Cineplex Odeon, Famous Players, Rainbow, and AMC are some of many good movie theatres but we would never have any of those movie theatres if it was not for Nat Taylor.
Nat Taylor loved the film industry since he was a little kid. In 1938 he bought the Elgin theatre in Ottawa, where he showed many movies but also art shows. The theatre was doing so well and then one day in 1957 he faced a dilemma when he was showing a movie for a few weeks , that was selling good by the way, and David Lean's blockbuster came out. He had the choice of either replacing the movie showing with the new movie or keep the o ne showing and not show the new one until later. Most people would have just stopped showing the old movie and play the new one but instead of doing that Taylor decided that he would divide his theatre in two. He ended up showing the old movie in the smaller half of the theatre and the new movie in the bigger half of the theatre. The smaller theatre was also used for art shows, that were held at the theatre. Dividing his theatre was a really good idea and a great success.
Theatres kept on getting bigger and bigger ever since that day. People made duplex's, triplex's, and more. Then in 1979 the Eaton's Centre set a new record in the Guinness Book of World Records with an 18-screen theatre opening in it. 18 screens in a theatre is nothing compared to the amount of screens there are in theatres now. Could you imagine if Nat Taylor never bought that theatre in 1938? We probably would not have big theatres like we do today. They would be small and probably only show one movie at a time. Somebody else probably would have thought of the idea but luckily for Nat he did first.
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