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10 records – page 1 of 1.
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Uptown Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 27; Series 1-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Uptown Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-2
Material Format
architectural drawing
graphic material
Date
1919-1968
Physical Description
132 architectural drawings : pencil (some on tracing paper, some hand col. using pencil crayon), blueprints and other reproductions ; 76 x 106 cm or smaller
5 photographs : b&w ; 44 x 55 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
One of sixteen theatres in Canada designed by the well-known architect Thomas W. Lamb, the Uptown Theatre opened in 1920 as a movie and vaudeville theatre of almost 3000 seats, and was later the first theatre in Toronto equipped for sound movies. In 1960 the Uptown's main auditorium was destroyed by a major fire. Kaplan & Sprachman participated in the theatre's subsequent renovation.
In 1969 the Uptown was split into a five screen theatre through conversion of the theatre's balcony, backstage and basement areas. The Uptown was closed and demolished in late 2003 following the 28th Annual Toronto International Film Festival after the cinema operator, Famous Players, decided to close it and other theatres rather than comply with an Ontario Human Rights Commission order to make the theatres fully wheelchair-accessible.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of seating plans, blueprints of structural details, floor plans, sections and elevations for successive alterations (to the entrance, lobby, escalator, etc.) of the theatre, as well as several photographs of the Uptown's entrance and auditorium. The sub-series includes a number of hand-coloured drawings of the main auditorium dating from 1962, with paint and fabric samples attached, apparently associated with the re-building of the auditorium following the fire of 1960. The sub-series also includes a set of photo-reproductions of Thomas Lamb's original 1919 plans for the theatre, acquired by Kaplan & Sprachman in 1960.
The sub-series is arranged in 9 sub-sub-series corresponding to project dates of 1919, 1936, 1945, 1949, 1960, 1962, and 1968. The final sub-sub-series relates to work done by Kaplan after the dissolution of Kaplan & Sprachman.
In several cases, a sub-sub-series includes drawings and plans from earlier projects, used as reference materials for the current project.
Name Access
Lamb, Thomas
Uptown Theatre (Toronto)
Physical Condition
Some drawings torn or water-damaged. Some are discoloured or damaged by deteriorating pressure-sensitive tape.
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Uptown Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Reinforcing diagrams of mezzanine and boxes sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-2-1
Material Format
architectural drawing
Date
1919
Physical Description
4 drawings : blackline and brownline prints ; 76 x 103 cm or smaller
Notes
Creation date refers to the original drawings, and may not apply to these reproductions.
Original drawings were created by P.H. Secord & Sons, contractors, and E.H. Darling, consulting engineer.
Name Access
Lamb, Thomas
Uptown Theatre (Toronto)
Physical Condition
Drawings are slightly damaged along edges.
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Uptown Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Alterations to Uptown Theatre and plan of existing theatre sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-2-2
Material Format
architectural drawing
graphic material
Date
1936
Physical Description
2 drawings : pencil on tracing paper ; 49 x 42 cm and 67x41 cm
2 photographs : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
Sub-sub-series consists of floor plans and sections of theatre and Balmuto Street entrance and two photographs of the Yonge Street entrance to the theatre.
Notes
Title derived from formal titles of the drawings.
Project reference code AR 1497.
Creation date for the photographs is based on the release date of the movie then playing at the theatre.
The drawings and photographs have been grouped together based on their date of creation, but there is no project reference code on the photographs.
Name Access
Lamb, Thomas
Uptown Theatre (Toronto)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Uptown Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Alterations to Loew's Uptown Theatre sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-2-3
Material Format
architectural drawing
Date
1943-1948
Physical Description
11 drawings : pencil on tracing paper ; 67 x 79 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Sub-sub-series includes floor plans and elevations for alterations to outer lobby and lobby floor, public washrooms and washroom in manager's office.
Notes
Project reference no.'s: 44-2 and 45-K-85.
Plans labelled 44-2 were found rolled up with those for 45-K-85, suggesting they were used in the course of 45-K-8 and so they have been left together.
Title is based on the formal titles of the drawings.
