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The Spadina Hotel/Then and Now

The Spadina Hotel/Then and Now Built in 1875, the original block of the hotel was operated for several decades by Samuel Richardson. An early shot of the Spadina Hotel, then known as the Hotel Falconer on the N/W corner of Spadina and King Street West
The same view in 2010.
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Sometime in the early 1950’s.
If you click on this photo for a better view you’ll see that there were separate entrances for men and ladies.
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The Spadina Hotel/Then and Now
Here’s a shot of The Spadina Hotel as it appeared in the 80’s.
Several well known bands (and 100’s of lesser known) played their
first shows upstairs at the legendary Cabana Room on the second floor..
In 1973 several scenes form The Last Detail were filmed here in Toronto
including one where Jack Nicholson slams his gun on the bar.
The Spadina Hotel is now a backpacker’s hostel
but the bar remains in the lobby.
Now used as a check in desk the dents in the
formica top remain.
LAST DETAIL1 LAST DETAIL2 LAST DETAIL3 LAST DETAIL4The bar at the hotel.
The Spadina Hotel/Then and NowThe Spadina Hotel today.
Below, a handbill from 1983.

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Vintage matchbook covers from Chuckman’s Postcard Collection.

420283_295298757206782_1175534271_nThe Spadina Hotel can be seen in the background of this photo from 1962.

Hotel_Spadina_in_1921Early 20’s?

Spadina Hotel Update

I stopped by yesterday to have a look and the interior has been pretty much gutted. I spoke to one of the workers who told me that the building has been designated historic and would not be torn down.

P1140484this the former dining room.

P1140481The lobby from the front door.

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Larry’s Hideaway/The Prince Carlton Hotel

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Formerly the Prince Carlton Hotel.

Larry’s Hideaway was demolished in 1993 or so.

A review from the Toronto Guide Book of 1966 says:

“Very big, popular restaurant with five distinct dining areas, seating more than 400. One suggests Old New Orleans; another, the Whistle Stop,

entertains diners with a miniature train. Famous for huge banquet-like dinners of ten courses. Moderately expensive.”

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Below, the final days…

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A vintage commercial for Larry’s Hideaway by Retro Ontario can be found here.

393413_257173334352658_1317688735_nThe Wives (formerly the Battered Wives) and the Hi Fi’s who would change their sound and name to Blue Rodeo.

Flyer courtesy of Vintage Toronto.

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