The Walking Dead at the Allenby Cinema

The Walking Dead at the Allenby Cinema

With Halloween but a day away, here’s a photo of the Allenby Theatre’s lobby in 1936, showing Boris Karloff in The Walking Dead, with Gorilla Man, Snooper Service and Night Watchman as b-pictures. The gimmick on the poster (“Blow on this spot — If it turns GREEN, you are too weak to…”) is typical of that era, and was probably tongue-in-cheekly enforced by a tuxedo-wearing cinema manager. By the time The Walking Dead reached the…

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Midnight Madness Looms!

Midnight Madness Looms!

If this were sometime in the early ’70s, I’d be spending the witching hour on the Danforth, catching a bunch of Midnite Movies at the Music Hall, then known as the Titania. But hey, those days are long gone, so whataya gonna do for your midnight kicks? Thankfully, Midnight Madness at the Toronto International Film Festival is right around the corner. Learn a little more about this year’s selections at the official Midnight Madness Blog!

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Allen’s Danforth Theatre

Allen’s Danforth Theatre

Nearly a year after celebrating its 90th anniversary, the Danforth Music Hall closed its doors last week. When the Festival chain of rep cinemas let it go in 2004, the venue re-opened as a live entertainment space, hosting memorable concerts like the Arcade Fire in 2005. Last year, with the intention of creating a new theatre district on the Danforth, its owners entered into an agreement with DanCap Productions. I’m not sure of the specifics, but…

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The Danforth Music Hall Turns 90!

by Eric Veillette In today’s Saturday Star, I write about the Danforth Music Hall’s upcoming 90th anniversary. On Tuesday, August 18, Heritage Toronto and the Riverdale Historical Society will be celebrating this milestone by unveiling a plaque in its honour. By recreating the events from nearly a century ago, the evening will also feature a silent film, Dollars and Sense, with live accompaniment. The Music Hall, originally known as Allen’s Danforth, remains one of the…

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