List of cinemas in Toronto
|Academy Theatre||Bloor and Lansdowne||1934||1965||1|
|Albion Cinemas||Albion and Kipling||3||Shows Hindi, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil and Bengali films.|
|Alhambra||568 Bloor Street, west of Bathurst||1910||1986||1||Also known as the King George, Baronet, and also the Eve, a porn cinema.|
|AMC Kennedy Commons 20||Kennedy and 401||1998||August 2012||20|
|Avalon Theatre||2923 Danforth west of Victoria Park||1926||1955||1||Clyde Theatre until 1930|
|Avenue Theatre||Eglinton and Avenue||1938||1955||1|
|Backstage||Yonge and Bloor||c1970||c2000||2||Opened as part of the conversion of Loew's Uptown into a multiplex, but reached by a separate entrance; originally considered part of that multiplex, and called the Uptown Backstage.|
|Bay Theatre||Queen and Bay||1910||1965||1||Earliest purpose built cinema in Toronto.|
|Bayview Theatre||Leaside||1936||1961||1||Later was a live theatre venue known as the Bayview Playhouse. Now a drug store.|
|Beach Theatre||The Beaches||1919||1970||1||Remodeled into a shopping centre.|
|Beach Alliance Atlantis||1651 Queen Street East, Queen and Coxwell||post 1994||present||6||Built on the site of the former Greenwood Racetrack.|
|Beaver Theatre||The Junction||1913||1961||1|
|Bellevue Theatre||On College St. near Brunswick||1937||1958||1|
|Bell Lightbox||King and John||2010||present||5||Headquarters for the Toronto International Film Festival. Plays retrospectives and series as part of TIFF Cinematheque, along with new releases of independent, foreign, and Canadian films.|
|The Big Picture||Jones and Gerrard||c1911||present||1||Converted from two houses to a theatre that in 1911 the theatre known as The Bonita has gone through many incarnations since the 1970s (Greek, Hong Kong, Bollywood, Tamil) before becoming an independent cinema hub devoted to art, schlock, indie and foreign programming from around the world.
Has also been known as The Wellington, Krishna Cinema, Sri Lakshmi and Gerrard Cinema before re-opening in 2011 as an art house cinema, the Projection Booth. In 2013 it briefly closed due to a falling out among its owners and then re-opened as The Big Picture with Jonathan Hlibka as sole proprietor. Closed as of 2016.
|Biltmore Theatre||Yonge and Dundas||1948||1977||1|
|Birchcliff Theatre||Birch Cliff||1949||1974||1|
|Bloor Theatre||Bathurst and Bloor||1919||1957||1||Originally Allen's Bloor Theatre, Famous Players acquired it in 1923 and operated it until 1957. Became the Blue Orchid nightclub and has been Lee's Palace music venue since 1985.|
|Bloordale Theatre (later known as State)||1606 Bloor St W at Dundas St W||1937||1968||1||Building in use as commercial space|
|Brighton Theatre||Roncesvalles||Closed||1||Building is in use as a convenience store|
|Broadview Theatre||Broadview and Gerrard||1941||1945||1|
|Cameo Theatre||Pape and Floyd East York||1934||1957||1|
|Capitol Fine Arts Theatre||Yonge and Eglinton||1923||1998||1||Converted to an event venue in 1998.|
|Carlton Cinema||Yonge and Carlton||1981||present||9||Focus on foreign and independent film. Closed in 2009 by Cineplex Odeon; reopened in 2010 under the ownership of Rainbow and Magic Lantern Cinemas, and acquired by Imagine Cinemas in 2016.|
|Carlton Theatre||Parliament and Carlton||1930||1954||1||Not to be confused with the far more famous Odeon Carlton; this was a much smaller theatre on Parliament Street just north of Carlton Street. After closing as a movie house, it was used as a CBC studio and is currently the Canadian Children's Dance Theatre.|
|Cedarbrae Cinemas 8||Markham and Lawrence||1969||2003||8|
|Centre Theatre||Bathurst and Dundas||1935||1977||1|
|Cinecity||Yonge and Charles||1966||1975||1|
|Cinema At The Toronto Dominion Centre||Toronto Dominion Centre||1967||1978||1|
|Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk 10||North York Centre||1999||present||10||Formerly a SilverCity and Empire Theatres from 2005-2013.|
|Cineplex Cinemas Queensway and VIP||The Queensway||2001||present||15-5||VIP Cinemas opened in January 2014. Formerly Cineplex Odeon|
|Cineplex Cinemas Yonge & Dundas Cinemas||10 Dundas East||2008||present||24||Most screens ever in the City of Toronto. Formerly AMC Yonge & Dundas 24|
|Cineplex Odeon Eglinton Town Centre||Golden Mile||2000||present||16|
|Cineplex Odeon Morningside||Sheppard and Morningside||1997||present||11|
|Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Grande||Yonge and Sheppard||Relocated to Empress Walk in June 2013|
|Cineplex Odeon Varsity Cinemas||Manulife Centre||1974||present||2-12||Includes some luxury "VIP" theatres.|
|Circle Theatre||North Toronto||1933||1956||1|
|Classic Theatre (originally named "The King's Royal Theatre")||Greenwood and Gerrard||1914||1957||1||As of Dec. 1, 2017, it is The Redwood Theatre|
|Coliseum Scarborough (unofficially Cineplex Cinemas Scarborough)||Scarborough Town Centre||1998||present||12||Features Xscape Entertainment Centre and two Party Rooms.|
|College Theatre||College and Ossington||1924||1967||1|
|Comique Theatre||Yonge and Dundas||1908||1914||1|
|Community Theatre||1202 Woodbine Ave. East York||1937||1955||1|
|Coronet Theatre||Yonge and Gerrard||1951||1983||1||Originally named the Savoy; became the Coronet in 1963. Well known grindhouse in the 1970s. Now, a jewellery store.|
|Cumberland Four||Yorkville||1981||2012||4||Specialized in independent and foreign films and was a mainstay venue for the Toronto International Film Festival. Owned by Famous Players until 1997 when it was sold to Alliance. Owned and operated by Cineplex from 2005 until close.|
|Danforth Music Hall||Danforth and Broadview||1919||2004||1||Originally named Allen's Danforth. Later, The Century, and also Titania. Now a live music venue.|
|Donlands Theatre||Donlands and O'Connor||1||Currently a recording studio.|
|Downtown Theatre||Yonge and Dundas||1948||1972||1||Current site of Yonge-Dundas Square.|
|Dufferin Drive-In||Dufferin and Steeles||1|
|Eastwood Theatre||Greenwood and Gerrard||1927||1972||1||Today, the India Centre.|
|Eaton Centre Cineplex||Toronto Eaton Centre||1979||2001||17-21||First venue in the Cineplex chain. Originally known as "Cineplex 18", then expanded to "Cineplex 21", then four auditoriums were combined into one. Considered the world's first megaplex.|
|Eglinton Theatre||Eglinton and Avenue Road||1936||2003||1||Converted to an event venue.|
|Elane Theatre||Eglinton and Danforth||1963||1985||1|
|Elgin Theatre||Queen and Yonge||1913||1980s||1||Originally part of a twin live theatre, the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres. When the upstairs Winter Garden closed in 1928, the lower theatre was converted to a cinema, which was known variously as Loew's, the Elgin, and the Yonge. It was then closed and both theatres were restored and are now theatre venues.|
|Famous Players Canada Square||Canada Square Complex||1985||present||8|
|Fox Theatre||The Beaches||1914||present||1||Oldest theatre in continuous operation in Toronto.|
|Garden Theatre (later known as Elektra, Cinema Lumiere, Chang's)||290 College St, near Spadina||1916||1986||1||Opened as the Garden Theatre, so named because of its roof garden. It was a vaudeville venue before becoming the Garden Cinema in 1937. In 1950, the second floor was converted into the Garden Billiard Academy and then in 1960 the New Garden Billaird Academy. The cinema on the first floor was renamed the Elektra in 1965, closing in 1969. The entire building served as a pool hall until 1972 when Cinema Lumiere, a repertory art cinema, opened and operated until 1980 when it became Chang’s Theatre, a Chinese cinema featuring "Taiwanese porn with religious overtones". Chang's closed in 1983. 18 months later, the venue again became Cinema Lumiere in 1985, featuring art films, foreign and alternative films but closed again in 1986 when its roof collapsed during a rainstorm. The building later became a computer store and then a Home Hardware.|
|Gay Theatre||Parliament and Dundas||1950s||1|
|Glendale Theatre||Avenue Rd between Lawrence and Wilson||1947||1974||1||Showed Cinerama features. Demolished.|
|Golden Classics||Spadina and Queen||1977||1990s||1||Chinese cinema. From 2010-2012 the building was home to the Toronto Underground Cinema.|
|Golden Mile Plaza Theatre||Victoria Park and Eglinton||1954||1986||2|
|Granada Theatre||417 Danforth Avenue||1960||1|
|Grover Theatre||Danforth and Main||Early 1920's||c1963||1|
|Hollywood Theatre||Yonge and St. Clair||1930||1999||2||The first theater built to show "talkies"|
|Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema||Bathurst and Bloor||1941||present||1||Built in 1941 on the site of the Madison Theatre (1913), which was demolished in 1940. Known as the Midtown, Capri, Eden and Bloor Cinemas. Took the name Bloor when the old Bloor, now Lee's Palace, closed. Today, it is operated as the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, with documentary films predominantly featured, but also a host to other film festivals. Purchased by the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in 2016, using a $4 million gift from the Rogers Foundation, and was rebranded as the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.|
|Humber Cinemas||Bloor St W at Jane St||1948||2003; 2011–present.||4||One of the five original Odeon theaters built in Toronto. Closed in 2003 due to poor attendance. Reopened in April 2011 by Rui Pereira (owner of the Kingsway Cinema). Expanded from 2 to 4 cinemas in 2012.|
|Imperial||Yonge and Dundas||1927||1988||1-6||Originally a single cinema and vaudeville house called the Pantages; renamed the Imperial in 1930 and exclusively a movie house; converted 1973 to the 6-screen Imperial Six; converted back to single-screen Pantages 1987; closed 1988 and eventually converted to become one of Toronto's main stage venues, first called the Pantages again, then the Canon, and now the Ed Mirvish Theatre.|
|International Cinema||2061 Yonge St||c1933||c1987||1||Originally the Oriole.|
|Island Theatre||Toronto Islands||c.1949||1955||1|
|Joy Theatre||Queen and Jones||Closed||1||Today, a restaurant.|
|Kingsway Theatre||Bloor St W at Royal York||1939||2006; 2009–present||1||Today, running first run and recent releases.|
|Lansdowne Theatre||Bloor and Lansdowne||1936||1958||1|
|Madison (1913)||Bloor St W at Bathurst||1913||1940||1||Demolished in 1940 and replaced by Midtown Theatre (known today as Hot Docs)|
|Madison||4950 Yonge St., north of Sheppard|
|Market Square||Front and Jarvis||1983||present||6||Opened as the Cineplex Odeon Market Square, now the Rainbow Cinemas Market Square|
|Metro Theatre||Bloor and Christie||1939||2013||3||Has been an adult movie theatre since 1978; the last such cinema in Toronto. In August 2012 it was announced that the Metro would become home to the art schlock indie foreign cinematic model under the same management of Projection Booth. However, after a falling out among the owners, The Metro closed permanently in December 2013.|
|Mount Pleasant Cinema||Mount Pleasant and Eglinton||1926||1||Opened in 1926 as the Hudson Theatre.|
|New Yorker Theatre||Yonge and Bloor||1919||unknown||1||Opened as the Victoria in 1919. Demolished, but some of the facade used in the Panasonic Theatre on the site.|
|Northeast Drive-In Theatre||Sheppard Avenue East and Victoria Park||1947||1976||1|
|North West Drive-In Theatre||Dixon Road and Highway 401||1948||1977||1|
|Nortown||875 Eglinton Av W at Bathurst||1948||1974||1|
|Odeon||Queen and Lansdowne||1930||1981||1||Not connected to the Odeon chain.|
|Odeon Carlton||Yonge and Carlton||1947||1973||1||Demolished.|
|Odeon Danforth||Pape and Danforth||1947||unknown||2||Now a fitness centre.|
|Odeon Fairlawn||Yonge and Lawrence||1947||1985||2||Demolished.|
|Odeon Hyland||Yonge and St. Clair||1948||2003||2||Demolished.|
|Odeon York||Yonge and Eglinton||1969||2001||2||Closed due to a court decision about accessibility. Became an event venue, then a fitness club, then a condo sales center, then demolished 2012.|
|Ontario Place Cinesphere||Ontario Place||1971||2012 – closed as part of government decision to close Ontario place. Reopened 2017–present.||1||The world's first permanent IMAX theatre.|
|Opera House||Queen and Broadview||1909||1||Today, a music venue.|
|Orpheum Theatre||Queen and Bathurst||1|
|Oxford Theatre||Danforth and Coxwell||1928 (renovated May 1937)||1|
|Palace Theatre||Danforth and Pape||1924||1987||3|
|Paradise Theatre||Bloor and Dovercourt||2006||1|
|Park Theatre||Yonge and Lawrence||1921||1984||1||Opened as the Bedford Theatre. Renamed Park Theatre in 1949.|
|Parkdale Theatre||Queen St W at Roncesvalles||1924||1970||1||Building still exists and is used as an antique furniture market.|
|Parkway Drive-in||Woodbine and Steeles||1|
|Parliament Theatre||Parliament and Gerrard||1929||1963||1|
|Pickford Theatre||Queen and Spadina||1910||1940s||1||Opened as the Auditorium in 1908. Was renamed the Avenue Theatre in 1913.|
|Plaza Theatre||Hudson's Bay Centre||1976||2001||2|
|Prince of Wales Theatre||Danforth and Woodbine||1927||1966||1|
|Radio City||Bathurst and St. Clair||1936||1975||1|
|Red Mill||Yonge and Queen||1906||unknown||1||Toronto's first "permanent" movie theatre. Originally named the Theatorium.|
|Regent Theatre||Davisville||1927||present||1||Formerly the Crest.|
