Toronto Theatres and the Golden Age of the Silver Screen

Toronto Theatres and the Golden Age of the Silver Screen

by Doug Taylor


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Toronto Theatres and the Golden Age of the Silver Screen by Doug Taylor

The history, heritage, and architectural significance of Toronto's most notable theatres and movie houses. Movie houses first started popping up around Toronto in the 1910s and '20s, in an era without television and before radio had permeated every household. Dozens of these grand structures were built and soon became an important part of the cultural and architectural fabric of the city. A century later the surviving, defunct, and reinvented movie houses of Toronto's past are filled with captivating stories. Explore fifty historic Toronto movie houses and theaters, and discover their roles as repositories of memories for a city that continues to grow its cinema legacy. Features stunning historic photography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626194502
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 07/15/2014
Pages: 158
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Doug Taylor has researched, studied and taught the history of Toronto for several decades. This is his seventh book that employs his native city as the background for his writing. Having taught history at the high school level, Doug was a member of the faculty of Lakeshore Teachers' College (York University) and the Ontario Teacher Education College. Now retired, he lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Introduction 11

Part I The Early Years: Nickelodeons and the First Theatres in Toronto 15

Theatorium (Red Mill): Toronto's First Movie Experience and First Permanent Movie Theatre 16

Auditorium (Avenue, Pickford) 17

Colonial (Photodome, ACE, Bay) 19

Revue 21

Picture Palace (Royal George) 23

Big Nickel (National, Rio) 25

Madison (Midtown, Capri, Eden, Bloor Cinema, Bloor Hot Docs) 26

Theatre with No Name (Pastime, Prince Edward, Fox) 27

Part II The Great Movie Palaces: The End of the Nickelodeon 31

Loew's Yonge Street (Elgin/Winter Garden) 31

Shea's Hippodrome 35

Allen (Tivoli) 38

Pantagcs (Imperial, Imperial Six, Canon, Ed Mirvish) 41

Loew's Uptown 45

Part III Smaller Theatres in the Pre-1920s and 1920s 49

Oakwood 49

Broadway (Globe, Roxy) 50

Carlton on Parliament Street 53

Victory on Yonge Street (Embassy, Astor, Showcase, Federal, New Yorker, Panasonic) 55

Allen's Danforth (Century, Titania, Music Hall) 56

Parkdale 58

Alhambra (Baronet, Eve) 61

St. Clair 63

Standard (Strand, Victory, Golden Harvest) 65

Palace 67

Bedford (Park) 68

Hudson (Mount Pleasant) 70

Belsizc (Crest, Regent) 71

Runnymede 73

Part IV Theatres During the 1930s: The Great Depression 77

Grant 78

Hollywood 81

Oriole (Cinema, International Cinema) 84

Eglinton 85

Casino 88

Radio City 93

Paramount 94

Scarboro 96

Paradise (Eve's Paradise) 97

State (Bloordale) 99

Colony 100

Bellevue (Lux, Elektra, Lido) 102

Kings-way 103

Royal (Pylon, Golden Princess) 104

Metro 106

Part V Theatres in the 1940s: The Second World War and the Postwar Years 109

University 111

Odeon Fairlawn 114

Vaughan 115

Odeon Danforth 117

Glen dale 119

Odeon Hyland 120

Nortown 123

Willow 124

Downtown 216

Odeon Carlton 218

Donlands 131

Biltmore 132

Odeon Humber 133

Towne Cinema 134

Part VI The 1950s Theatres 137

Coronet (Savoy) 137

Westwood 138

Part VII Toronto's Modern Theatre Scene 141

Cineplex Odeon Eaton Centre 142

Cineplex Odeon Varsity Cinemas 145

Scotiabank Theatre Toronto (Cineplex) 146

Cineplex Cinemas, Yonge-Dundas 148

Bell Lightbox 149

Conclusion 153

Index 155

About the Author 159

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