Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Saved

This is almost a drive-by pic as I was driving along Dandforth Ave in the east end of the city, an area I don't often go to and I spotted The Allenby Theatre and quickly pulled over. This Art Deco beauty was constructed in 1935 and was hugely popular until being renamed The Roxy in the 1970s. It became famous in the city for showing the Rocky Horror Picture Show and did well for many years until finally closing. In 2007 it was given historical protection and so it avoided being torn down but it no longer operates as a theatre. The facade and box office have been restored but the rest of the building was changed and it is now a Tim Horton's outlet (the famous Canadian coffee & donut shop). I intend to go back one day to check out the details and have a look inside. 
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28 comments:

Lea said...

It is a beautiful old building
Have a wonderful day!

Cloudia said...

God for saving it, Pat!

Sharon Anck said...

What a wonderful old building. I'm glad to see it saved. You will have to let us know if the inside is as nice once you go back to check it out.

Adam said...

Nice they were able to save it

Lois said...

It is a wonderful old building and reminds me of the old theatre I used to go to when I was a kid. I'm glad this one was saved because mine burned down unfortunately.

Tom said...

...what a great one.

William Kendall said...

An interesting conversion. One of the former theatres here ended up a fast food joint, though the exterior facade was preserved.

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

Used to live up the street!

Jenn said...

Nice to see a city protecting it's historic buildings. Love the old sign and marquee!! Interesting to see a Tims in it lol!

Lowell said...

The process of "historical preservation" is an important one and necessary to save buildings like this. Love these old theaters but it's too bad it's not still showing movies. The name "Horton" gives me chills as there's a builder here by the name of Horton and he's got a terrible reputation all over the country, actually! :)

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I am glad this theatre was saved. It is good to the shops are there.
Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

Andy said...

I am grateful for the historical protection. I must be the only old movie theatre in Toronto that still has it's original look.

Taken For Granted said...

At least this fine old Art Deco theater building got saved. Our Art Deco theater building is now a dance studio, and the front is a barbershop.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Um belo trabalho fotográfico, gostei bastante.
Um abraço e continuação de boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
Livros-Autografados

Revrunner said...

A Horton's seems like a suitable tenant.

Mike said...

We had a theater here that did the Rocky Horror Picture Show every Saturday night at midnight for years.

Lesley said...

Yep, remember those Rocky Horror days!

Christine said...

Saved by coffee & donuts!

Terri said...

Neat old building, and how nice it was saved!

bill burke said...

Very cool. It's great that a well known business is now a tenant.

Jim said...

Great design.

Catalyst said...

It's so sad to see old theatres go down. And to become a donut shop! Horrors.

The Furry Gnome said...

That's a unique Tim's!

Photo Cache said...

What a nice building.

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PerthDailyPhoto said...

Fabulous Art Deco building Pat! As long as it's being used and not knocked down I'm happy ☺

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I’m glad they preserved it ... and I’d certainly go oftener to a coffee shop than to Rocky Horror ))

Kate said...

This building resembles the art deco theatre in our neighborhood.

Karen S. said...

Wonderful, and I'm looking forward to your photos on your return trip sometime.