Humber Cinema

2442 Bloor Street W.,
Toronto, ON M6S

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Torontonian
Torontonian on October 20, 2012 at 2:09 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.

robboehm
robboehm on September 23, 2012 at 9:05 pm

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

JCharles
JCharles on September 23, 2012 at 3:16 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/

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on September 19, 2012 at 10:33 am

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.

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

Thanks Jwright, sounds great!

Jwright
Jwright on September 6, 2012 at 4:50 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 August 18, 2012 at 3:46 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.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 17, 2012 at 10:22 pm

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?

JCharles
JCharles on July 17, 2012 at 9:47 pm

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

JCharles
JCharles on July 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm

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.”

telliott
telliott on July 16, 2012 at 10:25 am

Apparently the Humber is STILL open after all. If you look at their Facebook page the closing notices were a hoax, so they have a new web site and facebook page. I don’t know who owns it anymore or who runs it now but glad to know it is open after all.

igoudge
igoudge on July 14, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Also four screens? There was that rumour for the downstairs theatre was going to be split into 3 but would have thought if that was the plan wouldnt you have done it in the first place rather than spending all the ecess money into just the restoration?

igoudge
igoudge on July 14, 2012 at 9:12 pm

The rumours from the previous closure were surrounding rent issues with the building owners (maybe too much of it went into the renos too fast?) And the fact that it reopened suggested all of that issue had been resolved I would have thought. But the fact it was the second time in just over a year and oddly enough pretty close to the time the first instance happened makes me kinda curious….

telliott
telliott on July 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm

What the heck goes on with this place? Recently it has said on their website soon to be 4 screens and now it’s closed? Why can’t this place run like the Davis and Logan in Chicago and be the local cinema for Bloor West village. I’ve never understood what the problem is here.

JCharles
JCharles on July 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm

As of July 14th. 2012, the Humber is now closed again. No details yet as to why.

igoudge
igoudge on January 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Yeah I noticed in the adds at least the first week or two and the last few that its just one title again. Maybe building up the cash to finish downstairs?

vic1964
vic1964 on December 28, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I am hopeful that the Humber can get the big downstairs theatre going with good equipment. This place has so much potential if done right.

telliott
telliott on November 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm

This theatre should be listed as open, it re-opened on November 18 with the latest Twilight movie. One screen open so far.

telliott
telliott on November 22, 2011 at 9:37 am

Status for this should be open. It re-opened on November 18 with the latest “Twilight” movie. From the showtimes, it appears that only one of the screens is open at this time, no word on when the other one will open.

igoudge
igoudge on October 20, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Now makes sense for the closure, just to finish with the downstair renos before the Xmas rush. Looking forward to see the finished product.

Jwright
Jwright on October 20, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Great news indeed! Curious to see the renovations that were performed during the hiatus. Any hints what we can expect?? Will there by fountain drinks available?

vic1964
vic1964 on October 20, 2011 at 10:05 pm

YES!!! This is great news!

kingswaytheatre
kingswaytheatre on October 20, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Humber will reopen Friday November 18th 2011 with Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1

www.kingswaymovies.com

igoudge
igoudge on October 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Would make sense. They are just starting to break ground at the one Bloor site so there is still a slight chance whether it be Cineplex or Empire to enter a partnership to build a new complex there in the tower. Doubt Rainbow would have the capital to make the move and still a tad close to the Yonge and Dundas AMC to put one there.

telliott
telliott on October 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I think the only reason they dropped One Bloor is because it was no longer Famous Players but Cineplex, who already has the Varsity. What gets me is that at one time Famous Players had ALL the theatres at Yonge/Bloor/Bay except the Varsity. (cumberland4, university, plaza twin, towne cinema, uptown 5) So why Cineplex couldn’t have 2 complexes a block apart is beyond me. The Varsity could have become a classy art house and the new one more Hollywood fare.