Merry Christmas from Shea’s Hippodrome

“He loved to fight and fought to love. His dames, like his flags, were many and soon forgotten.” Ladies and gentlemen — my future epitaph.

The above ad is from the Toronto Star, December 22, 1930. Also playing in Toronto that week: Lon Chaney in The Unholy Three at the Royce (Edwin/Dupont); John Barrymore in Moby Dick at the Palace (Danforth/Pape); Amos & Andy in Check and Double Check at the Belsize (still around, as the Regent on Mt. Pleasant Rd.); Bebe Daniels in Dixiana at the Runnymede (Bloor/Runnymede).

As the year comes to a close, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for visiting this site. For all the collaborations, I’d like to thank my editors at the Toronto Star, Rue Morgue Magazine, the fine gang at Heritage Toronto, as well as a tip of the porkpie hat to the Revue Cinema and the Fox Theatre.

If you’re new to Silent Toronto, the following posts will give you an overview of some of this year’s content.

Top Five Features of 2010:

Extreme Usher
Adventures at the somewhat-forgotten and largely-underrated palace of guilty pleasures, Yonge Street’s Imperial Six. By Gerry Flahive.

The Great Candy Bar Uprising of 1947
In 1947, over 500 school-children marched along Bloor St., protesting a candy bar price increase. By Eric Veillette.

The Evolution of Cool
Early cinemas were used to convince the populace that air conditioning was cool. By Alfred Holden.

So Young So Bad, Disappearing Doors at the Bloor
When the Bloor Cinema had more than one thoroughfare. By Eric Veillette.

Lost Films of the Loew’s Theatre
Nearly all of Theda Bara‘s films are now considered lost, but they once played various Toronto cinemas. By Eric Veillette.

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