Cinema At The Toronto Dominion Centre

King Street and Bay Street,
Toronto, ON M5H

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ScreenClassic on March 4, 2014 at 7:21 pm

The auditorium inside this venue looks much like a larger-scale version of Vancouver’s recently-departed Denman Place Cinema, which likewise began life as a Famous Players house when it opened in 1969.

rivest266 on March 4, 2014 at 4:41 pm

October 27th, 1967 grand opening ad in photo section.

DavidDymond on January 27, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Place Ville Marie Cinemas in Quebec, were part of Famous Players Canadian Corporation, through Twentieth Century Theatres, one of their operating partners and then later they were operated by United Amusement another partnership of Famous Players!!

MarkNYLA on January 27, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Been wracking my brains for years trying to recall the name of this place, where I remember seeing “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid” on the first of many visits I’ve made to Toronto. I remember the projectionist was a young man with longish hair, mustache and wire-rim glasses, as befits the era. He let me look into the booth, which was down at mezzanine level. Is it true that this theatre is still there, behind locked doors?

rivest266 on January 27, 2014 at 1:39 pm

The cinema’s lobby looked like the reception of the fancy law firms.

rivest266 on December 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Famous Players was trying to copy Montreal’s Place Ville Marie Cinemas, which was a twin in a office complex built in 1962.

DavidDymond on November 6, 2012 at 10:55 am

Famous Players Theatres had very few theatre failures. The Cinema at the TD Centre in Toronto was one of them. Even it’s name “THE CINEMA” reeks of elitism. Built in the basement of one of Toronto’s largest and earliest office towers in the financial district, what Famous Players couldn’t understand was that people who worked there all day wouldn’t likely go back downtown to see a movie there at night. Famous Players put a lot of money into this theatre, and some of the expensive lobby furnishings, etc. were over the top.

Andrew_Dykstra on December 29, 2011 at 11:53 am

There was once a restrospective of Goldwyn movies and I saw “Dodsworth” with Walter Huston at that cinema. Those were the days when it was very difficult to see classic movies in Toronto.

AJOHMSS on December 22, 2010 at 8:37 pm

I loved this theatre.
Surprisingly quiet considering all the streetcars along King Street.

Saw “Bonnie & Clyde” there in 1968 and “The French Connection” in 1972.

Many others that I can’t quite remember.