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Dundas and Spadina/ Then and Now

dundas-spadina 1921

The N/E corner of Dundas and Spadina in 1921, the home of Dr.H.H. Moorhouse will soon be demolished to make way for the Standard Theatre.


standard+theatre20100418-vicbLooking north from the corner, 1930. When it was the Standard Theatre.

dudas spadina 1967Looking north across Dundas sometime in the late 1960’s. The car in the foreground is a post 1965 Corvair. The Victory Theatre, formerly The Standard Theatre opened in 1921 and was one of the finest Yiddish theatres in North America. In 1935 it was renamed The Strand and re-opened as a movie house and was again renamed The Victory after the war. It continued to operate as a burlesque house until 1975.

tumblr_m02gr28aJK1qmmr9io1_500Miss Kelly Barton!

dundas spadina 2010Today.

victoryburlesquesmallAnother shot of the Victory from an excellent site, Silent Toronto.

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For more on the Toronto Burlesque scene in the 50’s and 60’s click here.

Screen Shot 2013-02-24 at 6.57.11 PMA map from 1910 shows the house on the corner of Spadina and St. Patrick (Dundas).

Buildings in red are brick, those in yellow are wood.


2 responses

  1. Cass

    Hi! Thank you for this great site. I’m enjoying seeing the all the transformations that familiar places have gone through over the years. I’m curious to know if you have the archival reference for a few photos, as I’d like to look into them further. In particular, Dr. Moorehead’s house, and the corner shot of the Victory Burlesque building. Thank you!

    November 29, 2013 at 4:25 pm

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