A cartoon about “Gone With the Wind.”

12 Jun

February 25, 2014 Toronto Star--

This cartoon was in the Toronto Star on February 28, 2015. The cartoon brought back memories of the first time I saw the film “Gone With the Wind.” It was in the mid-1950s, at Loew’s Downtown Theatre, which is today named the Elgin. For links to the history of this magnificent historic theatre :

Elgin Theatre (Loew’s Downtown)

Elgin/Winter/Garden Theatres on Yonge Street

Below are links to over 130 of Toronto’s old movie theatres:

Adelphi Theatre (Kum Bac) on Dovercourt Road

Alhambra Theatre on Bloor Street, west of Bathurst Street

Allen’s Bloor Theatre, (now Lee’s Palace)

Allenby on the Danforth

Apollo (Crystal) Theatre on Dundas West

Avon Theatre at 1092 Queen Street West

Bay (Colonial Theatre) at Queen and Bay

The Bayview Theatre

Beaver Theatre in the Junction area at Keele and Dundas Street West

Bell Lightbox (TIFF)

Bellevue Theatre on College Street that became the Lux Burlesque Theatre

The Biltmore Theatre on Yonge, north of Dundas St.

Birchcliff Theatre on Kingston Rd.

Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Bloor Street West

Bloordale Theatre (the State) on Bloor St. West, near Dundas Street.

Blue Bell (Gay) Theatre on Parliament Street

Bonita (Gerrard) Theatre on Gerrard East

Brighton Theatre on Roncesvalles Avenue

The Brock Theatre (the Gem)

Cameo Theatre

Capitol Theatre on Yonge at Castlefield

Carlton Theatre on Parliament Street

Casino Burlesque Theatre on Queen Street 

Cineplex Eaton Centre

Cineplex Odeon Varsity Theatre at Bloor and Bay

Cineplex Theatre at Yonge and Dundas Streets

Circle Theatre

College Theatre at College St. and Dovercourt Rd.

Colony Theatre at Vaughan Road and Eglinton Avenue

Coronet Theatre (Savoy) on Yonge St. at Gerrard

Crown Theatre on Gerrard St. East

Danforth Music Hall (Allen’s Danforth)

Donlands Theatre

Downtown Theatre (now demolished) at Yonge and Dundas

Duchess Theatre (Circle) on Dundas West

Eastwood Theatre on Gerrard St. East

Ed Mirvish Theatre (the Pantages, Imperial and Cannon)

Eglinton Theatre

Elgin Theatre (Loew’s Downtown)

Elgin/Winter/Garden Theatres on Yonge Street

Empire (Rialto, Palton) on Queen East

Esquire (Lyndhurst) Theatre on Bloor Street West

Garden Theatre at 290 College Street.

Glendale Theatre on Avenue Rd.

Golden Mile Theatre on Eglinton East

Grant Theatre on Oakwood Avenue near Vaughan Road

Greenwood Theatre (the Guild)

Grover on Danforth Avenue

Hillcrest Theatre on Christie Street, south of Dupont St.

Hollywood Theatre on the east side of Yonge Street, north of St. Clair Avenue.

Imperial and Downtown Theatres on Yonge Street (archival photos)

Iola (Ace, Regal) on Queen St. East

Island Theatre on Centre Island

Kent Theatre at Yonge and St. Clair

Kenwood Theatre on Bloor St. West

King Theatre at College and Manning Streets

Kingsway Theatre in the Kingsway Village on Bloor St. West

KUM-C Theatre in Parkdale

La Plaza Theatre (the Opera House) on Queen Street East

La Salle Theatre on Dundas, near Spadina

Lansdowne Theatre on Lansdowne Avenue, north of Bloor St. West

Loew’s Uptown Theatre (the Uptown)

Major St. Clair Theatre on St. Clair Avenue, east of Old Weston Road.

The Mayfair Theatre at Jane and Annette

Metro Theatre at 679 Bloor West

Mount Dennis Theatre on Weston Rd, north of Eglinton

Mount Pleasant (Hudson) Theatre

Nortown Theatre on Eglinton, west of Bathurst St.

The Oakwood Theatre on Oakwood Avenue, near St. Clair Avenue West

The Oakwood Theatre, Part II

Odeon Carlton at Yonge and Carlton Streets

Odeon Carlton Theatre

Odeon Danforth Theatre on the Danforth, near Pape Avenue

Odeon Humber theatre at Bloor and Jane Streets (now Humber Cinemas)

Odeon Hyland Theatre at Yonge and St. Clair

Odeon Theatre On Queen West in Parkdale

Orpheum Theatre on Queen St., west of Bathurst

Palace Theatre on the Danforth

Palace Theatre on the Danforth near Pape Avenue

Panasonic Theatre on Yonge Street

Paradise (Eve’s Paradise)

Paramount Theatre on St. Clair West, between Oakwood and Dufferin streets.

Parkdale Theatre on Queen Street, near Roncesvalles

Photodrome (Ace) Theatre on Queen St. West

Pickford (Auditorium, Avenue) Theatre

The Princess Theatre on King Street

Radio City Theatre on Bathurst, south of St. Clair.

Regent Theatre on Mt. Pleasant Rd. (the Belsize, the Crest)

Revue Theatre at 400 Roncesvalles Avenue

Rex Theatre (the Joy)

Rivoli Theatre on Queen Street West

Royal Alexandra Theatre

Royal George Theatre on St. Clair W., west of Dufferin Street.

Royal Theatre on Dundas Street

Royal Theatre (the Pylon) on College St.

Runnymede Theatre in the Bloor West Village

Scarboro Theatre

Scotiabank Theatre at Richmond and John Streets

Shea’s Hippodrome Theatre on Bay St. near Queen

Shea’s Victoria (The Victoria) at Victoria and Adelaide Streets

St. Clair Theatre, west of Dufferin Street

Teck Theatre on Queen St. East

The Tivoli Theatre on Richmond Street East

Toronto’s first movie screening and its first movie theatre

Town Cinema on Bloor East, near Yonge Street

University Theatre on Bloor St., west of Bay Street.

Uptown 5 Multiplex Theatre on Yonge south of Bloor

Vaughan Theatre on St. Clair Avenue 

Victory burlesque and movie theatre on Spadina at Dundas:

Village Theatre on Spadina Road in Forest Hill Village

Westwood Theatre on Bloor Street West near Six Points

The Willow Theatre on north Yonge St. in Willowdale

York Theatre on Yonge near Bloor St.

Recent publication entitled “Toronto’s theatres and the Golden Age of the Silver Screen,” by the author of this blog. The publication explores 50 of Toronto’s old theatres and contains over 80 archival photographs of the facades, marquees and interiors of the theatres. It also relates anecdotes and stories from those who experienced these grand old movie houses.  


              To place an order for this book: .

Book also available at Chapters/Indigo, the book shop at the Bell Lightbox or University of Toronto Press at 416-667-7791

ISBN # 978.1.62619.450.2

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