Kodachrome slides, technicolor screens

The above Kodachrome slide (taken in 1987 by Alfred Holden) shows the terrazzo of the Danforth’s Roxy Theatre — originally known as the Allenby when it was built by Kaplan & Sprachman in 1935. Many Toronto theatres were captured in Kodachrome, some of the best residing at the City of Toronto Archives in the F. Ellis Wiley Fonds.

Toronto has long held an interesting relationship with Kodachrome, something I examine in today’s Toronto Star. Astrid Idlewild, a McGill University urban planning student, has launched Kodachrome Toronto 1935-2010, a Masters project aimed at examining Toronto’s urban and cultural development through the warm and resilient medium.

The project’s Flickr pool features some amazing views of Toronto both old and new:  a branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia at Don Mills and Lawrence (1959); the demolished  Hotel Warwick at Dundas and Jarvis (1980); Siouxsie Sioux performing at the Music Hall (1980); Yonge St. at Queen, with the Elgin Theatre’s pylon visible on the right (1980); the Matador at College and Dovercourt (2010).

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