From the June 6, 1953 edition of the Toronto Telegram comes this tempting offer from the Casino Theatre at Queen & Bay: Latin-American chorus girls, the Marciano-Walcott fight and a Columbia cheapie about a school for sassy juvenile delinquents.
If that wasn’t scintillating enough, your retinas would burn out to a newsreel of the recent coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. If you preferred the full royal experience, a visit to Yonge and Carlton was your best bet. That same day, the Odeon Toronto was showing A Queen is Crowned, “the only full-length Technicolor film of the coronation.”
And hey, a Mickey Rooney flick was on the bill the following week. Coincidentally, Rooney (now 90!) is performing at Hugh’s Room next week, on September 30th, but don’t let that deter you from coming out to my screening of The Big Sleep & The Maltese Falcon at the Fox Theatre.Tags: burlesque, burlesque in toronto, casino theatre, eric veillette, fox theatre, mickey rooney, nabes, old toronto cinemas, queen and bay streets toronto, the big sleep, the maltese falcon, toronto movie theatres, toronto telegram