Name Access
Lamb, Thomas
Uptown Theatre (Toronto)
Physical Condition
Edges of the larger drawings are damaged and torn.
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Uptown Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Alterations to entrance to Loew's Uptown Theatre, Yonge St. near Bloor St., Toronto, Ont. sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-2-4
Material Format
architectural drawing
Responsibility
Kaplan & Sprachman
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
22 drawings : pencil on tracing paper ; 61 x 148 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Sub-sub-series includes floor plans, elevations and cross-sections for lobby and drawings of details of new doorways, door hardware, and ticket booths.
Notes
Project reference no. 49-K-30.
Drawn by S.H.H. and A.B.
Name Access
Lamb, Thomas
Uptown Theatre (Toronto)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Uptown Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Proposed escalator for Loew's Uptown Theatre, Toronto sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-2-5
Material Format
architectural drawing
Responsibility
Kaplan & Sprachman
Date
1 June 1954
Physical Description
1 drawing : pencil ; 38 x 115 cm
Notes
Project reference no. 54-K-13.
Name Access
Lamb, Thomas
Uptown Theatre (Toronto)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Uptown Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Toronto Theatre, Balmuto near Bloor sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-2-6
Material Format
architectural drawing
Other Title Information
[1919]
Responsibility
Thomas W. Lamb, architect
Date
photocopied in 1960
Physical Description
10 drawings : photocopies ; 46 x 67 cm and 41 x 41 cm
Scope and Content
Sub-sub-series consists of photoreproductions of Thomas Lamb's original plans and elevations for the Uptown Theatre, acquired by Kaplan & Sprachman in 1960.
Notes
Date of these reproductions is taken from a Kaplan & Sprachman stamp on the back of the drawings.
Name Access
Lamb, Thomas
Uptown Theatre (Toronto)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Uptown Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Air conditioning system sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
ID
Fonds 27; Series 1-2-7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Uptown Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Air conditioning system sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-2-7
Material Format
architectural drawing
Date
1960
Physical Description
11 drawings : blueprints and blackline prints ; 56 x 92 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Plans of air conditioning equipment and ducting.
Notes
Created by Kaplan & Sprachman and Famous Players Canada.
Name Access
Lamb, Thomas
Uptown Theatre (Toronto)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Uptown Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Renovations to entrance, mezzanine, auditorium and basement sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-2-8
Material Format
architectural drawing
graphic material
Date
1919-1962
Physical Description
25 drawings : pencil (some hand col. using pencil crayon), pencil on tracing paper, blueline prints and other reproductions ; 76 x 106 cm or smaller
3 photographs : b&w ; 44 x 55 cm and 41 x 52 cm
Scope and Content
Sub-sub-series consists of a wide range of floor plans, elevations and longitudinal sections, drawings of structural features and details of doorways, seating, balconies, etc. Also includes several hand-coloured drawings of the auditorium (of the stage area and longitudinal sections of the auditorium) with paint and fabric samples attached. The drawings of the stage are based on one of the photographs included in the sub-sub-series.
Approximately half of the drawings are by contractors responsible for installing doors and other features, or are drawings from the original construction of the theatre.
Notes
Project reference no. 62-K-22.
Name Access
Lamb, Thomas
Uptown Theatre (Toronto)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Uptown Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Renovations to escalator and upper balcony sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-2-9
Material Format
architectural drawing
Date
1945-1968
Physical Description
46 drawings : pencil, blueline prints and other reproductions ; 72 x 91 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Sub-sub-series consists of plans, elevations, and rough sketches for escalator renovations, balcony restepping and balcony seating plan, and drawings borrowed from previous Kaplan & Sprachman projects (or project proposals) at the theatre. These earlier projects include project numbers 45-85, 54-K-13, 59-K-31, 62-K-22, and 63-K-16, and relate to escalators, the mezzanine and outer lobby, basement, ladies' lounge, projection booth, orchestra floor plan, and details of columns and railings.
Notes
Project reference no. 68-5.
Name Access
Uptown Theatre (Toronto)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
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