Colour photo of the Odeon Carlton in 1956 – a Marilyn Monroe film playing

When I graduated from high school and began working in downtown Toronto, I purchased a 35mm Kodak Pony camera and began photographing Toronto’s buildings. This photo was taken in 1956. It is of the Odeon Carlton Theatre, the first cinema in Canada to contain a restaurant. It was a Honey Dew Restaurant, located on the second floor over-looking the expansive lobby. One of its delights was a “Ritz Carlton.” This was a hotdog on a toasted bun. How Toronto has changed!

In the photo, the large Cadillac driving past is also worth noting.




Novels by Doug Taylor employing Toronto as a setting, “There Never Was a Better Time” and “Arse Over Teakettle,” Toronto Trilogy Book One. The book “Arse Over Teakettle,” contain a detailed description of the Odeon Carlton’s interior, when one of the character visits the theatre with his brother and grandfather.


A humorous history of Toronto, and walking tours of three of the city’s historic neighbourhoods, “The Villages Within.”  

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