Odeon Theatre

2013 Lakeshore Road,
Burlington, ON L7P

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The Odeon Theatre - 1950's

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The Hume Theatre opened on November 27, 1930. It was the first theatre in Burlington. It had 390 seats on the main level and 105 seats in the balcony.

It was later renamed the Roxy Theatre and lastly, when operated by Canadian Odeon Theatres it was renamed Odeon Theatre.

The Odeon Theatre was closed in November 1981 and converted into retail use.

Contributed by Chad Irish

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ChadIrish
ChadIrish on April 11, 2002 at 1:07 am

The Roxy theater in Burlington closed in 1980, not in 1960.

ChadIrish
ChadIrish on April 27, 2002 at 7:37 pm

I just found out some history about the “Roxy Theater” in Burlington & I know that It was located in The Downtown area & It open in 1949 & closed in 1960, not in 1980, that was the “Odeon Theatre”. But I could not find any more info on what street it was located on & I can’t find any photos of the “Roxy” in Burlington.

If anyone can help me with this problem, then please E-mail me @ – Thank you.

JimRankin
JimRankin on May 26, 2004 at 11:18 pm

It is amazing how many theatres are named ROXY in imitation of the once famous name of the New York City panjandrum of the movie palace: Samual Lionel Rothapfel = “Roxy”. His namesake was the famous ROXY THEATRE in NYC, which outlasted him by only 25 years when it was demolished in 1960. The whole story is in that landmark book “The Best Remaining Seats: The Story of the Golden Age of the Movie Palace” by the late Ben M. Hall in 1961. Various editions of it are sometimes available from www.Amazon.com, but only the first edition contains the color plates.

magic
magic on November 28, 2004 at 11:18 am

It has always been my understanding that the Roxy was renamed the Odeon. I have older siblings who will know for sure and I will let you know.

magic
magic on August 28, 2005 at 4:07 am

Hi: The Roxy was renamed The Odeon…my older brother and Sister remember the change. I went there when it was the Odeon dozens of times. It was located on the Lakeshore at the bottom of Brant street. There is a secret room there still, behind the little coffee shop. My friend’s daughter worked at the coffee shop and took her mother into the back to show her the remains of the old theatre.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on June 17, 2008 at 4:49 am

A picture of the theatre as the Hume in 1946 from the Ontario Archives:
http://ao.minisisinc.com/Webimages/I0011922.jpg

Roddy
Roddy on September 2, 2008 at 9:00 am

Actually the Hume wasn’t the first movie theatre the Crystal was, even though they were owned by the same man. The Crystal burned down in 1930 and the Hume was built on Lakeshore

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gevans
gevans on October 30, 2013 at 2:55 am

If you want to know all about the Crystal Theatre, a new book, Vanished Burlington, has a chapter about it, far its early days until it was destroyed by fire.

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