The Runnymede Theatre as a Shoppers Drug Mart

As a kid, I saw many films at the Runnymede Theatre. I saw a Star Trek there, the second Poltergeist movie, a Lethal Weapon, Beatlejuice, and a bunch of others. It was a great little theatre on Bloor near Runnymede.

Then, it became a Chapters. Chapters did a great job of paying tribute to the old theatre. We were all pleased.

Then, it became a Shoppers Drug Mart. Last Thursday afternoon, I popped my head in to see how it looked.

I'm pleased to report SDM did a fine job maintaining the old infrastructure. Here are some pics that show the Runnymede Theatre is alive and well, it's just selling cosmetics and ibuprofen now.







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I saw Star Trek IV The Voyage Home there. It was the last movie I saw with my Dad.

May 20, 2015 @ 10:23 AM


The last movie I saw there was Titanic, (Jack! Rose! Jack! Rose! yuck...)

As mentioned in previous posts, my late mother (born in 1915) grew up in what is now called Bloor West Village - the family lived on Ardagh. As a young woman, she worked as a cashier at the Bloor Meat Market (est. 1929) just west of the Runnymede on the same south side of Bloor . That's the store that still has sawdust on the floor. Her cashier's booth is still there. It gets great online reviews. Her best friend worked at the Runnymede Theatre selling tickets. The "Runny" started out as a vaudeville theatre in 1927 but converted to movies in the late 1930s.

May 20, 2015 @ 11:02 AM


My memory failed me. The last movie I saw there was Shakespeare in Love in January 1999, just before it closed in February 1999. Wikipedia says the last film to be shown there was You've Got Mail. I'm pretty sure that's wrong, unless both films were showing at the same time. I can't remember shit. Apologies to Nora Ephron.

May 20, 2015 @ 11:16 AM


That Shoppers Drug Mart has to be the most interesting for interior in the entire chain, and I don't see that ever changing.

May 20, 2015 @ 11:19 AM


I'm so glad they kept the interiors intact! When Chapters announced they were closing that location (a shame in itself), I feared it was going to become another sterile looking Shoppers.

July 19, 2015 @ 5:55 PM

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