Old Movie Theatres—

23 Jun

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Links to posts that have appeared on about Toronto’s old movie theatres since the blog commenced in 2011.

Academy Theatre on Bloor West at St. Clarens

Ace Theatre on Danforth (see Iola)

Ace Theatre on Queen near Bay

Adelphi Theatre (Kum Bac) on Dovercourt Road

Alhambra Theatre on Bloor Street, west of Bathurst Street

Allen’s Bloor Theatre, (now Lee’s Palace)

Allenby on the Danforth

Allen’s Danforth

Apollo (Crystal) Theatre on Dundas West

Arcadian (Variety) Theatre

Auditorium Theatre

Avalon Theatre on Danforth Avenue

Avenue Theatre (see Pickford)

Avon Theatre at 1092 Queen Street West

Bay (Colonial Theatre) at Queen and Bay

Bayview Theatre

Beaver Theatre in the Junction area at Keele and Dundas Street West

Bell Lightbox (TIFF)

Bellevue Theatre on College Street that became the Lux Burlesque Theatre

Belsize Theatre (see Regent)

Biltmore Theatre on Yonge, north of Dundas St.

Birchcliff Theatre on Kingston Rd.

Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Bloor Street West

Bloordale Theatre (the State) on Bloor St. West, near Dundas Street.

Blue Bell (Gay) Theatre on Parliament Street

Bonita (Gerrard) Theatre on Gerrard East

Brighton Theatre on Roncesvalles Avenue

Brock Theatre (the Gem)

Cameo Theatre

Cannon Theatre (see Ed Mirvish)

Capitol Theatre on Yonge at Castlefield

Carlton Theatre on Parliament Street

Casino Burlesque Theatre on Queen Street 

Cineplex Eaton Centre

Cineplex Odeon Varsity Theatre at Bloor and Bay

Cineplex Theatre at Yonge and Dundas Streets

Circle on Dundas West (see Duchess)

Circle Theatre on Yonge Street

Clyde Theatre (Avalon)

College Theatre at College St. and Dovercourt Rd.

Colonial Theatre (see Bay Theatre)

Colony Theatre at Vaughan Road and Eglinton Avenue

Community Theatre on Woodbine Avenue

Coronet Theatre (Savoy) on Yonge St. at Gerrard

Crest Theatre (see Regent)

Crown Theatre on Gerrard St. East

Crystal Theatre (see Apollo)

Cumberland In Yorkville 

Danforth Music Hall (Allen’s Danforth)

Donlands Theatre

Downtown Theatre (now demolished) at Yonge and Dundas

Duchess Theatre (Circle) on Dundas West

Eastwood Theatre on Gerrard St. East

Ed Mirvish Theatre (the Pantages, Imperial and Cannon)

Eglinton Theatre

Elgin Theatre (Loew’s Downtown)

Elgin/Winter/Garden Theatres on Yonge Street

Empire (Rialto, Palton) on Queen East

Esquire (Lyndhurst) Theatre on Bloor Street West

Eve’s Paradise (see Paradise)

Garden Theatre at 290 College Street.

Gay Theatre (see Blue Bell)

Gem Theatre (see Brock)

Gerrard Theatre (see Bonita)

Glendale Theatre on Avenue Rd.

Golden Mile Theatre on Eglinton East

Grand Opera House on Adelaide Street West

Grant Theatre on Oakwood Avenue near Vaughan Road

Greenwood Theatre (the Guild)

Grover on Danforth Avenue

Guild Theatre (see Greenwood)

Hillcrest Theatre on Christie Street, south of Dupont St.

Hollywood Theatre on the east side of Yonge Street, north of St. Clair Avenue.

Hudson Theatre (see Mount Pleasant)

Imperial and Downtown Theatres on Yonge Street (archival photos)

Imperial Theatre (see Ed Mirvish)

Iola (Ace, Regal) on Danforth Avenue

Island Theatre on Centre Island

Kent Theatre at Yonge and St. Clair

Kenwood Theatre on Bloor St. West

King Theatre at College and Manning Streets

Kingsway Theatre in the Kingsway Village on Bloor St. West

Kum-Bac Theatre (see Adelphi)

KUM-C Theatre in Parkdale

La Plaza Theatre (the Opera House) on Queen Street East

La Salle Theatre on Dundas, near Spadina

Lansdowne Theatre on Lansdowne Avenue, north of Bloor St. West

Loew’s Uptown Theatre (the Uptown)

Loew’s Downtown Theatre (see Elgin)

Lyndhurst Theatre (see Esquire)

Major St. Clair Theatre on St. Clair Avenue, east of Old Weston Road.

