The Star Theatre–or Funny Things Said in a Local Theatre




Photo from Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

In 1910 The Starland Theatre in Carleton Place was showing moving pictures from the Buffalo Bill and Pawnee Film Company. I am not quite sure, and maybe someone can help me with this, but maybe the Starland changed their name to the Star Theatre????


The Man from Brodney came out in 1923 and Let Not Man Put Asunder was a 1924 American silent drama film- so I am thinking this might be one and the same theatre that was located in the empty parking lot across from the Town Hall.

There is a story that in that same time frame, a well- known Carleton Place C.P.R. man called Ambrose Breen and his wife visited the Star Theatre one evening. During a scene in one of the films Breen attended depicted a man and a woman embracing with a overly amorous kiss thrown in on the side.

Well Mr. Breen was having nothing of the such, and like a bolt from the blue the audience was startled to hear the following coming out of old Ambrose over and over until the passionate scene ended.

” Cut out the rough stuff or we’ll go home!”

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Other things I have heard in a movie theatre

Paranormal Activity 3: “If this is set in the 80s why didn’t they just call it Ghostbusters?”

During The Last Song, at the scene where Miley Cyrus says to Liam Hemsworth on the dock at his place, “I have something to tell you…” Some guy at the back of the theatre whispered just loud enough to carry throughout the silent crowd, “I’m Hannah Montana.”

During Star Trek: Generations, there’s the crazy Enterprise crashing scene. I remember as soon as the wreckage came to rest, someone yelled out, “RIKER! YOU’RE FIRED!”

At the very end of The Dark Knight Rises, some guy in the theater I was in yelled out, “OH, SO BRUCE WAYNE WAS BATMAN!?”

Sat watching Les Mis and during Who am I?/The Trial, Hugh Jackman is belting out “Who am I?” and someone near me whispers “Wolverine?”.

Watching ‘Cabin in the Woods’ and right before Chris Hemsworth falls to his death,someone yells out “Thor, Nooooo !”.

During Paranormal Activity 2, the woman in the film said “WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?!” Some man in front of me said “A BIG MAC AND LARGE FRIES!”

“Grammy, you aren’t allowed to talk during the movie!” -(Me to my Grandmother at the opening of The Sound of Music)


This is what we need in Carleton Place. A Sound of Music Sing a Long!


The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
08 Oct 1923, Mon  •  Page 16

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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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