kurosawa
Countless Nights
out of sync
Cinema Paradiso


 The University theatre opened in 1949 with 1300 seats and one screen. The first move it played was Jon of Arc. 

The theatre had a marvellous lobby and a lounge. It was given the name `Famous Player`s Finest Post-war Theatre, and once you have a look at the pictures you`ll understand why. Designed by Eric Hounsom along with architect Kaplan and Sprachman the theatre was described as being “one of the warmest and most luxurious yet` according to the Star. The Facade represented how film spools through a projector hence the wavy look to the outside.  

The theatre was closed even though there was a large public outcry the mayor at the time, Eggleton, even fought for it to stay alive. However, it could not be saved. The Ontario Historical preservation board didn`t even intervene because there was no apparent historical significance.  In 1986 the theatre was demolished and the facade was the only thing that remained. The reason for the theatre`s demise was because single screen theatres were not as popular as multiplexes. When it closed Famous Players said it would open a multi screen theatre in its place, however, we know that never happened.

 http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/english/on-line-exhibits/theatres/theatres/university-toronto.aspx

 

http://www.blogto.com/city/2011/02/the_lost_movie_theatres_of_toronto/

    

http://silenttoronto.com/?tag=university-theatre-toronto

(Source: whyilovetoronto)

One of the 4 Revues