Gloria Swanson in Toronto

Perhaps not the close-up Gloria Swanson had in mind when she called out her famous line in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard, the above photo was taken during the silent star’s visit to Toronto in July of 1950 —  one of the 34 stops in her publicity tour for Paramount’s Sunset Boulevard. Although the film would not premiere in Toronto until the following month, Swanson’s two-day stop was a busy one. On Monday, July 3, she…

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Olsen & Johnson at the Odeon Carlton

Olsen & Johnson at the Odeon Carlton

Here’s a shot of the interior of the former Odeon Carlton, from September of 1948, featuring Vaudeville act Olsen & Johnson, some creepy clowns and a bunch of furries behind the Carlton’s fantastic mural. The comedy team and their perverted pals were in town performing on the grandstand at the CNE. A special benefit was held at the theatre, located near the corner of Yonge and Carlton. Days beforehand, on September 9, the mighty British…

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King of Kings at Smash

King of Kings at Smash

Smash, an architectural salvage and curiosities shop in the Junction on Dundas St. W, recently unearthed the containers which once housed several prints of Nicholas Ray’s King of Kings (which I haven’t seen since I was a kid, but holy mackerel — Rip Torn played Judas?). Who knows what happened to the film, but they also have some flashy but heavy 70mm reels — not exactly the easiest thing to find nowadays —  which could…

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The University Theatre

by Eric Veillette With the construction of the city of Toronto’s latest and tallest skyscraper set to begin at the south-east side of Yonge and Bloor, it’s safe to say that intersection will never be the same. Not that it’s anything to write home about at the moment, either; when walking west on Bloor, you’re hit with Yorkville shops selling designer wear and other overpriced junk. But in the late 1940s, the only thing people…

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