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Bathurst St.

Bloor and Bathurst/Then and Now

Bloor and Bathurst/Then and NowLooking west along Bloor from Bathurst in 1960. Honest Ed’s, on the south side had not yet expanded to take up the entire block and the Alhambra Theatre on the north side is showing
Once More With Feeling” and “Our Man in Havana
The Alhambra was originally called the King George and ended it’s days as the Eve, a porno house. It was demolished in 1985 to make way for a Swiss Chalet.
Bloor and Bathurst/Then and Now
Today.
Bloor and Bathurst/Then and Now
Another shot of the Alhambra in 1947.
Cheyenne and Seven Keys to Baldpate were released that year.
Bloor and Bathurst/Then and Now
Another shot of Honest Ed’s from 1959.
In the late 1970’s, I worked at Honest Ed’s after school….
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Centre Theatre/Then and Now

Centre Theatre/Then and NowLooking past a solitary gas pump on Dundas near Bathurst towards the Centre Movie Theatre.
According to John Sebert in his excellent book the Nabes:
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“It gained notoriety as the Duchess Theatre in 1933, when it’s owner was arrested for hiring two thugs to beat up a neighbouring theatre owner. Shortly after came the name change.”
This photo appears to have been taken in the late 1930’s or early 1940’s as the marquee lists
The Dead End Kids.
Centre Theatre/Then and Now
Today
Centre Theatre/Then and Now
The Dead End Kids A.K.A The Bowery Boys.


King and Bathurst/Then and Now

King and Bathurst/Then and NowThe Wheat Sheaf Tavern (1848) sometime in the late 1960’s.
King and Bathurst/Then and Now
It was rumoured that a secret tunnel connected the Wheat Sheaf to nearby Fort York…The Wheat Sheaf in 2010.

Dundas and Bathurst/Then and Now

Dundas and Bathurst/Then and NowLooking west along Dundas at Bathurst, June 1950.
Dundas and Bathurst/Then and Now
2010.
Dundas and Bathurst/Then and Now
The S/W corner looking west.
Dundas and Bathurst/Then and Now
2010.

Spadina and St. Andrew/Then and Now

Spadina and St. Andrew/Then and NowFrom the S/W corner of St. Andrew and Spadina looking N/E in September of 1938.
This vintage News Stand has some interesting magazines on display including a couple of comic books.
Spadina and St. Andrew/Then and Now
Action Comics # 1 was published in June of 1938 and recently sold at auction for 1.5 million dollars. Was a copy purchased here?
Spadina and St. Andrew/Then and Now
Action #1.

Dundas and Bathurst/Then and Now

Dundas and Bathurst/Then and Now768 Dundas on the north side near Bathurst in 1936.
Dundas and Bathurst/Then and Now
The same storefront today.

Occident Hall/Holiday Tavern/The Big Bop

Occident Hall/Holiday Tavern/The Big Bop
This is Occident Hall at the South West corner of Queen and Bathurst.

The first recorded work of renowned Toronto Architect E.J. Lennox,
“Builder of Toronto”
Built in 1876 as a Masonic Lodge with shops on the ground level.
Occident Hall/Holiday Tavern/The Big Bop

During the 60’s and up to about 1984 it was known as the Holiday Tavern and helped to give the intersection it’s now famous name of “F*ck Face City” as coined by Chris Houston. The Big Bop is about to close and be taken over by Crate and Barrel.
Currently there appears to be some restoration of the facade under way.
As of January 2010 the renovations have started with the
removal of the angel stone cladding and gutting years of
insensitive alterations to the interior. It will be interesting to watch the progress.