Odeon Humber Theatre, later Humber Cinema

1956 – Looking northwest towards the Odeon Humber Theatre, later Humber Cinemas, once located at 2442 Bloor St W. On the marquee, “Guys and Dolls,” starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons and Frank Sinatra, was playing and released in 1955
1956 – Looking northwest towards the Odeon Humber Theatre, later Humber Cinemas, once located at 2442 Bloor St W (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1653, Series 975, File 7618)

Odeon Humber Theatre, later the Humber Cinema, was once located at 2442 Bloor St W (just west of Jane St on the north side) in the Lambton Baby Point/Bloor West Village neighbourhoods of Toronto.

Built in 1948, the Odeon Humber Theatre was designed by Jay Isadore English, the Chief Architect for the Odeon Theatre chain in Canada. After his sudden passing, the project was completed by his successor, Leslie Haggar Kemp.

Advertised as “tops in design, beauty, comfort, safety, service and entertainment,” the single-screen theatre had 1,200 seats and a balcony. It opened on January 27, 1949, and the first attraction was “Blanche Fury,” starring Stewart Granger, Valerie Hobson and Walter Fitzgerald. The price of admission for a matinee was 36¢, and for evening shows was 50¢. For an extra fee, there was an isolated seating area (known as “loges”) for smoking.

The Humber was one of five theatres that were part of the Odeon chain, owned by J Arthur Rank. The other four included the Carlton, Danforth, Fairlawn and the Hyland.

Between 1983 and 1989 – Looking west along Bloor St W towards Jane St and the Odeon Humber Theatre
Between 1983 and 1989 – Looking west along Bloor St W towards Jane St and the Odeon Humber Theatre (City of Toronto Archives, Series 1465, File 515, Item 1)

In 1975, the theatre was divided into two auditoriums and later became part of the Cineplex Odeon chain. In the late 1990s, the company spent $400,000 on a significant overhaul to the Humber Theatre, adding larger seats, new carpeting, digital sound, a new concession stand and more. However, in 2003, just a few years after the renovations, Odeon closed the theatre. The seats and screens were removed, and the theatre sat empty for nearly a decade.

Rui Pereira and his business partner Ivan Martinovic, both architects-by-trade and operators of the Kingsway Theatre, leased the Humber theatre. The pair worked to restore the Bloor West Village movie palace just as they did with the Kingsway. In April 2011, the theatre reopened as the Humber Cinema with a screening of the “Fast Five,” starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. Initially, the Humber was relaunched with only the smaller upstairs 300-seat auditorium. The 500-seat downstairs auditorium and the two smaller screening spaces were later opened.

The Humber Cinema closed on May 30, 2019. One of the last movies shown was “Avengers: Endgame,” starring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson.

In 2021, the theatre was demolished to make way for the 12-storey luxury condo development, the Bijou on Bloor.

