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Looks like the curtain has finally come down for the Metro:
In the book Xerox Ferox, writer Jimmy McDonough describes the Cameo as being the “most extreme” theatre he ever set foot in, describing it as “Calcutta with four walls and a movie screen.” (pg. 147)
See the photo section for the ad announcing the original theatre’s opening on Aug. 5, 1970.
Opened March 20th, 1970.
This entry needs to be updated to include the Uptown Backstage 1 & 2, two additional screens operating on the other side of the building, that opened on May 20th, 1970. I will add an advertisement for the opening to the photo section.
Article about a conflict between the owners of the cinema:
Both the interior and exterior of the theatre are featured in the Chuck Norris thriller HERO AND THE TERROR (1988).
The drive-in installed a Christie digital projector and began its new life as a digital venue on April 5th, 2013 with a double feature of OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN and THE CALL.
It has been announced that, starting Feb. 1st, 2013, there will be a name change to Big Picture Cinemas. The new website URL is http://www.bigpicturecinema.com/
The two locations will be known as Big Picture Gerrard (the address noted above) and Big Picture Metro, the old Metro Theatre. Not clear yet whether there will be another attempt to introduce mainstream programming into the Metro, whose Cinema Treasures listing is here:
The attempt to add mainstream programming to the Metro was a predictable failure. While horror and schlock audiences may have been willing to attend a dumpy old porn theatre, no one else was. During the fall of 2012, the Metro advertised a series of mainstream movies, but it was not clear how many of them were even shown. I stopped by at the beginning of November for the advertised “Pythonfest” screenings of MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL and LIFE OF BRIAN only to be told that, no, the theatre was showing porn that night. When I called the Projection Booth the next day for an explanation, I was told that the house belonging to the Metro’s owner had been robbed, thus he wasn’t at the theatre that night and the other person there (some older guy named Warren) didn’t know how to run the digital projector, hence them showing porn instead. Bizarre. At any rate, as of January 2013, the Metro is still listed on the Projection Booth’s website, but nothing is scheduled, so it is presumably back to its all-adult programming.
Backing up the previous comments, you can see in this video that the theatre is indeed closed:
Article on the behind-the-scenes financial issues that brought about the theatre’s demise:
Address: 166 High St, Southampton, Ontario N0H 2L0, Canada
There were only two screens at the Odeon (it was twinned in 1978), not three as listed above.
The re-opening as the Credit Cinema took place on June 10th, 1971 with a double feature of HOW TO SUCCEED WITH SEX and NAKED AND FREE.
The above listing should be adjusted to reflect that there are now four screens operating at the Humber.
The theatre’s website is here:
The Odeon closed in February of 1990, a few months after a five screen Cineplex-Odeon multiplex opened in Stone Road Mall. A ten screen Galaxy multiplex opened in 2004 and the Stone Road mall cinemas closed in 2005. As of this writing (Sept. 2012), a second eight screen Galaxy theatre is currently under construction.
Article on the theatre’s forthcoming closure in September: http://tinyurl.com/8e4sjn9
Another article on the revamped theatre, which is now scheduled to re-open on Aug. 24/12:
The website for the new incarnation of the theatre is located here:
Renovations and a format change are underway with the theatre re-opening on Aug. 17th, 2012:
More info at bottom of page. Sounds ugly:
So bizarre. The older Facebook page had this posted today (July 17th):
“The Humber Cinema is no longer operated by the Kingsway Theatre – the owner(landlord) – Claude Bitton – of the Humber has hijacked our business and locked us out of the building.The Humber Cinema was renovated by the Kingsway Theatre and paid for by our corporation.”
As of July 14th. 2012, the Humber is now closed again. No details yet as to why.
A 2009 article on the Gerrard:
And a 2011 one: