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Beauty and the Beach: a true love story

December 2, 2014

After a year of scandals, this is a good time for a tale of true romance in the Beach. Acclaimed director Norman Jewison grew up above his parents’ dry goods store on Queen Street East at Kippendavie. In his autobiography, This Terrible Business Has Been Good To Me, Jewison recalls how he met his future […]

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Captain Arthur Roy Brown on film

In a recent column (Who really killed the Red Baron?) Gene Domagala wrote about Captain Arthur Roy Brown who lived on Wrenson Road in the 1920s. In 1918 the Royal Air Force officially credited the Canadian pilot with downing Manfred von Richthofen, the famous German flying ace of the First World War. Many of us […]

Al Pacino’s time in the Beach

If someone were to ask about the “biggest” screen star ever to grace our leafy Beach streets, I would put my money on Cass Ole, the race horse who galloped down Kenilworth Avenue to Queen Street in 1979’s The Black Stallion. Horse play aside, I’d bet on Al Pacino in the 1989 thriller Sea of […]

The Golden Age of movie houses

The days of 10 cent, double feature Saturday matinees are long gone, but nostalgic Beachers hold fond memories of the film palaces of our youth. Before television came along in the 1950s, the Beach had as many as seven neighbourhood cinemas at one time. Who remembers the Beach, Family/Lake, Manor, Kingswood, Scarboro or Ideal? Only […]


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