Toronto’s Revue Cinema loses its marquee
TORONTO, CANADA — Toronto’s 94-year-old Revue Cinema lost its marquee early Sunday morning (Feb. 18) when it collapsed and fell onto the sidewalk.
It is believed that the weight of recent snowfall was the final straw and that the marquee had become rotten at its core. Luckily it fell at 3 AM so no one was injured.
The Revue was most recently part of the Festival Cinema chain. It closed its doors last June 30 after the owners decided to sell the chain. A local group was trying to save the cinema for local theatre and cultural events plus the occasional movie. So this comes as a big blow to them.
The marquee itself was a real standout on Roncesvalles Avenue. Due to a change in bylaws, marquees like that are no longer allowed. The lettering, dating from the 1930s was saved but it certainly won’t look the same on a new marquee, if built.
Articles about the collapse are here with pictures.