Friday, December 14, 2012

Early Thunder Bay Theatres and Top 10 for Christmas 2012

While winding down the Christmas countdown for this year, it was interesting to check the Internet to get a few top 10 lists of viewers Christmas Films.  The favorite top 10 are below with a complete documented history of each film at the end of this post, and also showing the awards which they had won.

Here are some of the old local theatres in Fort William and Port Arthur Ontario where you may have seen some of the older films back in the day.  I had actually watched the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol to my total fright at about age 8, and had nightmares about it for years.
Be sure to click on all the photos for a larger view.


"It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Story" were such a contrast in how we viewed Christmas in the 1940's and then again in the 1980's.  Both these top 2 films are my personal all time favourites.


The Bing Crosby song "White Christmas" which is still the most sold single recording of all time was actually introduced in the 1942 film "Holiday Inn" shown here.  It won an academy award that year and also 12 years later in 1954 won another academy award for the film named after the original single.


Here is the page 1 and page 2 lists of the above films, who starred in them and what awards they had won.  Click on these once or twice to read the data.


Anonymous said...

Loved the photos of the old theatres. I spent many a Saturday afternoon in the Royal. My mother would give me 25 cents (15 for admission and 10 for popcorn)

Tom in Ottawa

Dave Cano said...

Tom, we probably sat next to each other or at least stood in line for the serials and western movies at the Royal. I remember the two bits well. Thanks for the comment, Dave