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Toronto’ s Lost Vaudeville Theatres

A lit up theatre marquee with a vertical sign that says VAUGHANFebruary 8, 2017
Doors open: 1:00 pm, Program 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Guest speaker: Jeffrey Canton
Once… there were grand movie palaces, with marquees, plush seats and Wurlitzers, where audiences enjoyed vaudeville or theatrical shows before a film. As movies became more popular, these ornate theatres were converted into cinemas; today, they have almost all disappeared.

Drop-In: $5.00 (Includes refreshments)

Movie houses first started popping up around Toronto in the 1910s and ’20s, in an era without television and before radio had permeated every household. Dozens of these grand structures were built and soon became an important part of the cultural and architectural fabric of the city. A century later the surviving, defunct, and reinvented movie houses of Toronto’s past are filled with captivating stories. Explore fifty historic Toronto movie houses and theaters, and discover their roles as repositories of memories for a city that continues to grow its cinema legacy.

A man with chin length grey hair and a beard wears glasses and smilesJeffrey Canton is a lecturer for Ryerson's LIFE Institute, a writer, bookseller and spoken word performance artist. His work has appeared in newspaper and magazines across Canada and he was a founding member of CBC Radio's Fresh Air Book Club. Jeffrey is one of Canada's foremost experts in Children's Literature and has spoken at conferences across North America. Jeffrey also a storyteller – he has been telling stories for more than three decades, taking listeners from the fantastic worlds of Hans Andersen to the madcap village of Chelm, sharing original stories that dig deep into the strata of Toronto’s own history.


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