McLaughlin Planetarium

I remember countless school trips to the McLaughlin Planetarium when I was in primary school. It was an amazing place to learn about the stars, planets, and cosmology.

I watched La La Land yesterday and there's a scene in a planetarium that took me back to the 80s when we all took our planetarium for granted. The McLaughlin Planetarium, located just south of the ROM, closed in 1995 and is currently slated for demolition.

An article on suggests the McLaughlin Planetarium could be saved afterall.

Spearheaded by Jeff Balmer, an ex-pat professor of architecture at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, the efforts to prevent its demolition are rooted not just in its architectural pedigree, but also its use-value.

"In a perfect scenario, U of T would work to resuscitate the Planetarium to its original purpose," Balmer explains. "During its decades-long period of operation, [it] was highly successful, both in terms of its educational mission... and in terms of its financial performance."


La La Land, by the way, is excellent.


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Two words:
Laser Floyd

January 23, 2017 @ 11:28 AM


I got Laser Zeppelin as a kid. But I also loved the astronomy shows.

Just walked past it a couple weekends ago and it made me sad, sitting there, derelict.

January 23, 2017 @ 12:10 PM

James Edgar

I never did make it to Laser Zep or Floyd or anything at the plantarium.

we never went there when i was in school :(

I always meant to but just never got there.

I really hope the manage to save it.

January 23, 2017 @ 12:31 PM


@ Guy

Thank you... I came here to say that!! Also, Laser Zepplin & Laser Beatles!!
Man, I miss Friday nights at that place :)


January 23, 2017 @ 5:42 PM

dale (Bolton)

Saw Laser Floyd there & was very impressed with sound & sight.
BTW the seating was full to capacity.

January 23, 2017 @ 6:56 PM

Ryan G

I saw Laser Polka and Laser Screeching Hobo Woman there.

January 24, 2017 @ 10:45 AM


Besides the star shows (anyone else remember the one at Christmas about which star was in the night sky?) I saw laser Nirvana.

January 24, 2017 @ 7:53 PM


Laser 60's. I still remember looking up at that crazy starry ceiling and hearing White Rabbit with Grace Slick tickling my ear drums. Maybe they need to open up again and do Laser Bieber! nah.

January 30, 2017 @ 11:40 PM

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