|Revue Cinema||Roncesvalles||1912||2006,2007–present||1||The Revue is the oldest purpose-built movie theatre presently operating in Toronto. The Revue operated continuously from 1912 to 2006. It re-opened in 2007 under new ownership and is managed by a non-profit organization.|
|Rialto Theatre||Yonge and Shuter||Early 20th century||1|
|Rio Theatre||Yonge and Gerrard||1913||1991||1||Opened as The Big Nickel Theatre in 1913. By 1922 it had been renamed National Theatre and was renamed Rio Theatre in 1943 serving as a grindhouse until it closed in 1991.|
|Robinson's Musee Theatre||Yonge and Adelaide (91-93 Yonge Street)||1890||1905||1||Originally a curio museum, this hall was the site of the first screening of a motion picture in Toronto on August 31, 1896. On the second floor, it had a curio shop and waxworks, and the roof had an animal menagerie. It changed hands several times, was renamed the Bijou and was the first site of Shea's Theatre. Destroyed by fire in 1905.|
|Roxy Theatre||The Danforth||1936||2006||3||Opened as the Allenby Theatre.|
|Royal Alexandra Theatre||Theatre District||1||Major performing arts venue that also served for a time as a cinema.|
|Royal Cinema||College Street between Grace and Clinton||1939||present||1|
|Runnymede Theatre||Bloor St W at Runnymede||1927||1999||2||Converted first to a Chapters book store, then to a Shoppers Drug Mart, it retains most of the original interior decoration.|
|Scarboro||Kingston and Victoria Park||1936||unknown||1||Was for a time a pool hall. Today, rebuilt as condos.|
|Scarboro Drive-In Theatre||Kennedy Road at Ranstone Gardens (south of Lawrence Avenue East)||1952||late 1970s||1||Claimed to have the biggest screen in Canada. Included a "kiddieland". Now the site of Jack Goodlad Park and community centre.|
|Scotiabank Theatre Toronto||John and Richmond||1999||present||14||Originally named the Paramount. Features a bar and arcade. Licensed for beer in cinema.|
|The Screening Room||Bloor St W at Royal York||1||Was located above the Kingsway Theatre and earlier was called the Kingsway 2.|
|Shea's Hippodrome||Queen and Bay||1909||1954||1||Former vaudeville theatre that became one of Canada's largest cinemas.|
|Sheraton Centre||Sheraton Centre||2||unknown|
|Sherway Cinemas||Sherway Gardens||1971||2001||13||Replaced by Queensway in 2001. Now a Sears store.|
|SilverCity Fairview||Fairview Mall||1970||present||9||Originally Cineplex Odeon Fairview, became Rainbow Cinemas Willowdale from 1988-2008 with 8 screens. The theatre features a Screening Room and Lounge.|
|SilverCity Yonge-Eglinton||Yonge and Eglinton||1998||present||9|
|SilverCity Yorkdale||Yorkdale Shopping Centre||1963||present||3?-10||First shopping mall cinema in Canada. Rebuilt 1999 at a new location in the mall.|
|Skyway 6 Cinemas||Airport Road||1980||1999||6|
|Standard Theatre||Spadina and Dundas||1921||1994||1||Began as a Yiddish live theatre, becoming a cinema in the mid-1930s first as the Strand, then as the Victory. Was a live burlesque theatre from 1959 until the mid-1970s. As the Mandarin and the Golden Harvest was a Chinese-language cinema from the late-1970s until it closed.|
|Stanford Theatre||Queen and Spadina||Early 20th century||1|
|Teck Theatre||Queen and Broadview||1|
|Tivoli Theatre||Yonge and Richmond||1965||1||Site of the first talking film in Toronto in 1928.|
|Towne Cinema||Yonge and Bloor||1949||1985||1|
|Underground Cinema||Spadina and Queen||2010||2012||1||Repertory cinema opened in what was formerly the Golden Classics venue.|
|University Theatre||100 Bloor Street West||1949||1986||1||For a time the largest cinema in Canada. Demolished except for the facade, which was incorporated into a store.|
|Uptown Theatre||Yonge and Bloor||1920||2003||3-5||Originally the single-screen Loew's Uptown Theatre. Converted into one of the world's first multiplexes. At that time the Backstage Theatre, then called the Uptown Backstage, was considered part of it. Eventually closed due to a court decision on accessibility, and demolished.|
|Victory (see Standard Theatre, above)||Northeast corner of Spadina and Dundas|
|Westwood Theatre||Bloor and Kipling||1951||1998||3||Demolished.|
|Willow Theatre||Yonge and Ellerslie||1950s||1987||Demolished; site is now a condominium.|
|Woodside Cinemas||McCowan and Finch||1977||present||3||Currently shows Hindi, Tamil, and Punjabi films.|
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