400 Drive-In

Highway 400 and Highway 7 W,
Vaughan, ON L4L 9J8

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The 400 Drive-In was located at Highway 400 and Highway 7 W.

It opened July 22, 1954 with Susan Hayward in “White Witch Doctor”. Originally a single screen, it expanded to three screens in 1978. It closed in 1997 and was demolished in 1998 to make way for the Famous Players Colossus movie theater and IMAX, as well as fast food outlets.

Famous Players owned the 400 Drive-In, which had space for 1,350 cars.

Contributed by Chad Irish

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waicus
waicus on December 5, 2007 at 8:18 pm

I was born, in Toronto, in 1952. We first lived on Maple Leaf drive near Jane and Lawrence. Then moved, in 1959, to Sheppard and Jane.

I know my parents brought me to the 400 as a baby often. They didn’t have much money, and with me sleeping in the back they knew everything would be OK.

Later, my cousins and I would go there in by aunt’s car almost every Saturday night. I remember so clearly playing on the swings in front of the theatre.

My movie life, up until I was able to drive on my own, was split between the Odeon Weston (Lawrence and Weston Road) and the 400.

I recall when the other screens where added. My parents would take my sister and brothers to see the main feature. I would sometimes turn around to look at the other two screens in the hope I’d see something “naughty” (adult rated). Never happened though.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 15, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Good stories Drive-in Girl and Assistantmanager.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 17, 2010 at 10:26 am

Nice marquee shot in the header.

William Mewes
William Mewes on July 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm

These are the correct coordinates.

http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll=43.788569,-79.543076&spn=0.008427,0.021007&z=16

The Drive-In has been replaced by the “Famous Players Colossus Toronto” however it should be noted that despite the word “Toronto” in the name this location is not actualy and has never been in Toronto it is in “Vaughan”

telliott
telliott on July 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm

I’ve always wondered WHY they list it as Colossus Toronto. When it first opened it was listed as Colossus Woodbridge which is part of Vaughan, but definitely NOT Toronto.

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on December 6, 2011 at 6:52 am

The 400 Drive-in was originally owned and operated by Nat Taylor’s 20th Century Theatres chain which was located at 175 Bloor St. E. in Toronto. He owned theatres all over Ontario including the Towne Cinema, the Uptown and the Glendale Cinerama in Toronto.

rivest266
rivest266 on March 4, 2014 at 4:29 pm

July 22nd, 1954 grand opening ad in photo section along with its aerial.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 14, 2018 at 3:54 am

Opened with White witch doctor. Demolished in 1998.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on January 8, 2020 at 2:38 pm

The Dec. 4 issue of Boxoffice ran a two-page spread, with photos, about the 400, focusing on how spread out it was. “Extra spaciousness has been provided between the speaker posts and extra depth between each ramp, allowing easier turns.”

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