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 32 comments)

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on April 29, 2008 at 10:17 am

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 10, 2008 at 6:45 pm

This is a 2008 close-up view.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 3, 2008 at 6:47 am

Here is a recent view of the Eglinton at night.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 17, 2009 at 3:27 pm

A nice close-up photo is here.

PeterD
PeterD on July 23, 2009 at 8:10 am

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 19, 2012 at 10:56 pm

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 10, 2014 at 6:52 pm

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.

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