Skyway 6 Cinemas

25 Carlson Court,
Toronto, ON L4V

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rivest266 on October 12, 2023 at 5:28 pm

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rivest266 on January 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm

This opened on June 25, 1981. I uploaded the grand opening ad here.

telliott on November 17, 2011 at 5:04 am

Boy is the photo and map location ever off for this theatre-the Skyway 6. It was at 25 Carlson Court at Dixon Rd and Hwy 27, nowhere near Airport Rd & Derry. This should be changed and updated.

telliott on November 17, 2011 at 5:00 am

Yes, that was the Skyline Cinemas, in what was then the Skyline Hotel. It is listed here under Skyline and opened in 1971 and closed in 1991.

Detrola on November 17, 2011 at 12:57 am

Does anyone remember anything about the 2-screen theatre just down the street at the International Plaza Hotel? I don’t see it listed here and was wondering how long it was around for.

igoudge on August 17, 2009 at 7:15 pm

drove past the skyway 6 site just the other day doing the hike over to Courtney Park 16 for a two fer and actually noticed that the Bifteque restuarant that was there has moved out and now they have turned it into a jack astors. Least it will do some brisk business hopefully to keep th ememory of th esite alive, but sitll wish movies would return to the area ;–(

PeterD on July 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm

I have mixed feelings about working this booth, but the one bright spot, for me, was there was a door to the roof that I could go out and watch airplanes landing on 24-Left. I often brought a scanner with me and when it was slow, or after the matinees were out, I’d go out and enjoy the view. Otherwise I found the equipment there was in poor condition and I had more than my share of breakdowns and a couple of thrown prints. The only other bright-spot here was that it was a Famous Players 6-plex and it paid pretty well at the time.

telliott on July 3, 2009 at 9:12 pm

It’s one big theatre was rather large, must have been near 1000 seats. I saw alot of movies there when I was growing up before they added the 2nd screen. And even more when there were 2! I once lived in a highrise on the 18th floor at Islington Ave facing the Westwood. I could look out my living room window and see it and the parking lot and see how busy it was. LOL

igoudge on July 3, 2009 at 9:05 pm

yeah that was the theatre formation I grew up with (was born in 1977) so I never got to see it as just the one unfortunately ;–(

telliott on July 3, 2009 at 9:02 pm

The Westwood was one large single screener until they added on to the building and opened the Westwood Cinema in 1968. Then at Christmas 1980 they opened the 3rd screen by dividing up the original large screen theatre. So the former smaller Westwood Cinema became the large Cinema 1. I always thought that Cinemas 2 & 3 were too long and narrow. I wished that they had divided it sideways so that 2 & 3 would have been shorter and wider cinemas. They way they did it created 2 long “bowling alley” type cinemas.

igoudge on July 3, 2009 at 8:58 pm

lol yeah for me the process was already on the way (Runnymede only went to twice along with the Humber, and the Westwood was already a 3).

telliott on July 3, 2009 at 8:52 pm

I used to go to the Humber when it was single screen. Runnymede too. Well actually ALL of the Toronto theatres before ANY of them were divided. LOL

igoudge on July 3, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Exactly. Always had fond memories of that theatre from seeing Return of the Jedi there way back in the day ;–)

telliott on July 3, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Yes, ridiculous place for a condo. Wouldn’t fit in with the neighbourhood. A 4 screen Humber Cinemas would be nice. I think the locals would like it. They wouldn’t have to trek all the way over to the Queensway. And with all the new condos by Humber Bay and Windermere, they could just so up South Kingsway to the Humber.

igoudge on July 3, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Yeah all of those locations have now reopened that we thought we had lost with the only exception being the Paradise which i hope is only a matter of tmie until it itself reopens. I have heard rumors that there has been some movement there in terms of new tenants so he is hoping. And yeah not sure if Empire quite has enough capital as of yet fro a brand new complex since it essnetially adopted all the refuse from the merger.acquisition of Famous by Cineplex, but they could make a play. And good call about the Humber btw. Would be great to see Humber reopened since the condos that it has been advertising for ages seem stalled and would be awful to see that site go to waste.

telliott on July 3, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Yes, they just opened up the London Westmount in May, 8 regular theatres and 3 VIP screens. I wish Empire would open something new. They opened the Bolton 7 a couple of years ago and are supposed to open a 10 screen in Markham. Maybe they should look at something in Etobicoke. With Famous Players gone, it limits the possibilities of new theatres. I always wished that they had re-built the old Humber in Bloor west village to a 4 or 5 screener. I like the way in Chicago they have old theatres like the Davis and the Logan that are still in the old neighbourhoods but are now 4 screens each. Or even the Century Centre there that once was a big theatre but now has shops in the old single theatre space and 7 new screens built on top and operated by the Landmark theatre chain that shows arty and foreign films. I’m glad that all of our old Festival theatres are now open again but they are all single screen.

igoudge on July 3, 2009 at 7:53 pm

I was only aware of the Fairview reclaim from Rainbow.

igoudge on July 3, 2009 at 7:52 pm

But none in etobicoke, hmmm weird for some reason thought the progress was a lot slower for some reason.

telliott on July 3, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Probably although Cineplex just finished a mini building boom having opened up several in the last couple of years including Silvercity Hamilton Mountain, Silvercity Oakville, Silvercity Fairview, Galaxy Brantford and Westmount 11 in London. They also have one under counstruction in Edmonton.

igoudge on July 3, 2009 at 7:46 pm

see what happens though, right now I think both chains are a little hesitant to build new facilities until after the economic crisis abates ;–(

igoudge on July 3, 2009 at 7:43 pm

I know it is horrible. It was great to see the Kingsway reopened for sure but 1 screen there and the 1 mutliplex defintely doesn’t cover it, and with the presentation quality of the prints starting to slide with Queensway (banged and scratched up after only playing a week) it would be great to see some other viable options pop up. Come to think of it always thought the old Westwood grounds would be a great spot for the AMC or the Skyway 6 lot.

telliott on July 3, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Yes, that would be great. There are sure not many cinemas in this area at all. I always wished that someone would build something in the centre of the old city of Etobicoke around where the Westwood is. Since that closed the only theatres in the area are the Queensway way down at the QEW or the Woodbine Centre up in the north end. Glad the Kingsway re-opened but that’s all in the area now. The former city of North York has 4 multiplex cinemas and the former city of Scarborough also has 4. Seems that Etobicoke got left out when all the new theatres were planned. At one time Etobicoke had the Sherway 13, Kingsway, Westwood 3, Skyway 6, Skyline twin and Woodbine Centre 8. I live right smack dab in the middle of Etobicoke so there is nothing really near me anymore.

igoudge on July 3, 2009 at 5:48 pm

It would be totally awesome if Cineplex Entertainment was able to lock up some of the land in this area to build a new complex in honor of the old Skyway 6, since it is right at the higway intersection and for all fo the traffic from the various hotels and such, or maybe if AMC makes a move…..

igoudge on June 26, 2009 at 8:38 pm

I rememebr the Skyline, went there I guess it was only once for the Transformers movie way back inthe day.

telliott on June 26, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Oh so many…but one of the last ones i ever saw there was Tomorrow Never Dies when it briefly became a discount house right before closing. I went there alot since it was about 10 min. from my house. Also went to the Skyline Cinemas in the Skyline Hotel (now Doubletree) alot too.