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Former Cinemas of Canada: Canon Theatre, Capitol Cinema, The Music Hall, Uptown Theatre, Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres, Runnymede Theatre

Former Cinemas of Canada: Canon Theatre, Capitol Cinema, The Music Hall, Uptown Theatre, Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres, Runnymede Theatre

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Chapters: Canon Theatre, Capitol Cinema, The Music Hall, Uptown Theatre, Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres, Runnymede Theatre, University Theatre, Nickel Theatre, Elgin Theatre,. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 43. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: The Canon Theatre is a historic theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Canon Theatre began as the Pantages Theatre in 1920 as a combination vaudeville and motion picture house. Designed by the great theatre architect Thomas W. Lamb, it was the largest cinema in Canada (originally having 3373 seats) and one of the most elegant. The Pantages was built by the Canadian motion picture distributor Nathan L. Nathanson, founder of Famous Players Canadian Corporation, the Canadian motion picture distributing arm of Adolph Zukor's Paramount Pictures. While Famous Players retained ownership, management and booking were turned over to the Pantages organisation, one of the largest vaudeville and motion picture theatre circuits in North America. The Pantages circuit had its beginnings in Canada, in the Yukon. Pericles Alexander Pantages had been a sailor on a Greek merchant ship who left the sea in search of riches during the great 1897 Klondike Gold Rush. Although he found no gold, he became part owner of a small theatre in Dawson City - the Orpheum - that staged vaudeville and burlesque shows. From this beginning, he built an entertainment empire that would eventually include a Hollywood film studio, a powerful vaudeville booking agency and ownership or control of more than 120 theatres across Canada and the western United States - most of which were known as "The Pantages". The Toronto theatre was the easternmost house of the Pantages circuit, which then dominated the western market, but had been blocked in the east by the powerful Keith-Albee-Or...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=2060588