What Yonge and Eglinton Looked Like in the 1950s

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Travel back in time to Yonge and Eglinton in the 1950s and see what Toronto’s mid-town neighbourhood once looked like. The subway system arrives on Eglinton in 1954 making the area more accessible and appealing. Once considered a sleepy town,  the new subway gives way to a boom of retail shops and commercial spaces. Residents dine at nearby restaurants and watch a film at the historic Eglinton Theatre (now the Eglinton Grand) near Avenue Road. The theatre opened in 1936 with its first screening of King Of Burlesque. High rises and office towers came to the area in the 1960s and 70s as did more houses and big box stores. Today, Yonge and Eg. is anything but sleepy with an abundance of condos and developments and a new Light Rail Transit system transforming this dense urban space. Take a look at these historical photos and travel back in time.

1954- Eglinton Ave. E., looking e. from Yonge St

1954, Eglinton East looking East from Yonge Street.

1954- Yonge St. Subway, Eglinton Station, looking n. on Yonge St. to Eglinton Ave.

1954, Eglinton Station.

Yonge Street outside Eglinton station Toronto 1963

1963, Yonge Street near Eglinton Station.

Eglinton and Yonge in 1943 Eglinton

The Eglinton Theatre, now the Eglinton Grand near Avenue Road.

Eglinton Grand Yonge and Eg

The Dominion Store at the corner of Yonge and Eglinton. The store was demolished to make way for the Yonge-Eglinton Plaza.

Photos: Courtesy of Toronto Public Library, Wikimedia, Eglinton Grand 

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