Best of 2012: Odeon Theatre, 1948

We’ve been fortunate to have Queen’s Archives join our team, making regular contributions to Kingstonist for just over a year now.  In that time, they have posted some very interesting pictures of various locations around town, as well as photos of Kingstonians from decades past.  Like our readers, we love to see how the city has transformed over time and posts like these always allow for a good conversation.  The photo below features the old Odeon Theatre, which was located on Princess Street.  The comments from the original post debate the exact location and finally settle on where we now find The Alehouse.
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Odeon Theatre Crowd Shot, 17 November 1948 (George Lilley fonds V25.5 6-332)

Odeon Theatre, 1948

This photograph is of the Odeon Theatre on Princess Street’s showing of a Big Midnight Spook Show in 1948. Screenings such as these were special occasions as the films played only for one or two nights in small towns across the province. The mention of “Stage and Screen” on the marquee references the live entertainment which was carried out on-stage by performers (such as Dr. Ogre Banshee) before or between films. It was guaranteed to be more than just the regular movie experience. Also guaranteed to be more than your regular movie experience: Reel Out! which is happening this week in Kingston. Be sure to get your tickets now so you won’t be stuck lining up in the cold.

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