Past Issues:

You Ask… You Answer.


youanswerbuttonCongratulations to…
Sandra B., Mhairi Kerr and Rod Benjamin, winners of December’s You Ask, You Answer contest.

Many of our readers have sent us their answers to December’s question. Some were very intriguing personal tales. Here are two we would like to share with you:
In reply to the ‘Question’, I believe the other three movie houses/theatres in the Beach (aside from The Fox) were as follows: The Beach Theatre, where the Beach Mall now stands on the south side of Queen St. E., west of Waverley Rd. (I used to go to Saturday matinees there when I was a kid); The Scarboro Theatre, on the north side of Kingston Rd. near Scarborough Rd. (I remember the hoards of screaming girls out front when my big sister took me to see the Beatles movie HELP there!); and The Family Theatre, on the south side of Queen St. E., just east of Lee Ave. (this was before my time, but I understand there was later a pool hall on this site). – Sandra B.

Beach Theatre, Dec. 1919

Family Theatre, 2173 Queen St. E., 1914

Scarboro Theatre, Kingston Rd., 1936

Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St. E., 1913

I picked my 86 year old mother’s brain for this.  She was born and grew up in the Beach and after a 40-odd year absence, we moved back.  As far as she knows, there were only 3 theatres along Queen Street East. Along with The Fox, there was The Beach, which is now the Beach Mall.  At Queen and Lee there was The Lake, also known as The Family.  If you take in the current real estate agents’ definition of The Beach, then there was the Scarborough (or Scarboro) where Mr. Slate was on Kingston Road near Scarborough Road (960 Kingston Road) and The Ideal on Main Street, across from where Ted Reeve Arena is.  Gerrard Street had The Gerrard, near Glenmore, which was recently replaced by an apartment development. A connection with last month’s answer – Don Summerville owned The Prince of Wales theatre at Woodbine and Danforth, where the Valumart is today. – Mhairi Kerr


This issue’s question:

Is it it true that the Beaches was once connected to the Toronto Island? If so, where was it connected and what happened to it? – Daniel S.

Do you know the answer?
You could win movie passes for two to the Fox Theatre. Send in your answer by March 1, 2010.

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