Odeon Danforth

635 Danforth Avenue,
Toronto, ON M4K

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Previously operated by: Cineplex Odeon, Odeon Theatres (Canada) Ltd.

Architects: Jay I. English

Functions: Gymnasium

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Rex Theatre

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Odeon Danforth

Opened on April 16, 1948, the Odeon Danforth had seating for 852 in the orchestra and 478 in the balcony. It is now a fitness center, though much of the exterior has been preserved.

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Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

telliott on June 6, 2008 at 5:58 pm

Yes the old Parkdale was indeed a Famous Players theatre, still there however has been an antique store for years and years. Went there several times as a child. Both the FP Parkdale and the old Odeon were both in a neighbourhood known as Parkdale in Toronto’s west end. Despite the fact that I love thre Rivest list, there are several errors in there regarding Toronto area theatres that I have written to him about but were never corrected. Not sure he’s updating his info anymore.

telliott on June 6, 2008 at 6:37 pm

Yes, that’s the one LM. After the Odeon chain dropped it, it was a Greek cinema called the Rex Danforth…at 635 Danforth Ave at Pape. It’s in the heart of Toronto’s Greektown, so showed Greek movies for years. It’s still there although has been a gym for many years.

CSWalczak on April 6, 2009 at 2:54 am

Based on the picture posted by Chuck1231, it is evident that the theater was twinned prior to its closure. Screens should be 2.

telliott on April 6, 2009 at 10:11 am

That picture is of the Odeon HYLAND at Yonge & St Clair. The Odeon DANFORTH was never twinned. It was sold by Odeon before any twinning could be done.

telliott on April 6, 2009 at 12:10 pm

The listing for this should be changed back to single screen then.

JohnnyCool on January 10, 2010 at 2:06 pm

The ‘Rex Danforth’ was also a live music venue for a brief time; I saw Devo there in about 1980/81. The mighty Clash also played there I believe.

What of the Pape across the street from it (kitty corner)? I grew up in the neighbourhood and frequented the Pape and the Donlands cinemas, as well as the beloved (and recently demolished) Roxy at Greenwood and Danforth (which was a second run house before becoming a rep under the stewardship of Gary Topp in the later ‘70s).

CSWalczak on January 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm

The Pape was on Pape at 336. I think you are thinking of the Palace.

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on September 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Just to set the record straight. Gary Topp did run the Roxy at Greenwood & Danforth in the early 70', but I took it over in the mid 70’s and renovated the auditorium: much larger screen, replaced the seats, installed an optical Dolby Stereo sound system. The place I inherited was, to put it charitably, a dump.

rivest266 on March 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm

April 16th, 1948 grand opening ad in photo section.

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