Mayfair Theatre at Jane and Annette

Metro Theatre at 679 Bloor West

Mount Dennis Theatre on Weston Rd, north of Eglinton

Mount Pleasant (Hudson) Theatre

Nortown Theatre on Eglinton, west of Bathurst St.

Oakwood Theatre on Oakwood Avenue, near St. Clair Avenue West Oakwood Theatre, Part II

Odeon Carlton at Yonge and Carlton Streets

Odeon Carlton Theatre

Odeon Danforth Theatre on the Danforth, near Pape Avenue

Odeon Humber Theatre at Bloor and Jane Streets (now Humber Cinemas)

Odeon Hyland Theatre at Yonge and St. Clair

Odeon Theatre On Queen West in Parkdale

Opera House (see La Plaza)

Orpheum Theatre on Queen St., west of Bathurst

Palace Theatre on the Danforth

Palace Theatre on the Danforth near Pape Avenue

Palton Theatre (see Empire)

Panasonic Theatre on Yonge Street

Pantages Theatre (see Ed Mirvish)

Paradise (Eve’s Paradise)

Paramount Theatre on St. Clair West, between Oakwood and Dufferin streets.

Parkdale Theatre on Queen Street, near Roncesvalles

Photodrome (Ace) Theatre on Queen St. West

Pickford (Auditorium, Avenue) Theatre

Princess Theatre on King Street

Radio City Theatre on Bathurst, south of St. Clair.

Regal Theatre (see Iola)

Regent Theatre on Mt. Pleasant Rd. (the Belsize, the Crest)

Revue Theatre at 400 Roncesvalles Avenue

Rex Theatre (the Joy)

Rialto Theatre (see Empire)

Rivoli Theatre on Queen Street West

Royal Alexandra Theatre

Royal George Theatre on St. Clair W., west of Dufferin Street.

Royal Theatre on Dundas Street

Royal Theatre (the Pylon) on College St.

Runnymede Theatre in the Bloor West Village

Savoy Theatre (see Coronet)

Scarboro Theatre

Scotiabank Theatre at Richmond and John Streets

Shea’s Hippodrome Theatre on Bay St. near Queen

Shea’s Victoria (The Victoria) at Victoria and Adelaide Streets

St. Clair Theatre, west of Dufferin Street

State Theatre (see Bloordale)

Teck Theatre on Queen St. East

The Tivoli Theatre on Richmond Street East

Toronto’s first movie screening and its first movie theatre

Town Cinema on Bloor East, near Yonge Street

University Theatre on Bloor St., west of Bay Street.

Uptown 5 Multiplex Theatre on Yonge south of Bloor

Variety Theatre (see Arcadian)

Vaughan Theatre on St. Clair Avenue 

Victoria (Shea’s Victoria)

Victory burlesque and movie theatre on Spadina at Dundas:

Village Theatre on Spadina Road in Forest Hill Village

Westwood Theatre on Bloor Street West near Six Points

The Willow Theatre on north Yonge St. in Willowdale

York Theatre on Yonge near Bloor St.

Note: I welcome comments from reader who are willing to share their memories. As well, I always appreciate it when corrections or other opnions are offered. I can be contacted at

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Recent publication entitled “Toronto’s theatres and the Golden Age of the Silver Screen,” by the author of this blog. The publication explores 50 of Toronto’s old theatres and contains over 80 archival photographs of the facades, marquees and interiors of the theatres. It also relates anecdotes and stories from those who experienced these grand old movie houses.  


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Book also available at Chapters/Indigo, the book shop at the Bell Lightbox or University of Toronto Press at 416-667-7791

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3 responses to “Old Movie Theatres—

  1. Howard

    December 19, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Great article and photos on the Glendale theatre. I remember going there as a kid in the 1960s to watch the horror flicks they used to show at that time and admission for a kid was 25 cents, this was one of my favorite theatres.
    I believe the film 2001 A Space Odyssey had played there for at least 4 yrs or more.
    Its too bad it was demolished in 1975 and there is Nissan car dealership on that site now.

  2. William Grant

    July 18, 2014 at 8:44 am

    You have missed the Avalon theater at Luttrell and Danforth South East corner (the building that’s there now) and the Ideal theater 214 Main St just north of Gerrard St that building was also the theater.

  3. Arthur E. Zimmerman

    April 11, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Trying to identify and place a small movie theatre on Dundas Street, September 1923, shown on pp. 50 – 51 of “Toronto Beween the Wars” by Charles Cotter. The film playing was “Let ‘er Run” with Dorothy Devore and no hits in Star or Globe databases for the film, for Devore or for the theatre. Looks as if the front entrance was through a curtain! Think that my father might be one of the kids in the photo.
    By the way, we did research and published on Luigi Romanelli, who built the Paramount Theatre on St. Clair and the Village Theatre on north Spadina Road, and have some specs of both. See <> for descriptions.


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