Friday, November 28, 2008

a night out in '67

A guide to an evening's entertainment from Tuesday Feb 7 1967 (Toronto Daily Star)

Spaghetti with meat sauce, bread & butter
All You Can Eat
after 14 years STILL
95 cents
from 12noon to 8pm
Toronto's Brown Derby Tavern
enjoy a Sing-A-Long in their Gay Nineties and Roarin' 20's Room
Dancing lessons are big and now you can start "6 months of weekly parties" for the Pre Grand Opening special price of $14.95 at the Fred Astaire World of Dance
or you could visit the Victory Burlesk for a stage show (adult)
shows at 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30
You could head over to The Royal Alexandra Theatre
to see Robert Reed and Pat Suzuki in The Owl and the Pussycat
at 8:30 pm with ticket prices from $3.00, $4.90 and $5.90

or at home you can turn on the TV and watch
Dick Powell in The Tall Target
Tense suspense story of the plot to kill a President!
at 6pm on WKBW channel 7

if you didn't have a television set yet, there's always the AM radio
where CFRB plays Starlight Serenade from 9:05 - 11:00 pm
Composers included: Rimsky-Korsakoff, Chopin, Puccini, R.V. Williams, Sibelius
or Candlelight & Wine on CHFI
or tune into the FM dial on CJRT and learn in Dutch (lesson #6)

Your choice of movies this week includes:
My Fair Lady (Technicolor)
Alfie ( Restricted) (Technicolor)
Hawaii (Color by Delux)
Dr Zhivago (Adult) (in Panavision Color by Metrocolor)
Sand Pebbles (Color by Delux)
The Ten Commandments (Technicolor)
Georgy Girl (Restricted)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Adult) (Color by Delux)
Melina Mercouri in Topkapi and Never on Sunday (Restricted) (Color)

Sun - Thurs $2.50 for Orchestra and $3.00 for Loges
Fri, Sat, Hols $3.00 Orchestra and $3.50 Loges
Matinees: .50 less than above prices.
8PM and 2PM - reserve seats at Box Office or phone theatre
Smoking in the Loges only.


  1. And what do we do now when we have a free evening, forty-odd years later? We rent a DVD, download a movie or TV program, play a computer game, or surf the net (and read blogs). I think I need to get out more ... Dutch lessons sound good.

  2. Isn't this fun? I'm getting some serious nostalgia at your blog, Sanna. And ending with a Turkey reference again! Topkapi! :)

    BTW, a few days ago I added my old banner as a footer at my blogee because I missed it too. I was torn! But I always have to change change change something. :|

  3. Ruth: completely unintentional!! - hope you have happy nostalgia thoughts.
    still envious of your 3 yrs.

  4. pinklea: not much selection if you wanted to eat out, though!

  5. What a great post. I used to work on both Candlelight and Wine at 'FI and Starlight Serenade on 'RB and remember them well. Interesting how CKFM was ignored by the Star back then :).

    1. Found this post on an internet search.

      I've been looking for the name of the Starlight Serenade theme song for several years. My parents always tuned in to CFRB and the theme would waft into my room on a hot summer's night when I couldn't sleep. No luck so far.

    2. Rick: I think the Starlight Serenade theme might have been Chopin's Etude in E major Opus 10 No 3, though I may be misremembering. You can hear a bit of it at the radio suisse link below, among other places (click on the headphones icon). Does that sound right to you?

    3. The Starlight Serenade theme was "Theme from The Last Rhapsody" played by the Melachrino Strings (available on iTunes).

      Now can anyone tell me what the theme was for the program that followed Starlight Serenade? I think it was called "The Owl's Nest" and the theme music began with someone whistling the tune before the strings joined in with the melody.

  6. Hi Iain: Welcome! How great. I still have a record or two of both around - hmm, must seek.

    The other stations weren't ignored - they just didn't 'fit' into the post.

  7. Do you realize the ten movies you listed are ten of the best movies ever made? If you want to rent a movie now (tonight, for instance) we have "Hancock", "Fred Claus", "Meet Dave", "Space Chimps" or that all-time classic, "Tropic Thunder".

    At the movie theatres this evening we have "Rachel Getting Married", "Slumdog Millionaire", or "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas". Or perhaps "Zack and Miri Make a Porno", or "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa". Well, perhaps these will be the classics of the future...?

    *sigh* :-)

  8. Jo: I was surprised that all of these were showing at the same time! I've seen all of them except Topkapi; I know I won't see any of your list, except Madagascar.

  9. Remind me again about how much better things are getting. Then we had expo and a statesman looking to repatriate our constitution. I sure don't agree with everything he did but at least he wasn't a glorified accountant like all the ones we seem to have now.

  10. I wasn't even born. Have seen most of the movies tho'
    Have been busy xmas shopping hence my lack of blogging, will be back soon.

  11. Nice to go back in time. We could all do with a bit of nostalgia from time to time, but to remind us of the good times of today.

    CJ xx

  12. A walk down memory lane is always bittersweet...

  13. Bandobras: It doesn'r feel like we have much to escape to, does it?

    MA: Oh dear, someone my age does not like to hear that about our memories!!! At least you got caught up with the movies.

  14. CJ: Yes, and just so I can do it again I stuck the newspaper drawer liner back where it was, it's survived this long...

    UA: feeling old??


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