Towne Cinema

5 Beechwood Avenue,
Ottawa, ON K1L

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DavidZornig on February 7, 2023 at 7:23 pm

Guardian New Edinburgh Pharmacy is the current tenant, and it appears from the odd shape of the facade compared to the 1956 photo that it is indeed the same building but refaced.

rivest266 on February 4, 2021 at 12:47 pm

Annonce d'inauguration du 12 juillet 1968 en français publiée dans la section photo.

rivest266 on August 27, 2018 at 7:26 pm

This opened as Linden on August 25th, 1947 and reopened as Towne on July 12th, 1968 as it was taken over by 20th Century Theatres. In 1973 sold to Germain Cadieux and tried to switch to French movies, but the Montréal suppliers refused to book them and switched into a repertory policy. Renamed New Edinburgh in May 1989 and closed August in the same year.

DavidZornig on August 2, 2015 at 10:16 pm

Great exterior photo added, courtesy of the Lost Ottawa Facebook page, via the City of Ottawa Archives, CA037292.

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Mike Rogers on January 31, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Seems like the Theatre never change playing movie such as “SUDDENLY A WOMAN”.It play “ROSEMARY’S BABY” first run.Maybe the Crowd for “MARY” was a moviegoing crowd and not a fighting one,touraine32.

touraine32 on December 25, 2009 at 3:22 pm

I used to pay 25 cents to see five movies at the Linden. The crowd was always very rowdy. Often, in the winter, drunks from the El Ropo Tavern (at Beechwood and Charlevois — where the Shell Service Station stands today) would pay their 25 cents to enter the Linden and stay warm. Once, during a Three Stooges marathon, I asked the girls sitting on the row in front of us to shut up so that I could hear the movie, and one of them turned around and punched me in the face, knocking out one of my front teeth. Such fond memories!