Eaton Centre Cinemas

1 Dundas Street,
Toronto, ON M5G

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rivest266
rivest266 on January 7, 2012 at 11:46 am

I uploaded the April 19th, 1979 grand opening ad here.

robboehm
robboehm on November 29, 2010 at 6:52 pm

And what is even more interesting is that although the shopping complex is still called Eaton Centre, Eaton’s is no more. Now it’s Sears.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on August 4, 2009 at 4:30 am

The rats and mice part sounds scary. That alone would make me want to quit my position.

And it turns out, this theatre really was intended to be an arthouse. In its early years, the theatre ran art films and revivals as well as second-run fare. Also, there was a bistro and art gallery nearby (an idea that later showed up in other Cineplex theatre) which also inforced the whole art intention.

More interesting things I found were that Midnight Express and Life Of Brian both played for over a year in second run.

PeterD
PeterD on July 23, 2009 at 7:54 am

To say I hated working this theatre (as a projectionist) would be the understatement of the Century (or Simplex or Cinemeccanica). This was the single most wretched job an operator could get assigned to in the Toronto Local in the 80s and 90s, in my opinion. It was originally 16mm only and ran with non-union operators. King Garth then put in 35mm equipment in throughout. The problem is, many of these abominations masquerading as auditoria were equipped with rear-screen projection equipment, a cobbled-together mini-platter system or MUTT arrangement, and three front-surface mirrors. Did I mention the projectors sat on the floor? Did I mention the rats and mice in the booth?

There were three sections (six regular ops). Front section on the main floor and the three downstairs booths, back-half main floor and second floor. Number 5 was retrofitted with a Cinemeccanica Vic-X (the second machine out of the Humber downstairs when they put a platter in there). Number 5’s booth and the downstairs corridor for 15-16-17 were not bad. When I heard it closed I so wanted to ride a bulldozer through the lobby and personally tear the place to rubble.

telliott
telliott on June 16, 2009 at 10:19 am

I like all the AMC “multiplex” theatres in the Toronto area. They are comfortable, have all the amenities and are not noisy, garish with that carnival atmosphere that the others have, especially the former Famous Players locations.

telliott
telliott on June 16, 2009 at 10:09 am

Mine too Jon. Much classier than all the others, and a great location too!

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on June 16, 2009 at 9:53 am

Since the AMC opened it’s turned into my favorite movie house in Toronto. Classy looking, no pre-show commercials, great seats and excellent 4K digital projection in all of its 24 auditoriums. Sure beats the pants off both the long-gone Eaton Centre cinemas as well as the Scotiabank.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on June 16, 2009 at 9:03 am

List of auditorium seating charts:

1-92
2-92
3-56
4-70
5-398
6-84
7-115
8-115
9-86
10-86
11-100
12-96
13-78
14-78
15-195
16-195
17-58
18-58
Total-2,052 seats

SilentToronto
SilentToronto on May 26, 2009 at 12:23 pm

A nice retrospective on the Eaton Centre Cineplex can be found over at 32 Elvis Movies.

telliott
telliott on July 30, 2008 at 6:44 pm

I like the Varsity too but it’s too expensive. The old Uptown (formerly Loew’s Uptown) was the best! I prefer the new AMC to the Scotiabank theatre…looks classier and less noise….

Grainger
Grainger on July 30, 2008 at 5:50 pm

I have been to three movies in there so far.

My prefered cinema in Toronto was the “Uptown” but now that has gone I like the “Varsity”

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on July 30, 2008 at 3:55 pm

It was getting a bit screenless wasn’t it. The paramount not being exactly perfect- hope this is better than that cold brick of a place!

telliott
telliott on July 30, 2008 at 7:56 am

Yes, it opened on March 28th and i’ve been there and it’s beautiful! Nice addition to the downtown scene. Nice to finally get some movie screens back on Yonge St. where a lot of old movie houses used to be.

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on July 29, 2008 at 10:57 pm

LOL I simply asked if the complex was open yet!!!

telliott
telliott on July 29, 2008 at 6:32 pm

Ha ha ha ha ha ha

Grainger
Grainger on July 29, 2008 at 5:31 pm

Do'h

When “Ian-‘adoraKiaOra” asked if the “AMC Dundas Square” had an entry on this site….

I thought he wanted to know if you could enter it from the “Eaton Centre”

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Grainger
Grainger on July 29, 2008 at 11:38 am

We have a page about it on this board.

/theaters/23669/

You can get to it from the Eaton Centre with out going outdoors.
You go through the “Dundas Street Subway Station” it connects the “Eaton Centre” to the “Dundas Square Building”

Grainger
Grainger on July 29, 2008 at 11:34 am

If you mean the “AMC Dundas Square” it is open and you can read about it here.

View link

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on July 28, 2008 at 1:20 am

Is the new complex across the road open yet and
is there an entry on this site for it yet?

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on July 28, 2008 at 12:18 am

It was shot in California and not Ontario.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on July 19, 2008 at 6:58 pm

According to the entry for the film on Wikipedia, the theater used was the Mann 6 in Simi Valley, California.

Aaron77
Aaron77 on July 19, 2008 at 6:07 pm

Isn’t this the movie theater they shot some of the scenes to bachelor party in? Where tom hanks and his group of misfit party goers search for guy who stole his woman. The above picture looks like the movie theater in the film…Only in the film they list this place as having 36 screens. I figure this was an inside joke based apon the record breaking number of screens this theater had at the time…Can someone tell me if I am right?…

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on July 15, 2008 at 7:41 am

Thanks for the explanation.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on July 15, 2008 at 6:52 am

This theatre opened with subrun films because Odeon and Famous Players would not allow Cineplex access to first run films and Canada did not have trade regulations to stop the duopoly.

Garth Drabinski followed the early AMC policy of playing just what he could get and the theatre was still a huge success. The megaplex innovation received enough backing that he was able to finance the takeover of Odeon (hence Cineplex Odeon) and therefore access to first-runs.

The success of his Beverly Hills Cineplex also eventually led to financing to enter the U.S. market in a big way. The involvement of MCA/Universal also allowed him the deep pockets to buy up huge chains of U.S. theatres such as Plitt and RKO.

Grainger
Grainger on July 15, 2008 at 5:54 am

Now a question if I may..

Does anyone remember a Cinema on the West Side of Yonge south of Dundas before they built the Eaton Centre.

I am sure I remember going to a cinema on the west side of Yonge between Queen and Dundas in the 1970s.

Thank You