It’s always sad when a movie theatre is torn down. These happy gathering places are oftentimes the heart and soul of a community, and when it’s a beauty like The Humber doubly so.
<BLACK & WHITE PHOTOS – The Humber when it opened in 1949>
Opened in 1949 as an Odeon, it was shut down in 2003 and then re-opened in 2011. Four cinemas (two downstairs) were created out of the original two, but the integrity of the building was maintained. This historic cinema (which reminds me of the old downtown Carlton) could soon disappear and be replaced by a 14-storey mixed-use building. There might be a theatre inside, and then again there might not.
TORONTO has at least 10 intact, fully functioning neighbourhood cinemas – many of them survivors from the Golden Age. It appears that The Humber won‘t be joining that club.