At the corner of the above street named Ogilvy, on the left side, stands a building that used to look like this:
|(This image is not mine. I ‘borrowed’ it from Google maps.)|
The building did not look like this when I was young; it was in much better shape.
This was once the Empire Theatre. It was built around 1937; the year that Walt Disney released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It was a period when smaller theatres began being located beyond the downtown area, and in neighbourhoods like the one I grew up in.
|The opposite view of Ogilvy Avenue.|
|The theatre was at the corner of Ogilvy Ave., and this street: Durocher.|
The building ceased operations as a cinema in 1978, and became the property of The Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal. Over time, the Greeks in the neighbourhood left the area, the building was abandoned, and it inevitably fell into disrepair. In 2011 (or thereabouts), the building was purchased by a developer and was converted into a 21-unit residential condominium building.
It now looks like this:
|Condominiums are popping up all over the city.|
Things sure have changed since I was a child, and I will admit that this is a very attractive building. But no matter what it looks like today, or what purpose it serves, this corner will always be the location of the Empire Theatre where my brothers and I spent many fun-filled Saturday mornings.
Happy Thursday, to all!