Cinecity

6 Charles Street East,
Toronto, ON M4Y 1T2

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Cinecity

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The Cinecity Cinema was located at the corner of Yonge Street and Charles Street East in Toronto. It opened in a former post office building in 1966 and had 260 seats.

The Cinecity Cinema showed mainly art and foreign films, with art work on show on the walls.

Sadly the Cinecity Cinema closed in 1975. Part of the building is now a Starbuck’s.

Contributed by Chad Irish

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scruffywilber
scruffywilber on January 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Yes you are right the even numbers are on the north side of the street.

I wonder if they renumbered the street at some time because the old “Postal Station F” dates from the late 1800s.

So the cinema couldn’t have been there.

telliott
telliott on January 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Well from the Google satellite shot at the NE corner, it looks like the old building is still there. I’ll have to drive by one of these days and see.

scruffywilber
scruffywilber on January 22, 2010 at 6:33 pm

The old Post Office Building is still there.
I guess the cinema was in the Post Office building.
It just didn’t look suitable to me.
The front of the building contains a 24hr McDonalds.

telliott
telliott on January 23, 2010 at 4:46 am

Yes, that’s the one. The entrance for the cinema was at the east end of the building on Charles St. and the screen would have been on the west side facing Yonge St.

scruffywilber
scruffywilber on February 10, 2010 at 11:54 am

Here is a photo I took on Monday February 8th 2010 of the building Cinecity was located in.

http://i47.tinypic.com/oqzszm.jpg

I have established now that the building was erected in 1905.

telliott
telliott on February 10, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Yup, that’s the one. The cinema entrance was where the yellow awning is on Charles St.

coasternut
coasternut on July 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm

My one and only trip to Cinecity was to see the Beatles Yellow Submarine at a midnight showing. The projectionist ran the sound through all the speakers to make up for the mono sound and I was truly amazed at how large the screen was for such a small theatre. The only artwork I saw on the walls was posters for upcoming movies.

sierra
sierra on July 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Yup, telliott is right on the money here about location and direction of screen. I saw Gimme Shelter at Cinecity about 7 times from 1973-1974. It always ran Friday nights at midnight I believe. Steady crowd with a decent lineup outside the Charles St entrance. Great movie if you could see it through the smoke.

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on November 7, 2013 at 6:20 am

The description of Cinecity as having Italian renaissance elements in the lobby and auditorium is totally inaccurate. And it’s also not now, and never was, a “high class Italian restaurant.” I should know: I worked for Filmcanada presentations (located directly across the street from Cinecity) the company that owned and operated this cinema.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on November 7, 2013 at 7:41 am

CINECITY was an experimental theatre owned and operated by Barry Allen of Premier Operating Company (a Famous Players associate)!! The newspaper ads for the Cinecity were ALWAYS located in the Premier Operating section of the newspaper. This theatre was equipped with custom made Famous Players Axminister woven carpet type: Red Dot on Red. If that doesn’t show it’s Famous Players Canadian Corporation pedigree I don’t know what else I can tell you!!!

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