The Yonge Street Strip

The Yonge Street Strip

  In the late 1970s, you could venture down a five block strip of Toronto’s Yonge St. — from Gerrard to Queen — and find several cinemas offering the kind of trashy celluloid fare you could only dream of seeing in a theatre nowadays. Today, the city’s flagship street and main tourist destination is oddly devoid of street-front cinemas. On Dundas, across the street from the former Downtown Theatre is this massive crypt of a…

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Hollywood dreams at the Loew’s Yonge St. Theatre

Hollywood dreams at the Loew’s Yonge St. Theatre

In the early days of the movie palace, it didn’t take much to get people into the theatres. The seats were always filled with beaming eyes staring at the latest antics of Mary Pickford or Buster Keaton. Despite jam-packed attendance, theatre managers liked to spruce things up a bit, and give patrons a little more than just a film and a newsreel.¬†How about offering up a prize for grabs? A Saint-John, New Brunswick newspaper clipping…

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