Odeon Burlington Theatre

2013 Lakeshore Road,
Burlington, ON L7P

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relayerone on May 7, 2015 at 3:04 pm

It would seem the old Odeon/Hume auditorium was demolished at some point. The front facade is indeed a retail operation but looking at Google Earth only a small part of the auditorium remains.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 25, 2015 at 10:39 am

The Hume Theatre was built in 1931. This item is from the January 18, 1931 issue of The Film Daily:

“Burlington, Ont. — Plans are in progress for the erection of a $25,000 theater here by Rex Hume. Geo. T. Evans of Hamilton, Ont., is the architect.”
Rex Hume came to Burlington in 1924 to operate the Crystal Theatre, which he had recently bought, according to research by Peggy Armstrong of the Burlington Historical Society. Architect George Thomas Evans had his office in Hamilton, but resided in Burlington for at least part of his life, having designed a house for himself there in 1928. He was known primarily for designing churches and schools.

gevans on October 30, 2013 at 5:55 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.

Roddy on September 2, 2008 at 12:00 pm

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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CSWalczak on June 17, 2008 at 7:49 am

A picture of the theatre as the Hume in 1946 from the Ontario Archives:

magic on August 28, 2005 at 7:07 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.

magic on November 28, 2004 at 1:18 pm

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.

JimRankin on May 27, 2004 at 2:18 am

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.

ChadIrish on April 27, 2002 at 10:37 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.

ChadIrish on April 11, 2002 at 4:07 am

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