Dufferin Drive-In

Dufferin Street & Steeles Avenue W,
Toronto, ON M3J 3N3

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Previously operated by: Canadian Odeon Theatres, Cineplex Odeon

Previous Names: Odeon Dufferin Drive-In

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Dufferin Drive-In

Opened May 27, 1950 with Doris Day in “It’s a Great Feeling”. The Odeon Dufferin Drive-In featured a swimming pool and a rear projection screen so movies could be shown in the daytime. The pool eventually cracked and was filled in. The rear projection screen was damaged by the winters in Toronto, so it was changed to a conventional screen.

It was operated by Canadian Odeon through the 1970’s and 1980’s. In the last year of operation it was run by Cineplex-Odeon.

The Dufferin Drive-In closed in 1984, and a residential subdivision was built on the site.

Contributed by Doug Gordon

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

rivest266 on March 4, 2014 at 4:54 pm

May 27th, 1950 grand opening ad in photo section.

davidcoppock on October 14, 2018 at 6:13 am

Opened with “it’s a great feeling”. Was the rear projection on the back of the screen? First drive-in theatre i have heard of, having a swimming pool(is it unique in the World?)!!

davidcoppock on October 14, 2018 at 6:14 am

Why the name Dufferin?

davidcoppock on January 10, 2019 at 1:53 am

According to the above photo, the drive-in was also called Odeon Dufferin Drive-in.

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