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.

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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 in 1968, it was refurbished and reopened 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. When it closed in August 1989, it had briefly been re-named the New Edinburgh Cinema for the previous four months. 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 theater space.

Contributed by pj

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touraine32 on December 25, 2009 at 12:22 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 2:55 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 on August 2, 2015 at 7:16 pm

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

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