Cinemas were often a choice neighbourhood site for Victory Bond rallies during both World Wars. In the above photo, members of an unidentified regiment are lined up in front of the Midtown Theatre (now the Bloor Cinema), then owned by 20th Century Theatres.
Although I haven’t been able to properly date the photo, it was taken some time after the all-star flick Stage Door Canteen ended its two-month run at the Loew’s Yonge St. Theatre in September, 1943.
Big thanks goes to Christina Stewart of the CNE Archives for unearthing this photo, which is also one of the rare shots of this theatre to feature the now-demolished two-storey building immediately to the east.
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