Trips to the now-next door metropolis of Toronto over the last two weekends have yielded our first Canadian entries in the Photobooth Locator. Not as many as I’d hoped, but it’s a start.
Last weekend, I stopped by the Drake Hotel to check out their nice old black and white booth, which was, as most reports had warned me, sadly out of order. We also visited working color photobooths in Union Station and the Bloor-Yonge subway station.
This past weekend, we returned to Toronto, and visited two more booths in the city, both in the lower level of the Toronto Eaton Centre Mall: one in the food court and one near the entrance to the subway. After heading back to New York from the city, we passed through Niagara Falls, Canada, the one example of a border town where the American side is actually calm and normal and the foreign side is a nightmare of over-developed commercialism. Anyway, we found three photobooths, all beautiful old black and white models, but also all sadly in different stages of being out of order, in the Skylon Tower observation tower and restaurant. The first booth, in the basement, was closed “for cleaning” and looked pretty lifeless. The second booth, also in the arcade level, was on and accepted our eight quarters, but then went no further. And the third, in the main floor next to the “pose for a photo in a barrel” stand, had no power at all, despite a cashier’s best efforts to turn it on for me.