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Kodak (Eastman Kodak)


Discovered by hi-lite
Created Jan 20 2009
Recent status Under Construction
Category Industrial
City Toronto, Ontario
Location # 502
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The last remaining building of the Eastman Kodak company complex off of Eglinton Ave. The 4 story office structure has various rooms that are semi-lit through the large windows, serving as an employee building it contains a gymnasium. The Toronto complex has been owned and operated by Kodak since 1913 until it closed down in 2006.

Other interesting features...

  • Rooftop + elevator room
  • Grand staircase
  • lots of graffiti

Update by sQualie If you're planning to hit the basement, I strongly recommend bringing a P100 or at the very least an N95 mask. Rubber boots aren't really necessary if you have waterproof shoes but it's mushy down there and in what used to be the back kitchen and, what I assume was a cafeteria area.

*Update by sykocatgirl 7/7/13 Update on Kodak Eastman. I know the actual listing is for full members only, so I hid the address. Went there today, had about 5 minutes to take pictures before 2 security guys drove up to us and told us we can't be there.. Police is stationed at the No Frills mall until 5pm..then Security guys start their shift. We got a warning, but I think that once it gets dark, the cops would be called. These 2 looked pretty ticked off.. Lots of ways to get into lot, not the building. but security is top notch, so be careful.

**Update by NGTOne May 6, 2016 **

Kodak Heights: One of Toronto's best-known abandonments, and a real piece of the city's history. Built in the 1930s when film photography was the only way to do things, the Heights (also known as Mount Dennis) drove the development of the Weston/Eglinton area from a rural community into a large working-class neighbourhood. Employment at the plant peaked in the 1970s at some 3,000 workers, but that was down to about 800 by the time the plant finally closed in 2005. A couple of years later, in 2007, the majority of the campus was demolished, leaving only Building 9 (the employee building) standing in the middle of an empty field (more like an urban swamp these days). Since then, the property has been purchased by Metrolinx (the operators of GO Transit), with the eventual intent of using it (including the old building) as a regional transit hub.

Today, Building 9 is heavily boarded up, with all ground-level accesses blocked off. What this results in is that both the basement and ground floor are completely pitch-black, as is the main staircase. Rather expectedly, there's all sorts of interesting graffiti, both inside and out, but there isn't a heck of a lot else left. There are some office furnishings and lockers in the basement (plus a smashed urinal inhabited by a rather noisy cricket), and a few other bits and bobs littering the first floor. Upstairs, you'll find the gymnatorium (complete with faded basketball court markings) and some of the old darkrooms. One of the classic elements of the building, the grand staircase on the main floor, sits in pitch darkness, but is still gorgeous (though nothing like its former glory).

When visiting Building 9, keep your eyes open for raccoons (I had a run-in with a shy one on the main floor), since they're able to traverse gaps in the boards that humans can't (or they just took the same way in I did). The basement also has some issues with air quality - when it rains, the institutional carpeting on the floor turns into what is essentially a very thick, sticky mud (which may or may not release chemicals into the air when you step on it), and I thought I smelled some mould as well. I also suspect that there's security-company visitors every so often - I spotted a car elsewhere on the property while I was on the roof.

**Update by Whatwouldsatando April 1, 2017 ** Construction workers lifted the building onto steel rails and moved it 60 metres to save it from being demolished. Check the Toronto Star article to watch the timelapse. It will supposedly be repurposed as an LRT station. I have also included a link to the PDF outlining the future plans.

Latlng: (43.688062, -79.48684)


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Unknown user I hope you realize that the POE isn't in the building (Pm me if you know where the POE is)

Mar 27 2013  • 0 like(s)

OnlyMe I was there today and there is absolutely no way in. They've used 20+ screws per board at each entrance and even sealed the cracks around the boards with caulking. Plenty of City of Toronto trucks around and no one bothered to chase us away.

Mar 26 2013  • 0 like(s)
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Unknown user Really? They boarded it up?

Mar 21 2013  • 0 like(s)

missdollanganger Totally boarded up now. The POE is sealed.

Mar 19 2013  • 0 like(s)

UnLeashed_Photography Def hitting this one next month when I go up for a concert, hope to hit a couple others as well. I've been interested in this one for quite some time, I came across it on the net somewhere else a while ago. The staircase is beautiful!

Mar 13 2013  • 0 like(s)

East Of Eden Access is easy. Note: There's is an inch or two of ice on the auditorium floor. When the temperature rises this place is going to get super wet. If you're planning on visiting, I would go while it's still frozen. A lot less shhtincky when things are iced up.

Mar 10 2013  • 0 like(s)

f.o.s. No harm done :) A lot of folks miss that micro-font note

Mar 08 2013  • 0 like(s)

Baldass My bad, sorry.

Mar 08 2013  • 0 like(s)

f.o.s. @ Baldass please refrain from asking about/referring to points of entry in the comments section (as requested in the text under "Leave a Comment" directly above the comment data entry field)

Mar 08 2013  • 0 like(s)

Evman No it's just a hole, it goes nowhere.

Feb 27 2013  • 0 like(s)
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Unknown user went back there with friends, we didn't take a lot of pics since I told my friend to take pics, but he didn't, but I got some cool pics of my self

Feb 26 2013  • 0 like(s)
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Unknown user does it lead to anything?

Feb 18 2013  • 0 like(s)

Evman I went in that weird hole with the ladder thing. Nothing there.

Feb 15 2013  • 0 like(s)

IDUE Went here last week, really love the point of entry! That's a fun one. Sneaky, too. I would go now before spring thaw or the basement might be a bit much. Even with respirators we found it rather unaccommodating. The dead raccoons don't help things much either. Definitely reccomend.

Feb 02 2013  • 0 like(s)

doom vs worries, it's not possible. As I said in the pm, Sunday, tomorrow, whenever, best to talk about a visit after and not before is all.

Jan 30 2013  • 0 like(s)