Silvercity Yorkdale

3401 Dufferin Street,
Toronto, ON M6A 2T9

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rivest266
rivest266 on July 31, 2014 at 8:24 am

Place Ville Marie is an large office complex with a large shopping concourse like the TD Center in Toronto.

CPP
CPP on April 22, 2014 at 11:28 am

Just looing for clarification, I have been doing quite a bit of reading of the old Box Office magazines and I have a copy of the article that says Nat Taylor opened a twin theatre in the Place Ville Marie shopping promenade in Montreal in 1962. Same opening date as listed for opening of that theatre on this web site. Was the Place Ville Marie not considered a shopping mall?

rivest266
rivest266 on March 5, 2014 at 2:44 pm

June 25th, 1999 grand opening ad in photo section.

SilverPlaqueVII
SilverPlaqueVII on February 7, 2014 at 11:44 am

The theatre name is actually SilverCity Yorkdale and is currently managed by Cineplex.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on February 10, 2013 at 5:58 pm

This theatre was built by Nat Taylor’s Twentieth Century Theatres in 1964. Twentieth Century Theatres was a partner affiliate of Famous Players Canadian Corporation, but Nat Taylor had the management rights and the right to book these theatres!! Probably one of the first theatres to have an escalator to take you down to the main level of the theatres!!

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 9, 2012 at 9:09 pm

If the information on the Rivest site is correct, The original Yorkdale Theatres opened along with the rest of the original Yorkdale Mall in 1964. It was one of the earliest, if not the earliest, purpose-built twin theatres in Canada. As Tim Elliot noted, one theatre was referred to as the Yorkdale Theatre and was the larger of the two; the other was the Yorkdale Cinema (you can see this fact in the signage in the black and white photo). This may have been a reflection of the fact that originally, the theater was a joint venture between Famous Players and 20th Century Theatres, with perhaps each company responsible for one of the two theatres.

In 1980, the Yorkdale Theatre was split in half. In 1986, three screens were added in an addition to the building; at some point around that time, Famous Players absorbed 20th Century.

The Yorkdale 6 closed in 1999 when the SilverCity 10 opened; was the SilverCity a new build or did it incorporate at least part of the space occupied by the Yorkdale 6? If it was a completely new build, the Yorkdale 6 should probably have its own listing.

telliott
telliott on January 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I love all your uploads Mike, where do you find them without having to go to a library and look on microfilm?

rivest266
rivest266 on January 7, 2012 at 11:40 am

I uploaded the February 25th, 1964 grand opening ad for both the Theatre and Cinema. The Theatre is an Famous Players and the Cinema is an 20th Century Theatres. I also uploaded the 1986 ad as a six-plex. the border text reads 3+3=Yorkdale 6

telliott
telliott on April 15, 2004 at 11:13 am

Depends on what you think is old Chad, I’m 52 now so I was 12 when the mall and theatres opened. We went there alot when it opened.

edward
edward on March 1, 2004 at 9:34 am

Original ad for Yorkdale opening lists the theatre as a twin:
http://rivest266.tripod.com/toronto/u.html

cirish
cirish on February 29, 2004 at 8:27 pm

Well if you where living in the Yorkdale area back then in 1964, then you must be a pretty old man now Tim Elliot.

TimElliott
TimElliott on October 16, 2003 at 5:45 pm

Sorry Chad but if you check the movie pages of February 1964, you will see that the Yorkdale opened as a twin cinema, The Yorkdale and Yorkdale Cinema. The shopping centre opened in Feb 1964 and the twin cinemas opened then. I was there.

ChadIrish
ChadIrish on August 19, 2002 at 10:24 am

Sorry Tim, But your got your story wrong. The Yorkdale was just a single screen movie theater when it opened in December of 1963. It was never twinned until 1979 or 1980. I dont remember them adding anymore screens until 1986.

TimElliott
TimElliott on April 13, 2002 at 4:37 pm

The Yorkdale actually opened as a Twin in 1964, the larger one called the Yorkdale and the smaller was Yorkdale Cinema. It was later expanded to 3 and then six and closed when the new Silvercity opened.