Windsor's Forgotten Movie Theatres - Kent Theatre Ottawa Street

Kent Theatre 1219 Ottawa Street - 1946, 1960 and Now

Many old theatres have been torn down in Canada. Windsor was not immune to seeing some of their beautiful theatres neglected and demolished. Windsorites should rejoice in having the Capitol and Tivoli Theatres still standing proud.

Some Windsor folk will not realize that there are other Windsor theatres still standing. The interior of these theatres may have been torn out but are still standing and have current owners.
Kent Theatre Opening 1946

The Kent Theatre located at 1219 Ottawa Street was opened in 1946. One of the first movies to play there was Valley in the Sun. (see photo above with movie poster out front of the Kent) Here is a link to trailer for that movie.  http://pmd.cdn.turner.com/tcm/big/tcmweb/TRAILERS/2012/06/ValleyOfTheSun_TR_133a_24f_mobile-baseline.mp4

1960 - Kingdom Hall Of The Jehovah's Witnesses


The theatre has had different uses over the years. It was used as the Kingdom Hall Of The Jehovah's Witnesses. This photo from 1960 still shows the outside in all its glory.

Today the theatre building is owned by private interests. It is hard to tell it was ever a movie theatre. As time moves on the Kent Theatre will become a distant memory of good times spent watching movies there.



The History of Scott’s Opera House Comes Alive in Cambridge, Ontario


Paul Langan, in cooperation with the City of Cambridge Archives, will present the history of Scott’s Opera House that existed in Galt, (now Cambridge) Ontario from 1899 to 1928. It will be part of a pre-opera talk before Vera Causa Opera’s performance of Don Pasquale at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts.
WireService.ca Media Release (11/07/2017) – Paul Langan, as part of the Canada 150 celebration, will present a talk on the historic Scott’s Opera House that formerly existed in Cambridge, Ontario. 
Vera Causa Opera (VCO) is a registered charity based in the Waterloo Region. 

VCO will be performing a production of  Don Pasquale at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts, Toyota Auditorium, on November 24th, 2017 at 7pm. The talk on Scott’s Opera House will take place before the opera presentation, at 6:15 p.m.
Paul Langan states:
"I am so excited to work with the City of Cambridge Archives to present this fascinating history of Scott’s Opera House. The fact that I can combine it with the live performance by Vera Causa Opera of Don Pasquale will make for a spectacular night of opera and history."
It is $15.00 General Admission, to see the Don Pasquale opera and hear the pre-opera talk on the Scott’s Opera house. Tickets available at http://vcopera.ca . There are approximately only 50 tickets left to be sold.
VCO will have over 30 performers in their performance. For more information on Vera Causa Opera, contact Dylan Langan, Artistic Director at vcopera@gmail.com or by visiting www.vcopera.ca .
Paul Langan, has written 5 historical booklets on various local topics: Remembering Glenchristie; Tragedy in Galt - The May 2nd 1956 CP Rail Crash; Hespeler`s Hidden Secret - The Coombe 1907-1947;The Miracle in Preston - Story of Preston Springs Hotel; Forgotten Stories of the Railway. They are available as a free download at his website.http://paullangan.com

This presentation is made possible by the Canada 150 Cambridge Fund and the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the City of Cambridge, Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.



I Remember Riverside Minor Hockey

My First Year - Riverside Minor Hockey - 1967

It was Friday night and in the Riverside part of Windsor Ontario that meant going to the arena to see the competitive Riverside Minor Hockey teams play. This had been done for decades before me and it was where we went for entertainment.

I never knew then that players we saw at the arena playing like Pat Boutette, who would one day play for the Toronto Maple Leafs or people my own age like Jack Kell who signed with LA Kings or Joel Quenneville legendary NHL coach and player would obtain the successes they did.

I remember vividly sitting in the stands with my friends yelling out every joke we could think to referee Leo Laforest (I think that was his name!) who was good natured and laughed off our lines.

Then it was up bright and early Saturday morning to go to arena with my dad to play house league hockey. I laugh now at how expensive the game has become and how important it is too look good. I had hockey socks with holes in them and the socks rarely matched. Nobody cared back then because we just wanted to play hockey.

I always played house league in Riverside Minor Hockey and remember only a very positive experience at the rink. Decades later when I worked for the City of Windsor for a short time I went to Riverside Arena to fill in as a Zamboni driver for one shift. The whole time I flooded the rink I kept remembering all the good times at the arena.

Today, I watch Joel Quenneville coaching the Chicago Blackhawks and it is great to see his successes.

But when I go home to Windsor and drive by Wyandotte Street where the Riverside Arena used to stand I feel sadness. I have no knowledge on why they tore down the Arena but when they did they destroyed a part of our heritage. Hopefully I will always have the memories.

The Hespeler Pedestrian Bridge That Never Will Be




The Hespeler Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project is underway to put in a new sewer line from the treatment plant for the folks in Silverheights.

I like many other were amazed to see a bridge built across the Speed River just past the dam where Lens Mills currently is. Two large sewer pipes travel over the bridge. It seems very well built with concrete foundations.

Unfortunately once the sewer project is over the bridge will be removed. It is private land that the bridge end at on the Lens Mills side.

It seems odd that the long planned pedestrian bridge across the Mill Pond dam in Hespeler will not be built due to the doomed and underfunded Hespeler River Activation Plan, yet they can build (to the tune of over $3million) a bridge and sewer line to carry human waste..........

Bring Back Inner City Passenger Rail to Hespeler - Light Rail for Hespeler

Abandoned rail corridor still intact waiting for the return of inner city passenger rail to Hespeler


The abandoned Galt, Preston Railway (CPR) line leading up to where the station was in Hespeler behind Ernie's Resturant is still there waiting for the Waterloo Region ION Light Rail to bring people to Hespeler's rejuvenated downtown core.

The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) station in Hespeler, Ontario was constructed circa 1896 as a passenger and freight terminal building for the Galt, Preston and Hespeler (GP&H) Railway. The interurban rail line carried passengers and freight for over a half a century between  Galt, Preston and Hespeler.

For thousands of people travelling to and from work and for leisure was done riding on the GPH&H interurban rail cars.

The traffic congestion nightmare we face today will only get worse in the future.

 The fact you could simply get on the interurban rail car and ride to Waterloo or south to Port Dover in the past seems hard to comprehend today. What a mess we as a society have made by becoming an auto dependent culture.

I would be excited for the community of Hespeler if I could leave my car at home and take the new ION light rail to Kitchener and Waterloo and south to Galt.

Count me in. I want light rail.

Katie and Debra are Jealous Pumpkin Walnut Gluten Free Loaf

Katie and Debra are Jealous Pumpkin Walnut Gluten Free Loaf

Well, I had some pumpkin to make into a loaf.  I rarely use recipes. Katie was home so it had to be gluten free. Debra and Katie pressured me to use a recipe. So I went on the internet, found one, then changed it!!!

It turned out fantastic. Also it is all in one bowl!

1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

mix the above together then add

1 cup pumpkin
1/3 cup vegetable oil

then mix them together with egg/sugar mix , then add

1½ cups gluten-free flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup of walnuts or more!

mix all that in one bowl, could for 50-55min. at 350. wait for them to cool at least 10-15minutes.