Eglinton Theatre

400 Eglinton Avenue W.,
Toronto, ON M5N 1A2

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Designed by Kaplan and Sprachman, the Eglinton Theatre was opened on April 15, 1936 with Jack Oakie in “King of Burlesque”. It was operated by Famous Players throughout its cinematic life.

After the Ontario Human Rights Commission fought and won a lawsuit to make it wheelchair accessable, Famous Players decided to close this beautiful Art Deco style theatre in 2003.

The Eglinton Theatre has now been renovated into a rental hall for banquets and special events and has been renamed the “Eglinton Grand.”

Contributed by Chad Irish, Griff Howe, Dave Thom, edward

Recent comments (view all 26 comments)

telliott
telliott on July 21, 2007 at 12:34 am

The Eglinton showed a lot of Reserved seat Roadshows during the 60s including, Beckett, Doctor Dolittle,Finian’s Rainbow, Hello Dolly! and of course the record breaking 144 week run of “The Sound of Music” from March 10, 1965 to December of 1967.

srcushing
srcushing on December 29, 2007 at 12:09 am

Funny about the Hello Dolly movie. In the back behind the screen there were dressing rooms for the staff (not the modern ones but the ones used in the 30’s and 40’s. In a dusty pile in one of these rooms was a stack of ticket stubs from Hello Dolly. I took a few for myself and left the rest for the sake of history. Probably gone now.

SilentToronto
SilentToronto on January 12, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Have a look at a tribute to the Eglinton Theatre I recently wrote, including an ad for the opening night!

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on April 29, 2008 at 6:17 pm

According to fromscripttodvd.com, The Sound Of Music ran 146 weeks.

PeterD
PeterD on July 23, 2009 at 4:10 pm

A favourite of mine when I worked as a projectionist and also as a movie-goer. The Eglinton’s magnificent auditorium is somewhat similar to the Zigfeld in New York (where most of NYC’s world premieres occur). Massive screen, and the best THX installation in the city by far.

Before the THX work was done, the booth had the most unique machines in the city – Bauer U2’s. Big old German workhorse 35/70mm projectors that put a picture on the screen and nailed it there. I forget what bulbs they were running (4.5kW @ 150A, IIRC), but the gates needed to be water-cooled, not unlike a drive-in! The few times I worked there it was after the Bauers had gone and, IIRC, were replaced by a pair of 35/70mm Simplex XLs running 6000' reels.

Torontonian
Torontonian on October 20, 2012 at 6:56 am

The Eglinton was also, for several years, a Cinerama movie house. The Cinerama technology required adjustments to the house and removal of several rows of seats but it did successfully in showing Cinerama product.

thoive
thoive on April 11, 2014 at 2:52 am

This theatre is quite near to my heart, I attended the Canadian premiere of the first Harry Potter movie there as a 10-year-old in 2001. It was the first one-screen cinema I had ever been to. What a shame it’s no longer operational.

sask
sask on June 27, 2014 at 6:35 pm

I enjoyed reading about the theatre, I was looking for information on it. My parents met while working there 50 years ago. We are planning a 50th anniv. celebration and I was looking into some of history. Does anyone know if there is a way to find out more? Thanks.

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