Towne Cinema

5 Beechwood Avenue,
Ottawa, ON K1L

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March 1955 photo courtesy of the Lost Ottawa Facebook page, via the City of Ottawa Archives, CA037292.

The Linden Theatre was opened on August 25, 1947 with Bing Crosby in “The Bells of St. Mary’s”. All seating was on a single level.

Taken over by the 20th Century Theatres chain, it was refurbished and reopened on July 12, 1968 as the Towne Cinema, initially a first run house. After five years, it was taken over by independent management and became a popular repertory house. It was renamed New Edinburgh Cinema from May 1989 until it closed in August 1989. The repertory house moved to the site of the Nelson Theatre on Rideau street and renamed the Bytowne Cinema, which is still there.

A drug store now occupies the original movie theatre space.

Contributed by pj

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

touraine32
touraine32 on December 25, 2009 at 3:22 pm

I used to pay 25 cents to see five movies at the Linden. The crowd was always very rowdy. Often, in the winter, drunks from the El Ropo Tavern (at Beechwood and Charlevois — where the Shell Service Station stands today) would pay their 25 cents to enter the Linden and stay warm. Once, during a Three Stooges marathon, I asked the girls sitting on the row in front of us to shut up so that I could hear the movie, and one of them turned around and punched me in the face, knocking out one of my front teeth. Such fond memories!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 31, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Seems like the Theatre never change playing movie such as “SUDDENLY A WOMAN”.It play “ROSEMARY’S BABY” first run.Maybe the Crowd for “MARY” was a moviegoing crowd and not a fighting one,touraine32.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on August 2, 2015 at 10:16 pm

Great exterior photo added, courtesy of the Lost Ottawa Facebook page, via the City of Ottawa Archives, CA037292.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 27, 2018 at 7:26 pm

This opened as Linden on August 25th, 1947 and reopened as Towne on July 12th, 1968 as it was taken over by 20th Century Theatres. In 1973 sold to Germain Cadieux and tried to switch to French movies, but the Montréal suppliers refused to book them and switched into a repertory policy. Renamed New Edinburgh in May 1989 and closed August in the same year.

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