Westwood Theatre

3743 Bloor Street W.,
Toronto, ON M9A 1A2

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Westwood Theatre

The Westwood Theatre was originally operated by 20th Century Theatres when it opened in February 1952. In the late-1980’s, Famous Players took over.

In the late-1960’s, a second screen was added in a new addition to the original building. In 1980, the original auditorium was divided in two, making the Westwood Theatre a triplex.

The Westwood Theatre closed in 1998 and sat unused until it was demolished in July 2013.

Contributed by Doug Gordon

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DavidDymond
DavidDymond on February 5, 2013 at 3:39 pm

This theatre was built by Twentieth Century Theatres in 1952 and Mr. Dudley Dumond was its first Manager. Twentieth Century Theatres (Twinex) were partners of Famous Players Canadian Corporation!!

George Stompy Hollo
George Stompy Hollo on February 5, 2013 at 4:17 pm

I worked with Dudley for 4 years back in the 80’s-interesting guy. We wrote a song about our Manager, Dick Dalhouse, and he reported to Dudley as regional manager. I had no idea DD had been in the business that long.

Ironically Dick retired on a Friday, took the weekend off, and came back Monday morning at a different theatre as a “part-timer.” Basically he worked Fri Sat and Sun and did some paperwork during the week for 39 hours total…

telliott
telliott on July 31, 2013 at 5:58 pm

The dear old Westwood has finally been demolished. After sitting there empty since April of 1998. It is so strange driving by and it’s gone.

George Stompy Hollo
George Stompy Hollo on July 31, 2013 at 6:46 pm

wow so sad. a big chunk of my life was spent there

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on July 31, 2013 at 9:21 pm

I remember old Dickie Dalhouse. I did not like him at all. He got his job through his friend Manager Sebastian Lopez who was at Cedarbrae Cinemas. Dickie’s first theatre as Manager was the Eve Cinema at Bloor and Bathurst!!

George Stompy Hollo
George Stompy Hollo on July 31, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Rudolf Antony Dalhouse was a bit acerbic at times but in the end he cared more for his employees than any boss I’ve had since. I learned a lot from him and considered him a dear friend.

I haven’t seen him since I left Canada in 1985-I suspect he may have passed away since then… Does anyone know?

scoldsteve
scoldsteve on September 26, 2013 at 11:00 am

I am a avid Geocacher, if you don’t know what that is it’s like a hi-tech way of doing hide and go see.. You hide a container somewhere and record the GPS location. As much as I like to do the finds, I also like to do my own unique hides, all movie trivia based.. My latest hide was near the site of where the WestWood was.. A few days ago one of my fellow cachers who found my 1980’s based movie trivia cache told me that it was gone.. I knew this was soon to happen when I went down to the Queensway to see “The Way Way Back” at that time I saw 2 massive dumpsters full so I knew the city of Toronto would be finally demolishing the place as the supervisor from the city told me.. Sad to see it happen.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on September 27, 2013 at 4:45 pm

It was said that old Dickie Dalhouse carried a gun.

George Stompy Hollo
George Stompy Hollo on September 27, 2013 at 6:20 pm

He may have at other theaters but never at Westwood. He was a nice guy and we all got to know his family. True, he had a temper and he didn’t put up with “foolishness” but he never shot anyone as far as I know…

rivest266
rivest266 on March 5, 2014 at 7:06 pm

1980 grand opening ad as a triplex in photo section.

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