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Repurposed Art Deco Allenby Theatre On The Danforth: Exploring Toronto Part VIII

April 30, 2013 Leave a comment

Esso Tim Hortons Allenby Theatre Toronto

A while back I was driving down Danforth Avenue and I passed an Esso & Tim Hortons which was – to say the least – different from most every other I have seen. The address for this building is 1213 Danforth Ave (map).

I grew up in North York and didn’t spend a lot of time in The Danforth area of the city so seeing this structure was completely new to me. What struck me was that it clearly was no longer a movie theater even though the facade appeared to be one. And those movie titles…”Tim Hortons”? “On The Run”? Those weren’t movie titles, they were store names! I looked into it some more once I got home to a computer and found this document from the City of Toronto – 1213 Danforth Avenue (Allenby Theatre) – Alterations to a Designated Heritage Property (PDF Link) – which identifies the theater building as a “Designated Heritage Property” as the title indicates. It also gives some great details into the history of the building which you can find quoted below the next picture:

Allenby Theatre Esso Tim Hortons Toronto December 2012

Looking from the east side of the building.

The Allenby Theatre (more recently known as the Roxy Theatre), was constructed in 1935 by the partnership of Kaplan and Sprachman, the firm responsible for between 70 and 80% of all movie theatres constructed in Canada between 1921 and 1950.

The Allenby Theatre was designated by the City in 2006 as a representative example of the style of theatre constructed between World War I and II with notable Art Deco / Art Moderne detailing

Esso Tim Hortons Allenby Theatre Toronto December 2012


For more on the theater and for more pictures check out this article from Torontoist dated October 19, 2010: “From Double Feature To Double-Double.”

Pretty interesting redevelopment of an old building isn’t it? I love finding these cool little things in a city and if you know of any in Toronto/The Greater Toronto Area you think I should check out let me know!

Also, if you or your family members have any memories of going to the Roxy/Allenby I would really love to read them in the comments below.


Legally Turn Left On A Red Light? In Toronto?: Exploring Toronto Part VII

January 15, 2013 2 comments
Sign allowing left turn on red light

Sign allowing left turn on red light southbound on Hilda Ave onto Jonathan Gate

No, technically this sign is not in Toronto. This sign and the intersection for which it is giving instructions is in the Greater Toronto Area in the city of Vaughan a bit north of Toronto’s city line. I have never seen any other sign like this or an intersection like it anywhere else in North America so I thought it was interesting enough to share in my Exploring Toronto series of blog posts.

Legal Left Turn On Red Thornhill Ontario Canada

How I wish that light had been red when I took this picture!

This sign which says that at this intersection it is permitted for a driver to make a left turn on a red can be found at the intersection of Jonathan Gate and Hilda Avenue in the community of Thornhill in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada. I have known about this intersection for well over a decade as I have a number of friends who grew up right around the corner from here and have always taken a special pleasure in making a left turn on this red light…although to be honest I almost never have reason to because I almost never had a reason to go down Jonathan Gate. Just look at where it is (in the Google Maps screen grab below). Read more…

4 Reasons Why The TTC Subway Extension Should Plan For Cellular Devices

August 29, 2011 2 comments

Subway train entering TTC Osgoode Station, April 7, 2011 in Toronto.

Some thoughts on the extension to the Yonge-University-Spadina (YUS) Line on the western branch (beginning from Downsview Station) which the TTC is currently building.

OK, this is really one thought:

They should build the new subway extensions to allow for cell use even if they are underground tunnels.

To be clear, what I mean by that, is that they should allow for cell signals to be able to penetrate the underground tunnels – assuming it is feasible – by having shafts/grates above the tunnels to above ground to allow the signals to penetrate. This would mean a special network would not have to be built up below ground (at least for these new tunnels).

TTC Yonge-University-Spadina_extenstion_map via Wikipedia at

Here’s why: Read more…

Life Looks Good On Easy Street: Exploring Toronto Part II

August 11, 2011 3 comments

Easy Street Richmond Hill Ontario

OK, yes, technically, this picture is from Richmond Hill, Ontario not Toronto I will be the first to say that. However, it is Greater Toronto Area and it fit in well enough with the name of this previous post to make it “part of a series.”

I was up in Richmond Hill the other day and I saw this street on my navigation screen as it was directing me. I decided I had to go there – especially given the name of the street it intersects with – “Neighbourly Lane.” I kid you not! Check out the picture below.

Easy Street & Neighbourly Lane, Richmond Hill Ontario I sort of wonder how often the people who live on that street – Easy Street – hear jokes about the name of their street. I wonder if they think they’re totally corny a week after they move in there and they tell everyone their new address. Their kids probably have trouble with their IDs because no store clerk will ever believe it’s a real street name and the ID must be fake – especially if the kids have young looking faces even after their 19th birthday!

Lastly, I wonder how often those signs which say “EASY ST” are stolen each year? I wonder if they’re in the running for the world’s most stolen official sign – after the municipalities of Fucking, Austria; Intercourse, Pennsylvania; and Shitterton, England, UK of course.

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