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ScreenClassic commented about Valley Drive-In on Aug 28, 2022 at 6:48 pm

The Valley Drive-In’s concession stand was still standing when I shot some photos of it in 1994 in its abandoned state. I’ll post those photos as soon as I can digitize them.

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ScreenClassic commented about Hyland Theatre on Aug 22, 2022 at 6:57 pm

And as shown by Mike Rivest’s ad, the Hyland became part of the Odeon chain from its reopening, then part of Cineplex Odeon in 1984.

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ScreenClassic commented about Yukon Theatre on Aug 17, 2022 at 4:05 pm

The former Yukon Cinema Centre was reopened by new owners on December 10, 2021 and is being leased by the Yukon Film Society for movie screenings:

Yukon Theatre reopening Dec. 10

With the takeover, the YFS has gone about restoring the theatre, starting with cleaning carpets and seating, replacing broken seats and fixing lighting. It has also restored the original Yukon Theatre name to the venue.

The YFS also has a long-term plan to remove the wall separating the two cinemas and adding in a larger screen to turn it back into a single theatre as it had originally been.

The YFS' website is below:

Yukon Film Society

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ScreenClassic commented about Cineplex Cinemas Mount Pearl on Aug 13, 2022 at 4:55 pm

Famous Players originally ran this theatre before Empire took it over.

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ScreenClassic commented about Landmark 8 London on Aug 13, 2022 at 4:52 pm

If luxury recliners have been put in as stated above, then the seating numbers are now less than half what they were (probably only 700-800 seats total) because of the amount of room the recliners take up.

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ScreenClassic commented about Towne Cinema 8 on Jul 25, 2022 at 4:29 pm

If the Towne’s been boarded up, that’s an indication that the closure could be permanent. We’ll just have to wait and see what the official word is.

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ScreenClassic commented about Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Jul 14, 2022 at 7:37 am

Wrong theatre. This is the Bloor Theatre that later became Lee’s Palace nightclub (and still is today), not the Bloor Theatre that became what is now the Hot Docs Cinema.

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ScreenClassic commented about Cinema de Paris - Montreal, QC on Jun 17, 2022 at 3:38 pm

That’s the original Cinema de Paris shown above (next to the Palace Theatre), not the one documented in this article (located next to Dunn’s Delicatessen further up the street).

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ScreenClassic commented about Odeon Champlain on Jun 13, 2022 at 2:57 pm

The above post by llgs is correct. A Google street view from November 2020 shows a vacant lot now where the Champlain once stood, so this theatre should be set to Demolished.

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ScreenClassic commented about 1960 photo credit Vintage Kingston. on Jun 4, 2022 at 1:25 am

The picture shown above is actually the Capitol Theatre in London, Ontario, not the one in Kingston.

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ScreenClassic commented about Welikoklad Event Centre on May 6, 2022 at 2:02 am

The Uptown Cinema Centre has since been reopened a few years back under the ownership of Red Deer Polytechnic and is now known as the Welikoklad Event Centre; one of the cinemas is still used for showing movies, while the rest of the building has been renovated for performing arts space and an art gallery. Here is the website:

Welikoklad Event Centre

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ScreenClassic commented about Cineplex Cinemas Orchard Plaza on Mar 21, 2022 at 9:39 am

I don’t know, I think that’d be up to Cineplex to decide.

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ScreenClassic commented about Humber Cinema on Mar 5, 2022 at 1:29 pm

This theatre should now be set to Demolished. A recent Google street view from November 2021 shows only the steel framework of the Humber now left.

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ScreenClassic commented about AD FOR "YOUNG PLAYTHINGS & CHANGES" - EDEN THEATRE on Mar 5, 2022 at 1:17 pm

Wrong theatre in this ad. That’s for what was then the Bloor Eden Theatre (now the Hot Docs Cinema), not the Eve.

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ScreenClassic commented about AD FOR "FAME" - TOWNE & COUNTRYE AND OTHER THEATRES on Mar 5, 2022 at 1:09 pm

The ad above does not include the Towne Cinema, but it has the Towne & Countrye, a different theatre in another part of Toronto.

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ScreenClassic commented about Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market on Mar 5, 2022 at 12:59 pm

Looking at this auditorium design and the wall decorations, I actually prefer this over the current trend of plain black boxes now being used by Cineplex and Landmark.

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ScreenClassic commented about Center Cinema on Mar 4, 2022 at 11:11 pm

New photo of the reopened Center Cinema added in the photo section.

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ScreenClassic commented about Center Cinema on Feb 22, 2022 at 5:10 pm

The Center Cinema is now officially back up and running:

Magic Lantern Theatres Center Cinema page

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ScreenClassic commented about Twin East Drive-In on Jan 31, 2022 at 12:30 pm

As indicated above by Mike Rivest, this was originally with 20th Century Theatres as the Twin Drive-In, then later went to Famous Players as the Famous 4 Drive-In after Famous Players absorbed 20th Century’s operations.

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ScreenClassic commented about Park Theatre on Jan 31, 2022 at 12:25 pm

As noted above by Spectrum (and confirmed by the Google Maps street view), this theatre should be set to Demolished. The former theatre site is now a parking lot for the nearby CIBC bank.

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ScreenClassic commented about Cinema 5, today, before Escape Room 2 on Jan 13, 2022 at 5:04 am

Now just another luxury recliner-seated black box under Landmark.

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ScreenClassic commented about Circa 1978 photo credit Mike Furlong. on Jan 8, 2022 at 5:18 pm

The photo shown above is not the Shaw/Rickshaw Theatre, which is on East Hastings. That’s actually the Golden Harvest Cinema (now the Imperial Cinema) on Main Street in the photo.

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ScreenClassic commented about Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Center on Dec 19, 2021 at 3:10 pm

Wasn’t the B&L chain a Famous Players operating partner at one point?

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ScreenClassic commented about CineStarz De Luxe Cavendish on Dec 4, 2021 at 10:47 pm

As part of the renovations, I’m betting that the existing seating will probably be replaced by luxury recliners, which will mean a 60% reduction in the amount of seating in the complex.

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ScreenClassic commented about Cineplex VIP Cinemas University District on Nov 17, 2021 at 4:38 pm

The seating numbers look and sound a lot like the Cineplexes of the Garth Drabinsky era, though the modern numbers have a lot to do with the fact that they’re using luxury recliners in those theatres now. If they still used traditional seating, the seating total for this theatre would more likely be between 800 and 900 seats.