnesota. on Feb 9, 2014 at 4:26 pm

This is the Palace Theatre SUPERIOR, Wisconsin

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DavidDymond commented about Cinema At The Toronto Dominion Centre on Jan 27, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Place Ville Marie Cinemas in Quebec, were part of Famous Players Canadian Corporation, through Twentieth Century Theatres, one of their operating partners and then later they were operated by United Amusement another partnership of Famous Players!!

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DavidDymond commented about Popular Mechanics May 1917 Page 735 on Jan 19, 2014 at 10:03 am

WOWZA Very interesting never heard of this one before. Of course I knew about Elgin & Wintergarden, Toronto, Japanese Garden, N. Y. Century and Valencia, Baltimore and the one in Newark.

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DavidDymond commented about Caprice Showcase Theatres on Jan 19, 2014 at 9:59 am

Jason — The number and quality of these photos show your love of this theatre. It was extremely well run and maintained. I too am sorry to see it go — most theatres built in that era certainly did not have screen curtains that opened and closed. That is a lost art.

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DavidDymond commented about Allen Theatre on Jan 18, 2014 at 6:26 pm

This theatre was owned and built for the theatre owning ALLEN family of TORONTO, Canada. Rapid over-expansion in the twenties caused the ALLEN THEATRES to go into receivership both in Canada and the United States. Their main competition in Canada, Famous Players Canadian Corporation squeezed them right out of business. The Allen family remained on as an operating partner of Famous Players right up until the mid-70’s!!!

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DavidDymond commented about Entrance View (1941) on Jan 16, 2014 at 2:59 pm

This theatre was operated by M & P (Mullin & Pinanski) which was a operating company of Paramount Pictures Inc.

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DavidDymond commented about Patricia Theatre on Jan 16, 2014 at 2:51 pm

This theatre was operated by Twentieth Century Theatres. an operating partner of Famous Players Canadian Corporation.

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DavidDymond commented about Empire Theatres Ottawa on Jan 6, 2014 at 10:37 am

The Rideau Centre built originally by Famous Players Canadian Corporation was a hole. In the last few months of its sorry existence, they sold the admission tickets right at the candy bar. I am sorry to see theWorld Exchange Plaza Cinemas CLOSED.

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DavidDymond commented about Pen Twin Theatre on Jan 4, 2014 at 8:44 am

This is NOT the Pen Theatre in Penetanguishine. This newspaper ad is for the Pen Centre Cinema in St. Catharines, Ontario.

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DavidDymond commented about Royal Theater on Dec 25, 2013 at 8:48 am

Lucas and Jenkins were Paramount Theatre Operating partners in the Atlanta territory. At one time they controlled the FOX theatre in Atlanta. Their descendents today own and operate Georgia Theatre Company.

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DavidDymond commented about Jackson Park Theatre on Dec 21, 2013 at 4:05 pm

You are absolutely correct — The Jackson Park lawsuit started the Federal government investigating Paramount Pictures and ALL their theatre operating partners. Thisled to the consent decree that required Paramount to reorganize and sell off a lot of their theatres. This is what ruined the motion picture industry for many years.

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DavidDymond commented about Loew's Theatre on Dec 16, 2013 at 7:43 pm

This theatre was originally built by a consortium of people for Loew’s but didn’t do very well — so Famous Players Canadian Corporation acquired this theatre in around 1927. The operating name was Mansfield Theatre Company.

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DavidDymond commented about Paramount Theatre on Nov 23, 2013 at 12:42 pm

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.