218 Princess Street,
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Built in 1902 on the site of the 1879 Martin’s Opera House, which had burned to the ground in 1898, The Grand remained a venue for live performances until 1938, when it became a cinema operated by the Famous Players motion picture chain. It continued as such until 1961, when it was purchased by a syndicate which stripped the theatre’s interior in preparation for demolishing the building to provide a site for a parking lot.
However, the citizens of Kingston protested, and the city purchased the theatre in 1962. Money was raised for renovation, and the Grand reopened in 1966. Since then it has undergone several renovations, the most recent of which will be completed in late 2006.
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