Projectionists at the Loew’s Yonge St. Theatre

Projectionists at the Loew’s Yonge St. Theatre

From left to right: Loew’s Yonge St. Theatre projectionists and operators Earl Winslow, Phil Ristow, Charles Sturgess and Charles Hallett pose for the January, 1946 issue of Lo!, the Loew’s Inc. employee magazine, which was in its second year of publication. Winslow was the veteran of the bunch, having manned the booth on the Yonge St. theatre’s opening¬† night in December, 1913; “select photoplays” by Selig, Pathe and Biograph were shown. Long-lasting tenures weren’t uncommon…

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Zardoz lobby card from Imperial Six

I’m not sure where a Zardoz lobby card from the former Imperial Six on Yonge st. figures in the annals of Sean Connery memorabilia, but it will make a welcome addition to the office wall. If you stare closely enough, you can see the tear-splash of a minor who was denied entry into Cinema 3 by a power-hungry usher when it premiered at the Imperial Six on March 15, 1974.

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TIFF: Mary Pickford and the Invention of the Movie Star

In today’s Toronto Star, I preview TIFF’s latest exhibit, Mary Pickford and the Invention of the Movie Star, based on the collection of Rob Brooks. Over the course of three decades, Brooks, a Toronto native, amassed thousands of items including lobby cards, posters, correspondence and several personal items once owned by Toronto’s own Mary Pickford. In the article, I mention Pickford’s long-held ties to Toronto. In an early 1920s visit, Pickford was so enamoured by…

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Tales from the Downtown Theatre

With the awful blaze that decimated the former Empress Hotel at 335 Yonge St. over the weekend, I’ve been thinking about the evolution of the Yonge and Dundas area — the former Yonge Street Strip. One of the most noticeable changes over the past decades is the disappearance of store-front movie theatres and their sky-jutting, neon-lit pylons. In the above day-and-night photos taken by John Wallington in March of 1972, behold the long-forgotten Downtown Theatre,…

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Mothra Attacks Toronto!

Well, not really. But since Lightbox screened Gojira alongside Mars Attacks last night, I thought I’d dig into the archive and share this June 1, 1962 Toronto Star advertisement for Mothra, the atomic fire-breather’s fellow kaiju. The “most monstrous beast ever created” — which could be referring to Rod Steiger — ¬†played the Downtown Theatre and other screens. Horror and monster fans had plenty to work with that week: the New Toronto Biltmore was showing…

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