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The lost movie theatres of Toronto


The compilation of an extensive photo inventory of Toronto's lost cinemas would be a rather difficult task, given how many have come and gone over the years, but even a brief review reveals a city with a rich cinematic atmosphere history that has partly faded over the years.

Some of the buildings with cinemas in Toronto still stand but even those that have been well preserved – such as Eglinton – do not captivate the imagination as they once did.

This has undoubtedly to do with the fact that they no longer play films, but it goes deeper than this. The arrival of the multi / megaplex heralded an era in which theaters increasingly appeared to be big kiosks: anonymous, forgettable and ugly.

And however much the film experience is focused on while watching the films themselves, there is a wider ritual around a visit to the theater that is becoming increasingly sterile. Is there a less architecturally inspiring place than the modern cinema?

so as not to spoil me too much, but it is worth remembering how many remarkable rep-cinemas keep the old school experience intact to go to the movies. From the Revue to the Royal there are plenty of places to sniff up the film culture in Toronto.

There, the lost movie theaters of Toronto.

 comique theater toronto

Comique Theare (near Yonge and Dundas), 1910

Auditorium Theater Toronto (Queen and Spadina), 1913

 Allen Theater Toronto

The Allen (13 Richmond St. East, later the Tivoli), 1919

  Bloordale Theater Bloordale Theater , Ca. 1920s

  Vintage Movie Theater Toronto The Major Theater, 1780 St. Clair West, Ca. 1930s  Bayview Theater Toronto The Bayview Theater, 1605 Bayview Ave. (later the Bayview Playhouse), Ca. 1930s

  Adelphi Theater Toronto

The Adelphi Theater, 1008 Dovercourt Rd., Ca. 1930s

 Loews Theater Toronto

Loews (Queen and Yonge, later the Elgin) Ca. 1940 [19909002]   Parkdale Theater Toronto

The Parkdale (1605 Queen St. W), 1947

 Eglinton Theater Toronto

The Eglinton (when it was a movie theater), 1947 [19659002]   Eglinton Theater Toronto

The Eglinton, Interior (also 1947)

 Nortown Theater Toronto

The Nortown (875 Eglinton St. West), 1948

 Nortown Theater Toronto

The Nortown, Interior , 1948
  Broadway Theater Toronto

The Broadway (Queen and Bay), Ca. 1960s

 Odeon Theater Toronto

The Odeon (Yonge and Carlton), Ca. 1960

 Glendale Cinema Toronto

The Glendale (Avenue and Cranbrooke), Ca. late 1960s

 Uptown Theater Toronto

The Uptown (Yonge and Bloor), Ca. late 1960s

 Tivoli Theater Toronto

The Tivoli (formerly the Allen), Ca. late 1960s

  coronet theater toronto Coronet Theater (northeast corner of Yonge and Gerrard), Ca. 1970s

  Imperial Theater Toronto Imperial Theater at Yonge St., 1972

  Imperial Six Theater Toronto Imperial Six Theater (same location as above after renovations), 1975

  Biltmore Theater Toronto The Biltmore Theater on Yonge St, 1970's

  hollywood theater toronto Hollywood Theater on Yonge St. north of St. Clair, Ca. Mid 1970s

  Downtown Theater Toronto Downtown Theater, 285 Yonge St., 1980

 University Theater Toronto

University Theater (Bay and Bloor), Ca. 1980s

 Eaton Center Cineplex

The Eaton Center Cineplex, Ca. early 90s

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