Glendale Theatre

1661 Avenue Road,
Toronto, ON M5M 3Y4

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Glendale Theatre

The Glendale Theatre was opened in December 1947.

It was demolished in 1975.

Contributed by Doug Gordon

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 21, 2010 at 7:27 am

This house was mentioned in passing in an item datelined Toronto in Boxoffice of January 3, 1948, which referred to the “…newly-opened Glendale Theatre here….”

telliott on January 21, 2010 at 9:01 am

The Glendale was actually demolished in 1975, not 1973. The last film I saw there was “The Godfather Part 2” which was a Christmas release in 1974 and stayed at the Glendale until spring 1975.

kencmcintyre on January 21, 2010 at 10:58 am

The former location at 1661 Avenue Road is now a car dealership.

telliott on January 21, 2010 at 5:27 pm

The first dealership on that site after demolishing that lovely theatre was called Glendale Ford. As far as I know, the Glendale still did good business back then so why Famous Players wanted to sell to a car dearler is beyond me. The nearby Odeon Fairlawn lasted to 1985 so I’m sure the Glendale could have lasted at least until the end of the 70s if not longer.

Oldemike on April 16, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Does anyone remember how long the movie Grand Prix. played at the Glendale. As a teenager I must have seen that movie 5 times. It’s still one my favorites.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 23, 2012 at 10:24 am

The Glendale Theatre opened on December 1, 1947, according to this page at Silent Toronto. The opening day ad credits the companies involved in the design and construction of the theater, including architects Kaplan & Sprachman.

Mandel Sprachman also designed a house in the area which Boxoffice of October 25, 1965, mentioned only in passing as the Don Mills Theatre. It was leased to Odeon and opened about 1963. I don’t think it’s listed here yet. Another Sprachman design apparently not yet listed was the Odeon Albion, which I believe was also in the northern part of Toronto.

laserboyTO on July 29, 2012 at 11:45 pm

The Don Mills cinema was in the Don Mills Centre (built 1955) just east of Don Mills Rd., south of Lawrence Ave. It was a big 700 or 800 seat cinema built in the mid 1960’s. They built a second smaller cinema (perhaps 500 seats) in the early to mid-70’s. The complex closed around 1984-1985 when the new Fairview cinema complex was built and the cinema complex (which was separate from the mall) was demolished shortly afterward for more parking. The Don Mills Centre was enclosed in 1978 but eventually fell into disrepair and was mostly demolished in 2006. The whole area has since been re-developed.

Torontonian on October 19, 2012 at 11:02 pm

The film 2001 A Space Odyssey had a more than 4-year run at the Glendale. One evening, the film started coming out of the projection booth and into the last row of the audience! Perhaps a projectionist could explain how that occurs, particularly with the take-up reel. Shouldn’t there have been a warning that the film isn’t being taken up in the proper manner?

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