Grand Theatre

218 Princess Street,
Kingston, ON K7L 1B2

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Grand Theatre

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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.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 24, 2005 at 12:04 am

The City of Kingston’s web site displays plans for the future of the Grand Theatre.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 10, 2009 at 3:36 pm

The theater is open and has a full schedule of performances.

JohnnyCool
JohnnyCool on January 11, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Wow…that is pretty ugly…..has to be said.

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