Canon Theatre

244 Victoria Street,
Toronto, ON M5B1V8

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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 27, 2012 at 8:13 am

Imperial’s auditorium pictured in this 1938 trade ad: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 3, 2012 at 10:36 am

Also pictured on the cover of the same issue: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 3, 2012 at 10:34 am

Imperial’s conversion to multiplex described in this 1974 trade article: Boxoffice

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on February 9, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Actually, no. As previous comments indicate, the historical main entrance to the Pantages was on Victoria Street; the Yonge Street entrance was actually a later addition (although constructed a long time ago now and well-blended architecturally into the original design). The Yonge Street entry actually takes one over O'Keefe Lane and then into the the original main foyer. Because Yonge is such a main thoroughfare, it is easy to assume the Yonge Street entry always was the main entry, especially if you are among those who recall the theater in its days as the Imperial 6 cinema.

robboehm
robboehm on February 9, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Is not the main entrance on Yonge Street, 263?

rivest266
rivest266 on January 7, 2012 at 11:58 am

I uploaded the 1973 grand opening ads as Imperial Six as well as the 1987 reopening ad as the Pantages. I also uploaded an plan of the 1986 Dubinsky-Cineplex coup over Famous Players.

igoudge
igoudge on January 22, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Wall St and Die Hard would have been amazing in this glorious space ;–)

SilentToronto
SilentToronto on January 22, 2011 at 11:29 am

Since we re-branded to Silent Toronto last summer, here’s the new URLs to some of our features on the Pantages/Imperial/Imperial6:

A Zardoz lobby card from 1974
The Imperial Drabinsky
Extreme Usher: The Imperial Six — by Gerry Flahive
Always cool and comfortable at the Pantages(talking pictures arrive)

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Nice photo CWalczak.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on January 6, 2010 at 1:42 am

As the Imperial, showing ‘The Godfather:’ View link

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on November 2, 2009 at 8:01 pm

When Cineplex Odeon ran it as a one-screen theatre, here were some of the theatre’s engagements:

Wall Street
The Unbearable Lightness Of Being
Colors
Die Hard in 70mm (the final movie played at the theatre)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 22, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Here is a recent shot of the Yonge Street entrance.

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on August 2, 2009 at 12:50 pm

The Imperial was the first movie house in Canada to show a film produced in the wide-screen CinemaScope process. And it was one of only a handful of cinemas in the world equipped with large format VistaVision projectors. One of the others was the Paramount in New York. This is not surprising, since VistaVision was Paramount Pictures' big-screen system and they controlled both the Paramount in NY and the Imperial in Toronto.

igoudge
igoudge on July 3, 2009 at 1:16 pm

such a gorgeous theatre, wish I could have experienced it as a movie house, I have always been there to see various theatre shows over the years.

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

The Imperial/Pantages has recently been featured at 32 Elvis Movies. Have a look at an opening week flyer for the Imperial Six and a great ad for the premiere of Mae West’s SHE DONE HIM WRONG!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 8, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Another 2008 photo is here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 20, 2008 at 11:23 am

This is an October close-up view.

telliott
telliott on June 3, 2008 at 9:55 am

I remember the week before the “new” Imperial Six opened, they had an open house where the public could walk in and look around to see all the new theatres. I went twice that week and despite the garish colours (remember this was 1973) it was quite impressive to see how they were able to create all these cinemas in the old building. Through the years I was able to see films in all 6 cinemas several times. It was then downtown Toronto’s major “multiplex” theatre. It was done about 4 years after the old Loew’s Uptown had been divided into 5 screens.

telliott
telliott on June 3, 2008 at 9:46 am

Cinemas 5 & 6 in the old orchestra section of the original Imperial. Cinemas 3 & 4 were in the old backstage area of the theatre and were reached by a glass enclosed walkway on the side of the building from the main lobby.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on June 3, 2008 at 9:39 am

Interesting; what was underneath Cinema 1’s floor?

telliott
telliott on June 3, 2008 at 8:33 am

Actually, Cinema 1 was the theatre they created in front of the former balcony. It was built between the front of the balcony and where the screen was. That’s why you only see part of the dome. The other part was in Cinema 2, which was the balcony and for a short time became the Pantages Cinema under Cineplex Odeon unitl they bought out the entire building and restored it.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on June 3, 2008 at 7:36 am

Picture of the Upper Lobby during its Imperial 6 Days:

View link

Three pictures of the Canon as the Imperial 6 can be found on the lower half of this page; one is of the Yonge Street entrance, one is of the Lower Lobby, and one is of the largest theater, essentially the former balcony.

View link

Looking at the theater now, in its splendid restored condition, it’s hard to believe it was once made to look so garish and “modern”.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 29, 2008 at 8:55 am

Here is a website for this theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 23, 2008 at 6:11 am

This is another photo of the Canon Theater.