Humber Cinema

2442 Bloor Street W.,
Toronto, ON M6S

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Opened on January 27, 1949, this was one of the original five Odeon theatres in Toronto. Located in Bloor West Village, it was twinned in 1976 and was recently renovated in 1999. This was the last of the original five Odeons left showing movies in Toronto. The ex-balcony auditorium had about 300 seats and a screen about 35 feet wide. The downstairs auditorium screen was about 50 feet wide. It closed July 20, 2003 due to declining attendance, but was a great neighbourhood theatre.

Originally planned to reopen in late-2010, it re-opened on April 29, 2011 as the Humber Cinema, operated by the nearby Kingsway Theatre. It was closed again on September 21, 2011, but reopened on November 18, 2011. The former balcony is one screen, and the main level (orchestra level) is the second screen. The left and right rear sections of the main level (orchestra level) have been converted into small screening rooms.

Contributed by TimElliott

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JCharles
JCharles on July 18, 2012 at 2:39 am

So bizarre. The older Facebook page had this posted today (July 17th): “The Humber Cinema is no longer operated by the Kingsway Theatre – the owner(landlord) – Claude Bitton – of the Humber has hijacked our business and locked us out of the building.The Humber Cinema was renovated by the Kingsway Theatre and paid for by our corporation.”

JCharles
JCharles on July 18, 2012 at 2:47 am

More info at bottom of page. Sounds ugly: http://www.blogto.com/deadpool/2012/07/humber_cinema_likely_back_in_the_deadpool/

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 18, 2012 at 3:22 am

This is confusing. I help with this site in regard to changing Introductions, whether theaters open, closed, etc. From movie listings online, 2 movies are playing so both auditoriums are open? former balcony and former main floor? Does the main floor have the original size screen that seems to be in those BW photos? That main floor has a huge seating capacity?

telliott
telliott on August 18, 2012 at 8:46 pm

The newspaper ads and web site now list 3 films showing daily, I wonder where the 3rd screen is? They did mention soon to be 4 screens but I haven’t heard how they further divided the cinemas.

Jwright
Jwright on September 6, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Let me clear this up. I visited the Humber Cinemas last week and it is now under new management. They now have 4 screens up and running. The theatre was twinned creating two screens; the balcony is one and the main level (orchestra level) is the second. The left and right rear sections of the main level (orchestra level) have been converted into small screening rooms. To do this they removed the seats, built sound proof walls, and added doors to access these rooms from the outside lobby. The place has been completely renovated and looks great. Their website is www.humbercinemas.com

telliott
telliott on September 6, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Thanks Jwright, sounds great!

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on September 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Who actually manages (or owns) the place? Who paid for the recent renovations? Have they installed digital projection equipment? I hate to think of what it costs to run this place: heat, taxes, hydro, staff, upkeep, advertising, film or DCP rental, etc. It boggles the mind.

JCharles
JCharles on September 23, 2012 at 8:16 pm

The above listing should be adjusted to reflect that there are now four screens operating at the Humber.

The theatre’s website is here: http://www.humbercinemas.com/

robboehm
robboehm on September 24, 2012 at 2:05 am

Then, presumably, the name is other than Humber Cinema.

Torontonian
Torontonian on October 20, 2012 at 7:09 am

When I was a schoolboy, we used to go to the Humber or the Runnymede for our Saturday afternoon entertainment—much to the relief of our mothers. The Humber was closest to us and it had an air of elegance fitting for the early ‘50s. The uniformed ushers and the air conditioning and the plush carpeting and air of dignity subtly hinted that we should be on our best behaviour.

Odeon had a Birthday Club and once a year, I’d receive a pass for 2(!) and free popcorn and soft drink. I believe I aged out at twelve.

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