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Some good news about the Runnymede. The next tenants intend to preserve it. From the Star, November 7th:
“Shoppers Drug Mart will move into the old Runnymede Theatre now occupied by a Chapters Indigo bookstore, but the heritage building will be preserved.”
“We will be retaining all of the existing historical features, interior and exterior, including the stage and interior walls,” according to a statement issued by Shoppers Drug Mart on Thursday.
From the blog: “The demolition of the former site of the Seville theatre began officially on Tuesday, June 8, 2010. A press conference was held in downtown Montreal, on the site of the future housing project, at the corner of Sainte-Catherine and Chomedey Sts. Mayor GÃ©rald Tremblay, the president of Claridge and Jacques Vincent, co-president of PrÃ©vel, have each expressed their pride in seeing this project of 450 new condos becoming reality. The ground floor will be occupied exclusively by businesses giving onto Sainte-Catherine St. Here is a preliminary rendering of Le Seville.”
The developer “Prevel” has put up some old pictures of the Seville Theatre during her glory years on their blog. A condo unit is about to replace the wreck of Seville, and judging by the lineup around their newly constructed offices, units are selling like hotcakes—> http://condosleseville.blogspot.com/
They’ve begun tearing down the deserted block, where Seville’s ruins stand. Her days are numbered. My guess is that within 1-2 weeks time, we’ll be changing her status to “demolished”.
I would like to see the Midwest Group also attempt to salvage the other articles from the Capitol (ie. who owns the discarded items in the Arthur Cook building, as mentioned in the Star Phoenix?) If Midwest could preserve as many Capitol artifacts as possible, in one location, that would be great.
I personally think the marquee would suit a diner or cafe. I’m scared they’re gonna use it for some ugly condominium unit. A theatre-themed diner, with artifacts, would allow patrons to learn about the former Capitol. It would attract a larger demographic.
Some good news about the Capitol’s grand marquee:
‘The Mid-West design team peeled away deteriorating outer paint to discover the original multi-coloured paint scheme. Paint chips were kept so that it can be restored as closely as possible to its original colour scheme. The marquee was then sandblasted and prepared for re-painting and intricate electrical re-wiring. The restoration project is expected to cost about $80,000 and will be completed once the Mid-West Group has identified an appropriate building in its property portfolio on which to showcase it.“
Go here—> http://www.midwestgroup.ca/diversity/heritage/
A picture I took last night of Cinema Banque Scotia—>
A picture of Rainbow I took Sept ‘09—>
Pictures I took of Roxy in September of ‘09—>
July ‘09 BlogTO article on the Metro Theatre—>
The Metro Theatre’s website—>
Could somebody in Toronto please take pictures of the Canada Square Cinemas, before it either dissapears or has its original interior renovated (if it hasn’t been already)?
Short filmmakers Adam Brodie and Dave Derewlany at Canada Square—>
They’ve lovingly preserved enough of Runnymede, that she could be easily re-converted into a cinema at future date. This is the way to go with older theatres. No more gutting, please.
December ‘09 picture—>
What’s especially tragic about the loss of Seville is that when she closed as a moviehouse, she could’ve been preserved in a similar manner to that of Toronto’s Runnymede Theatre.
They retained Runnymede’s character by incorporating it into her new incarnation as a Chapters bookstore. If you don’t know what I mean, go here—>
I really wish they’d do this to old theatres more often, instead of gutting. Poor Seville.
The Metropolitan, as of September 30th, ‘09—>
34 new images of Capitol, some colour, taken the year before its destruction have surfaced. They make my heart hurt. What a loss! Click here—>
RubyRed – No, I haven’t seen the marquee. I live in Montreal, which makes anything related to Saskatoon sort of difficult.
Calgary has a horrible track record with old theatres. It’s not an arts city; but an epicentre for conservative oil executives, who don’t give a damn. That makes people like you, that much more necessary.
Since you’re there, I say savour what few theatres there are left, ie. The Plaza, The Uptown. Do keep me up to speed, though.
RubyRed – My father was one of the many who fought like hell to try and save the Capitol. Its loss embitters him to this day.
The only real reason Roxy survived was because of the neighbourhood she’s in (read: lower income, less desirable). Had she had the misfortune of being built downtown like Capitol, Empire, Tivoli, and Daylight, she’d be gone.
The very fact that 30yrs have passed, and the city STILL can’t decide what to do with these artifacts is sickening. Somebody needs to push them hard.
Certain items from the Capitol can be found on display at the Hose & Hydrant Pub, off Broadway. Among them, a ticket kiosk, wall sconces, and chandeliers.
You can see some pictures here—>
Read my previous comment on where other items are being hidden.
A Star Phoenix article dated December 7th, ‘09 covers the revitalizing going on in Saskatoon’s warehouse district, specifically to the Authur Cook building.
It says: “Discarded items from the demolished Capitol Theatre collect dust behind locked doors on the upper floors”.
If someone from Saskatoon could somehow get permission to see those items and take pictures to post here, that would be very cool.
Picture of the Rosette’s inside—>
Picture of Sundown, Dec ‘03—>
Saskatchewan has begun posting its restaurant health inspection reports online.
According to an August ‘09 report on the Twilite, they’ve been cited for 2 items, one critical involved handwashing practices/facilities. The other related to garbarge removal. Re-inspection priority has been deemed: Moderate.
The owner has added a new “living room” to show older movies in.