Odeon Port Arthur

28 Court Street South,
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 2W5

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The fairly large Odeon and Paramount theatres dominated this stretch of Court Street across from Eatons department store and the Post Office in downtown Port Arthur, now the northern half of the city of Thunder Bay. The Odeon is located on the corner of Court Street South and Park Avenue.

The Odeon Port Arthur opened on November 4, 1948 with “Jassy” starring Margaret Lockwood. It was built by the British owned Rank Organisation, under their subsidiary Odeon Theatres Canada. The following day, they opened the Odeon Fort William, Thunder Bay.

In around 1965, it had a name change to Court Theatre. The Odeon was still in use in the 1980’s, but has most recently housed a nightclub, known as the Odeon Court, the 807 Club, and said in 2008 it could be re-named Flaminco Club.

Contributed by Pete N

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neko870 on May 25, 2005 at 9:53 am

I haven’t been to Thunder Bay in a while, but have fond childhood memories of this theater. I’ve heard that Eatons dept. store across the street has closed and is up for sale as of 2005. Hopefully someone out there has more info on this theatre and it’s current function(s).

lbadanai on December 29, 2005 at 8:46 pm

The Odeon Theatre on Court Street currently houses a nightclub called “Warp 9” It has switched names many times over the years and types of clubs in side but the general structure never changed besides building up from the slanted floors with wooden risers and the dance floor being centre of the room on the original concret floor. The Paramount Theatre down the street is a childrens play centre called wiggles and giggles. The main floor has a large childrens play centre and upstairs on the closed off balcony ius still a small theatre for childrens movies during birthday parties. As per the old Eatons dept store is now a call centre…. (go figure)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 18, 2014 at 11:07 pm

While the Odeon Port Arthur is on this list of the works of Jay English, it also appears on this list of works by the firm of Kaplan & Sprachman from the same source (the Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada 1800-1950.) It is listed as a 1947 project on both pages, so the Odeon, which did not open until November, 1948, must have been one of the design projects left unfinished by Jay English when he died in a drowning accident in August, 1947. A number of his unfinished projects were completed by architect Leslie Kemp, but this house, at least, was completed by Kaplan & Sprachman.

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