Golden Mile Plaza Theatre

1806-1880 Eglinton Avenue East,
Scarborough, ON M1L 2L5

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Golden Mile Plaza Theatre

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The Golden Mile Theatre opened its doors on October 14, 1954 at 6:45pm for it’s first features "Up In Arms" starring Danny Kaye and "Our Very Own" starring Anne Blythe & Farley Granger.

It was located near the east end of the Golden Mile Plaza, intersection of Eglinton Avenue East and Pharmacy Avenue.

When opened the theatre was advertised to have a modern refreshment bar, luxurious air-foam seats, scientific air conditioning, spacious lounges, smoking loges, CinemaScope and last but not least, hearing aids.

Originally one large theatre, it was renovated during the 1970’s to provide two theatres, to the plans of architect Mandel Sprachman.

The Golden Mile Theatre was one of the last businesses operating in the plaza before it was redeveloped.

The Golden Mile Plaza, an entire block of businesses (the retail showpiece of Scarborough when it opened in 1953) was demolished and replaced with a Loblaws Supercentre development in the early-1990’s.

The SuperCentre building remains as of this posting, July 2008.

Contributed by Jeremy Hopkin

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 14, 2010 at 10:33 am

An article about the Golden Mile Theatre appeared in Boxoffice of August 6, 1955. There are several photos. The article failed to give the name of the architect.

Photos of the Golden Mile after its coversion to a twin appeared in Boxoffice of September 18, 1978. The architect for the conversion was Mandel Sprachman.

jennnnn
jennnnn on October 6, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Hi Joe,

I am currently doing a research paper on the history of this theatre. Unfortunately the links you posted are no longer working, and I can’t seem to find this information myself. Could you possibly point me in the right direction?

Just out of curiosity, did you ever visit the Golden Mile?

Thanks for your help, Jen

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on February 4, 2013 at 12:07 am

This theatre was operated as a partnership of the mall owners and Famous Players Canadian Corporation. Eventually Famous Players took it over 100%. I attended a movie there in 1976 called “The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane.” This theatre was dualled nicely, but it wasn’t that special.

rivest266
rivest266 on March 6, 2014 at 12:36 am

October 14th, 1954 grand opening ad in photo section

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