Odeon Humber Theatre Photos

1949 – The opening year of the Odeon Humber Theatre, once located at 2442 Bloor St W, just west of Jane St. On the marquee, “Blanche Fury,” starring Stewart Granger, Valerie Hobson and Walter Fitzgerald, was playing
1949 – The opening year of the Odeon Humber Theatre, once located at 2442 Bloor St W, just west of Jane St. On the marquee, “Blanche Fury,” starring Stewart Granger, Valerie Hobson and Walter Fitzgerald, was playing (City of Toronto Archives, Ken Webster Fonds, Fonds 251, Series 1278, File 7)
1949 - The foyer, ticket booth and lobby at the Odeon Humber Theatre. Advertised in the foyer, “The Plunderers,” starring Rod Cameron, Ilona Massey and Lorna Gray, and "The Countess of Monte Cristo," starring Sonja Henie, Olga San Juan, and Arthur Treacher, were coming attractions and both released in 1948
1949 – The foyer, ticket booth and lobby at the Odeon Humber Theatre. Advertised in the foyer, “The Plunderers,” starring Rod Cameron, Ilona Massey and Lorna Gray, and “The Countess of Monte Cristo,” starring Sonja Henie, Olga San Juan, and Arthur Treacher, were coming attractions and both released in 1948 (Archives of Ontario AO 2153)
Date unknown – The auditorium and screen at the Odeon Humber Theatre
Date unknown – The auditorium and screen at the Odeon Humber Theatre (Archives of Ontario AO 2152)
1954 – Looking northwest from Bloor St W, just east of Jane St. Notice the Odeon Humber Theatre, the Lion Service Station and the shops along the north side of Bloor St W
1954 – Looking northwest from Bloor St W, just east of Jane St. Notice the Odeon Humber Theatre, the Lion Service Station and the shops along the north side of Bloor St W (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 492, Item 268)
1956 – Looking northwest towards the Odeon Humber Theatre, later Humber Cinemas, once located at 2442 Bloor St W. On the marquee, “Guys and Dolls,” starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons and Frank Sinatra, was playing and released in 1955
1956 – Looking northwest towards the Odeon Humber Theatre, later Humber Cinemas, once located at 2442 Bloor St W. On the marquee, “Guys and Dolls,” starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons and Frank Sinatra, was playing and released in 1955 (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1653, Series 975, File 7618)
Between 1983 and 1989 – Looking west along Bloor St W towards Jane St and the Odeon Humber Theatre
Between 1983 and 1989 – Looking west along Bloor St W towards Jane St and the Odeon Humber Theatre (City of Toronto Archives, Series 1465, File 515, Item 1)
1993 – Cineplex Odeon Humber Theatre, later Humber Cinema, once located at 2442 Bloor St W. Notice the theatre has been divided into two auditoriums. On the marquee at Humber 1, “Manhattan Murder Mystery,” starring Woody Allen, Diane Keaton and Jerry Adler, was playing and released in 1993
1993 – Cineplex Odeon Humber Theatre, later Humber Cinema, once located at 2442 Bloor St W. Notice the theatre has been divided into two auditoriums. On the marquee at Humber 1, “Manhattan Murder Mystery,” starring Woody Allen, Diane Keaton and Jerry Adler, was playing and released in 1993 (City of Toronto Archives, Gilbert A. Milne Fonds, Fonds 1653, Series 975, File 6633)
1943 – Looking west from Bloor St W and Jane St towards the future site of Odeon Humber Theatre. Notice Loblaws and that gas was 18¢ a gallon at the Lion Service Station
1943 – Looking west from Bloor St W and Jane St towards the future site of Odeon Humber Theatre. Notice Loblaws and that gas was 18¢ a gallon at the Lion Service Station (City of Toronto Archives, Series 372, Sub Series 58, Item 1643)
2020 - The Humber Cinema, originally Odeon Humber Theatre, once located at 2442 Bloor St W, west of Jane St on the north side
2020 – The Humber Cinema, originally Odeon Humber Theatre, once located at 2442 Bloor St W, west of Jane St on the north side
2021 - Looking northwest from Bloor St W and Jane St towards the site of the former Odeon Humber Theatre/Humber Cinema, just before demolition
2021 – Looking northwest from Bloor St W and Jane St towards the site of the former Odeon Humber Theatre/Humber Cinema, just before demolition
2022 - The former Odeon Humber Theatre/Humber Cinema site at 2442 Bloor St W, under construction for the Bijou on Bloor development
2022 – The former Odeon Humber Theatre/Humber Cinema site at 2442 Bloor St W, under construction for the Bijou on Bloor development
2022 - An artist rendering looking northwest from Bloor St W and Jane St towards the future Bijou on Bloor (designed by BDP Quadrangle for Plazacorp Urban Residential Communities)
2022 – An artist rendering looking northwest from Bloor St W and Jane St towards the future Bijou on Bloor (designed by BDP Quadrangle for Plazacorp Urban Residential Communities)
1950 - The Toronto City Directory showing the address and phone number of the Odeon Humber Theatre
1950 – The Toronto City Directory showing the address and phone number of the Odeon Humber Theatre (Toronto Public Library)
2000 - The Toronto Yellow Pages showing the address and phone number of the Cineplex Odeon Humber Theatre
2000 – The Toronto Yellow Pages showing the address and phone number of the Cineplex Odeon Humber Theatre (Toronto Public Library)
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