Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Chapters Runnymede 1998-2014

On February 16, 2014, the Chapters location at 2223 Bloor Street West in Toronto's Bloor West Village will shut its doors for the last time. Opened in 1998 in the space previously occupied by Famous Players' stacked Runnymede Theatre, Chapters managed a rare feat in that it was able to turn anti-big-box NIMBY-ism around and at the same time create a cultural hub for the upscale, still-Ukrainian-flavoured neighbourhood.

There have been numerous articles written about the building's historycontentious present, and future as a big-box pill pusher, but after an hour strolling through the racks, shooting its historical remnants and buying a souvenir of it's all-too-brief tenure as a literary (and plush toy) mecca, I'm left sad for the neighbourhood, yet hopeful that smaller retailers can take up the cause and fill spaces left by Chapters and Book City, which itself left Bloor West Village in 2012.

Photos taken on February 11, 2014 near the corner of Bloor Street West and Runnymede Road in Toronto, Ontario.

Other posts on defunct theatres in Toronto:
Westwood Theatre
The Roxy/Allenby (prior to its resurrection as a Tim Hortons/Esso

and one which got resurrected as an actual movie theatre...
The Kingsway

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