Danforth Music Hall Theatre

147 Danforth Avenue,
Toronto, ON M4K 1N2

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Originally opened as the Allen Theatre on August 18, 1919 with Madge Kennedy in “Through the Wrong Door”. It was later known as the Century Theatre and was remodeled in 1934 by the architectural firm Kaplan & Sprachman.

It last showed mostly second-run movies before its closing in February of 2004. It reopened in May of 2004 under the Festival chain but closed once again in August of 2004.

It re-opened in 2006 as the Danforth Music Hall Theatre.

Contributed by Jason R

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 31, 2011 at 5:25 am

The web page Eric Veillette linked to in his comment of Jan 23, 2011, has a scan of an ad for Allen theaters which includes an Allen’s Bloor. Does anybody know if that house is listed at Cinema Treasures under a different name? If it is, it’s missing the aka. I found an article about a Bloor Street Allen Theater in a 1919 trade journal, and I’d like to link to it on the appropriate Cinema Treasures page, if somebody can point me to it.

CSWalczak on March 31, 2011 at 11:55 am

Allen’s Bloor is listed here – erroneously – on CT as the Midtown and currently serves as Lee’s Palace, a nightclub. It took me a little while to sort this out because there is erroneous information both on the Midtown page and elsewhere. In fact, the Midtown page should not be labeled Midtown, and this fact has been noted by other commentators, but the error has not been corrected.

What is now Lee’s Palace opened as Allen’s Bloor at 529 W. Bloor in 1919. Famous Players took over the Canadian assets of the Allen chain in 1923, so this theater was later the first Bloor Theatre. The current Bloor, across the street at 506, opened as the Madison and has had a number of names, including the Midtown, Capri, and Eden.

So, the AKA of Allen’s Bloor should be on a theater that should be listed here on CT as either Lee’s Palace (in that case, it should have two AKAs: Allen’s Bloor and Bloor and possibly some others, but not Midtown) OR as Bloor Theatre (with an AKA of Allen’s Bloor) and the current function noted as Nightclub and an indication in the headnote that it is currently called Lee’s Palace.

CSWalczak on March 31, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I see that the errors have been fixed. Tres bien.

telliott on March 31, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Perfect. Now only if they would drop the Algoma theatre in Marie, ON which is actually the Algoma in SAULT STE MARIE Ontario and already has it’s own page on CT.

CSWalczak on March 31, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Don’t get me started on that 8-).

menright on September 21, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Saw a band last night at the Danforth Music Hall. It was great venue for that. They’ve removed the seats on the main level now, but, there are still seats in the balcony.

rivest266 on March 4, 2014 at 7:51 pm

1919 and 1948 grand opening ad in photo section.

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