York Theatres 1 & 2

101 Eglinton East,
Toronto, ON M4P 1H4

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Not to be confused with an earlier York Theater that was on Yonge Street, this two-screen theatre opened in 1969 and closed in 2001. Since its closing it has served as a club venue and banquet hall, and by 2011 was a gym, which has closed.

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PeterD
PeterD on March 30, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Much as the York had good sound its picture was too small for my liking. Sound systems were calibrated 2/3 the way back and just off center at the time and if you were seated in the sweet-spot your field of view went beyond the masking on both sides. I found that quite off-putting and I preferred to see films elsewhere as a result. For anything in the Canadian Odeon chain (later C-O) I usually preferred the Hyland downstairs or Fairview #1, 2 or 6. For FP, it was obviously the Eglinton or Uptown 1.

igoudge
igoudge on March 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Unfortunately only was able to catch I think it was 2 screenings at the Hyland while I was in film school and dont remember too much either way as to how it presented (maybe it was just the film I saw in Ravenous that turned me off lol ). Total agreement for the presentation and sound for the Famous screens.

telliott
telliott on March 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Ahh the Hyland. Another one of my favourites (with the Hollywood next door). I remember growing up in the 60s when all of these places were still single screen theatres (Hyland, Fairlawn, Runnymede, Humber, Uptown, Imperial etc) and my favourite spot was the front row of the balcony. And I remember the Westwood when it was one big theatre before they added on the Westwood “Cinema” in 1968…those were the days.

telliott
telliott on March 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Ahh the Hyland. Another one of my favourites (with the Hollywood next door). I remember growing up in the 60s when all of these places were still single screen theatres (Hyland, Fairlawn, Runnymede, Humber, Uptown, Imperial etc) and my favourite spot was the front row of the balcony. And I remember the Westwood when it was one big theatre before they added on the Westwood “Cinema” in 1968…those were the days.

PeterD
PeterD on March 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Hollywood South was a good auditorium. North…not so much. The Hyland downstairs had a negative projection angle (sort of like a drive-in) and a very wide screen. I usually sat about 4 or 5 rows in front of the booth left of the aisle. I must have seen ET there a half-dozen times including opening night. I still remember lines for that going down the side alley and ‘round the back. Was a nice booth to work, too, though I didn’t like upstairs as much.

socal09
socal09 on June 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm

The marker on the Google map is in the wrong place. After closing, it served as a banquet/events hall for a while and is now a fitness centre called the Yorkville Club.

coasternut
coasternut on July 2, 2011 at 5:16 pm

The Yorkville Club has now been closed as the building is about to become a new condo complex along with the parking lot to the west of the theatre building.

telliott
telliott on May 28, 2012 at 10:28 am

This, one of my very favourite theatres has now been demolished, to make way for the Madison condominium complex. I have fond memories of this beautiful building, right from the beginning, went here a lot durning the 70s and 80s, saw many major releases here over the years. This was a first run showcase for the Odeon chain back then and have missed it since it’s closing. Farewell Odeon York!

igoudge
igoudge on June 23, 2012 at 7:15 am

Heard the news very recently they were finally going to be starting on clearing the site for the construction of the condos. Will be interesting to go back to the area to take a look to see how it is going along.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on February 10, 2013 at 5:55 pm

I really liked the Odeon York 1 & 2. Saw many movies in the 70’s there including Close Encounters of the First Kind on national release which was big time to me. Knew a few of the managers. This first Manager of this theatre died tragically in accident way too young – I don’t even think he was 25!

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