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Ken commented about Waterloo Theatre on Oct 13, 2004 at 8:18 am

The Waterloo Theatre opened March 12, 1937 and closed January 30, 1997. At the time of its closing it was owned by Cineplex Odeon Theatres and it was the only remaining first-run movie house in the city. The final film shown was “The People vs. Larry Flynt.”

It was reborn as the Waterloo Stage Theatre in February 1997. The cinema once housed over 500 patrons but there are now just 262 seats, most of which were removed for a stage extension and lounge area.

I saw three films here that I can remember – The Untouchables, The Player and Dances With Wolves. The theatre had a nice Art Deco feel to it. The lobby was small and cramped as the outside doors opened directly on to the ticket booth and concession area.

A brief history of the theatre and a picture can be found here:

The theatre’s contact information is:
24 King Street North
Waterloo, Ontario
N2J 2W7

Ken commented about Princess Cinema on Aug 11, 2004 at 10:51 am

This is one of my favourite theatres of all time. They show classic, independent and first and second-run art-house films. The theatre opened on September 18, 1985 and is housed in a complex that has a bar, restaurant and microbrewery. The bar has adult entertainment during the day, which isn’t much of a stretch since the Princess used to be a porn theatre called The Majestic, according to another site.

The theatre re-opened in January 2001 after installing mock-stadium seating and upgrading the sound. Tickets are reasonable and the theatre also sells yearly memberships in which patrons gain a $3 discount over non-members each visit.

Some corrections to this listing:
Seats: 174
Chain: Independent
Official website: