by Gerry Flahive I was a teenage usher. I don’t think anyone is going to make a feature film, a la FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, based on my early 1970’s adventures at the somewhat-forgotten, and largely-underrated palace of guilty pleasures, Yonge Street’s Imperial Six. But if they did, it probably would be called USHERETTES […]
On May 7, 1923, Toronto citizens gathered at various downtown and suburban theatres, including the Allen at Richmond and Victoria, to see silent film of the recent wedding of Prince Albert and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, oddly paired with A Royal Divorce, about the embittered union between Napoleon and Josephine.
With the passing of Elizabeth Taylor last month, here’s her name on the marquee of the Loew’s Yonge St. Theatre on October 3, 1952, opening day of the MGM Technicolor epic Ivanhoe, which also starred Robert Taylor and Joan Fontaine. When was the last time horses showed up to a Toronto film premiere? The Loew’s, […]
One of the few things missing in action when the Odeon Toronto (later Odeon Carlton) opened near Yonge and Carlton in September of 1948 was its much touted restaurant. Located on the mezzanine of the 2300 seat theatre, the Carlton Restaurant’s opening was delayed due to problems with existing theatre regulations. Bear in mind that […]
From September 13, 1955, a Universal double-bill featuring Abbott and Costello Meet The Mummy and This Island Earth playing at various 20th Century Theatres, including the Downtown and the Westwood. Source: Toronto Daily Star.