Eglinton Theatre

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

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sask on June 27, 2014 at 10:35 am

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.

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.

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.

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.

KingBiscuits on April 29, 2008 at 10:17 am

According to, The Sound Of Music ran 146 weeks.

SilentToronto on January 12, 2008 at 8:24 am

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

srcushing on December 28, 2007 at 4:09 pm

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.

telliott on July 20, 2007 at 4:34 pm

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 on July 20, 2007 at 1:52 pm

I managed this theatre from April 1998 to April 1999. I was rummaging through the filing cabinet one day and found a scrap book from the opening. There was a full page add with a picture of the theatre and around it the names and logos of all the companies that helped build it.

The first movie was the King of Bulesque and in the opening night picture you can see the line up head west around the corner to where the Scotia Bank is now.
There was no concession when it opened, and the area by the office where the fire place is was a smoking area. The room behind the screen had stairs to two wings, a womans and a mens dressing room. Lockers behind the screen had some old uniforms that no one ever took or moved. They were a part of the place. When it opened there was an orchestra pit infront of the screen, you could get to in after it was covered up by crawling through the duct work.

I had the pleasure of being the manager during the movie shoot for Gene Wilder’s Murder in a Small Town. The theatre was filled with people in 30’s cloths watching the last 2 minutes of Angels with Dirty faces (which I got to do the projection for). On the street they had old cars and the fronts of the buildings on both sides of Eglinton were dressed up to look like stores from the 30’s, it was a trip to the past. If you ever watch the movie the first 2 minutes of the film were shot at the Eglinton. It took 12 hours to set up, shoot and tear down for thoes 2 minutes. It was a lot of fun.

The Theatre showed Titanic for it’s full run including the date the Titanic actually sank.

The Eglinton had handicapped access via the back doors, but I guess that was not good enough. It probably could have been grandfathered if Famous Players had of taken up the fight, but take it from someone who was there 3 years before the closing, the Eglliton’s fate was sealed as soon as the Silver City and Yonge and Eglinton went up and the final nail was Famous Players purchase of Canada Square.

Oddly enough when it was built the Eglinton was not a first run theatre it was a nieghbourhood theatre that took in films after theatres like the University and the Uptown were done with them. It became a first run theatre when the twins and multies with their smaller audtioriums were built.

I had the re release of The Wizard of Oz in 1998. I watched it on my own one late night and you could almost feel the ghosts of the past stop by to see it again.

It was called the Jewel of Famous Players at one time.

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on June 17, 2007 at 7:26 am

The 3-strip Cinerama films shown at the Eglinton were projected onto a large, but only very slightly curved, Cinemiracle screen. The only thing Cinerama about the Eglinton was the Cinerama logo that appeared in newspaper ads for How the West Was Won and Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm. Other than this minor beef, the theatre was one of Toronto’s best.

hamiltongirl on October 16, 2004 at 12:31 pm

Loved this theatre. Unfortunately the last movie I saw there was Jeepers Creepers. But it was kinda nice that my friend and I had the whole theatre to ourselves. Beautiful theatre.

Roloff on July 17, 2004 at 1:20 am

The Eglinton ran 3-strip Cinerama (Cinemiracle WINDJAMMER, HOLIDAY IN SPAIN and Cinerama) from december 1960 to 1963. View link

edward on April 16, 2004 at 8:36 pm

New website for the Eglinton Grand (formerly the Eglinton Theatre and no longer functioning as a cinema).

edward on October 12, 2003 at 7:52 pm

Designed by Kaplan and Sprachman, opened 1936, a beautifully preserved Art Deco movie palace closed in 2003 and being remodeled. Although the new tenant will restore the marquee and facade, the interior will be retrofitted. The theatre will reopen as a rental hall for special events and renamed the Eglinton Grand.
To read an update, go to:
View link

ChadIrish on November 28, 2002 at 1:48 pm

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ChadIrish on March 21, 2002 at 5:29 pm

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ChadIrish on March 2, 2002 at 11:53 pm

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HRosenthal on February 18, 2002 at 9:39 pm

I knew the builder personally, and I am certain he would be pleased and proud of the flattering comments made in the petition signature and in the comments sections.

SKates on February 17, 2002 at 11:38 am

I saw some picketers with “Save the Eglinton” signs in front of the theatre today. Also, some store fronts were advertising a community rally/meeting tomorrow night (Monday, Feb. 18) at 7:30pm. Anyone have any more info on this?

ChadIrish on January 29, 2002 at 10:23 am

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ChadIrish on January 29, 2002 at 9:48 am

The Eglinton Theatre Is Still Open, But Its Going To Close Its Doors In April Or May 2002. A Group Of Us In Toronto Is Going To Try To Save The Eglinton Theatre Before It Closes Its Doors Forever. For More Info On How To Help Save The Eglington Theatre Just E-Mail Me @

SusanStock on January 25, 2002 at 1:47 pm

A tragedy of immense importance. And Toronto thinks its world class- Help us save the Eglinton!

westhead74 on December 12, 2001 at 10:33 am

I can’t believe that the Eglinton and the Uptown will be closed…I don’t know who to be angrier at…Famous Players or the Ontario Human Rights Commission.