Odeon Theatres had much to be thankful for in 1948, as their flagship theatre, the Odeon Toronto, was built near the corner of Yonge and Carlton. The mighty British cinema chain opened its new theatre – dubbed “The Showplace of the Dominion” – on September 9 with a premiere of Oliver Twist, starring Alec Guinness […]
About Eric Veillette
My name is Eric Veillette and I am a Toronto-based journalist, researcher and film programmer. As a journalist, my musings on cinema, censorship, architecture and Toronto history appear regularly in the Toronto Star‘s flagship Insight section. For Entertainment, I’ve covered various local film festivals and event profiles. At Rue Morgue Magazine, I examine horror films both old and new and look at the ways in which horror has intermingled with pop culture over the decades. I am also working on several writing projects with Heritage Toronto, but in the past, my work has appeared in Goldmine, Wire, Perfect Sound Forever, Parks Canada publications, and Archival Outlook, the print publication for the Society of American Archivists. In the world of film programming, I run classic retrospectives in two of Toronto’s oldest repertory theatres. The Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles Ave. is home to Silent Sundays, a semi-monthly celebration of the lost art of silent film. Accompanied by acclaimed silent pianist William O’Meara, the series caters to the Revue’s neighbourhood base, offering an assortment of slapstick and adventure from cinema’s golden age. Earlier this year I launched Classics From The Vault at the Fox Theatre in the Beaches. Aimed at highlighting the best from the 30s and 40s that are rarely seen on Toronto’s big screens, the Fox is also the new home for the my classic horror-focused Creepy Classics series which began at Cine-Cycle in 2008. For the 2009 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, I curated an assortment of silent films titled SHHH. Held at Dundas Square in the bustle of the afternoon, festival-goers were treated to seldom-seen films featuring Buster Keaton, Colleen Moore, Clara Bow, John Gilbert and Douglas Fairbanks.
This week we continue our recent examination of the historic Atmospheric theatres that once existed in this fair country. We now leave Toronto and look to la belle province to the east. by Eric Veillette While walking in the Notre-Dame-De-Grace area of Montreal on a particularly cold winter night in January of 2007, I looked […]
In 2007, I moved into an apartment in the Forest Hill area, kitty-corner to what was once the flagship cinema of the Famous Players theatre chain: The Eglinton. It closed down in early 2002, when Famous Players refused to comply with an Ontario Human Rights Commision directive to make the theatre wheelchair accessible. Although dedicated […]
By the mid 1920s, after the construction of great vaudeville and movie houses like the Toronto Pantages and Loew’s Yonge St. Theatre, North American theatre designers sought more cost-effective ways to attract theatre-goers. What resulted was the Atmospheric style. Iconoclastic and progressive, it took theatre-goers out of the tired palatial setting and brought them into […]
Silent Toronto is hoping to inject a little classic horror into Toronto’s October film calendar, so we present our first-annual Halloween Creepy Classics Film Event! WHAT IS IT? A special 16mm screening of the Halperin Bros. classic White Zombie. WHEN IS IT? Monday, October 27. Doors open at 7:30, and please arrive early – seating […]