Comments from JCharles

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JCharles commented about Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Aug 7, 2014 at 4:40 pm

The theatre switched from running censored pornography as the Eden to first run movies as the Bloor on March 16, 1979. It later became a repertory house, while retaining the Bloor name, and that is how most Toronto cinephiles remember it most fondly.

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JCharles commented about Metro Theatre on Aug 2, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Article on the Metro’s sale and the plans the new owner has for the site:

http://www.torontolife.com/informer/toronto-real-estate/2014/05/30/someone-paid-2-9-million-metro-theatre-wants-turn-gym/

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JCharles commented about Clay Theatre on Jun 9, 2014 at 10:35 pm

“The twin-screen, two-story theater concluded its comeback run on Saturday evening with a screening of ‘The Monuments Men.’”

The theatre was showing this a month after it hit DVD? Were they still running 35mm? If so, I’d imagine that was a major reason for their decision.

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JCharles commented about AMC Interchange 30 on May 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Looks like AMC may have finally pulled the plug on this place. As of today (May 9th, 2014), there are no movie listings available anywhere for the theatre and the showtimes phone number (416-335-5323) is no longer working.

If the Interchange 30 has indeed closed, their final line-up was:

2 States, About Last Night, American Hustle, Endless Love, Frozen, Gravity, Her, The LEGO Movie, The Monuments Men, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Non-Stop, Philomena, Ride Along, 300: Rise of an Empire,

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JCharles commented about Metro Theatre on Dec 29, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Looks like the curtain has finally come down for the Metro:

http://dailyxtra.com/toronto/news/metro-theatre-closed-good

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JCharles commented about Cameo Theatre on Dec 20, 2013 at 12:49 am

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)

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JCharles commented about Silvercity Fairview on Dec 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm

See the photo section for the ad announcing the original theatre’s opening on Aug. 5, 1970.

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JCharles commented about Ad for the opening of the Uptown Backstage on Sep 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Opened March 20th, 1970.

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JCharles commented about Uptown Theatre on Sep 22, 2013 at 7:56 pm

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.

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JCharles commented about Projection Booth on Jul 10, 2013 at 12:39 am

Article about a conflict between the owners of the cinema:

http://www.blogto.com/city/2013/04/projection_booth_cinema_mired_in_internal_conflict/

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JCharles commented about Wiltern Theater on Apr 24, 2013 at 1:41 am

Both the interior and exterior of the theatre are featured in the Chuck Norris thriller HERO AND THE TERROR (1988).

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JCharles commented about Mustang Drive-In on Apr 7, 2013 at 7:35 pm

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.

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JCharles commented about Projection Booth on Jan 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm

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: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/896

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JCharles commented about Metro Theatre on Jan 15, 2013 at 12:57 pm

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.

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JCharles commented about Rolling Acres Cinema on Nov 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Backing up the previous comments, you can see in this video that the theatre is indeed closed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vcgFkJ9RBI

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JCharles commented about Toronto Underground Cinema on Nov 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Article on the behind-the-scenes financial issues that brought about the theatre’s demise:

http://www.thegridto.com/culture/film/why-the-toronto-underground-cinema-really-closed/

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JCharles commented about Esquire Theatre on Oct 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Address: 166 High St, Southampton, Ontario N0H 2L0, Canada

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JCharles commented about Odeon Theatre on Oct 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm

There were only two screens at the Odeon (it was twinned in 1978), not three as listed above.

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JCharles commented about Vogue Theatre on Sep 25, 2012 at 2:53 am

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.

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JCharles commented about Humber Cinema on Sep 23, 2012 at 8:16 pm

The above listing should be adjusted to reflect that there are now four screens operating at the Humber.

The theatre’s website is here: http://www.humbercinemas.com/

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JCharles commented about Odeon Theatre on Sep 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm

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.

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JCharles commented about Toronto Underground Cinema on Aug 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Article on the theatre’s forthcoming closure in September: http://tinyurl.com/8e4sjn9

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JCharles commented about Metro Theatre on Aug 17, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Another article on the revamped theatre, which is now scheduled to re-open on Aug. 24/12: http://tinyurl.com/crqscjd

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JCharles commented about Metro Theatre on Aug 9, 2012 at 9:11 pm

The website for the new incarnation of the theatre is located here: http://www.projectionbooth.ca/#!PB%20Metro%20Home/cee5

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JCharles commented about Metro Theatre on Aug 4, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Renovations and a format change are underway with the theatre re-opening on Aug. 17th, 2012:

http://tinyurl.com/bshcwxd