Lido Theatre

220 Edwards Avenue,
The Pas, MB RA91L5

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Lido Theatre Est. 1930

The 500-seat Lido Theatre was opened in late-1929 with the ‘talkie’ “The Hollywood Revue” and promoted itself as “Manitoba’s Finest Atmospheric Theatre”. It retains the original auditorium to this day. One of the oldest Atmospheric style theatres that are still operating in Canada. The Lido Theatre is independently operated and has always been. One of the only known fourth generation movie houses in Canada. Today the Lido Theatre remains a hub of cinema entertainment in The Pas, Manitoba, Canada. A first run movie house that is truly one of a kind. Complete with an orchestra pit and backstage dressing rooms.

Contributed by Paul Rivalin

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 27, 2006 at 1:59 pm

The Lido Theatre is listed in the Film Daily Yearbook;1943 edition with a seating capacity given as 500.

Blankstein on June 8, 2006 at 4:56 pm

This theatre was designed by my Grandfather.

grandcameo on December 30, 2006 at 7:41 pm

A beautiful little theatre. I have never been there but would love to check it out. Its gorgeous.

Here’s a link, with some great pics under the “History” tab:

NativeForestHiller on May 15, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Grandcameo, please e-mail me at I am interested in learning more about your non-profit & website which lists theaters for sale. Please read the following on the Ridgewood Theatre, which I am hoping to preserve, adaptively reuse, & help reopen:

Rivalin on September 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm

We are currently investigating the possibility of the Lido Theatre being recognized as the longest running and oldest operating Atmospheric theatre in the world.

We are fairly certain that it is the oldest in Canada, the longest running in North America. Likewise, we are fairly certain that it is the only Atmospheric theatre to survive without public funds of any kind and all along the way being owned by the same family.

Guinness World Records recognizes the Duke of York in Brighton, UK. as the oldest purpose built cinema in the world. The Duke was built in 1910. Using that as a basis, we are attempting to establish whether or not the Lido Theatre is the oldest operating atmospheric and longest running atmospheric. The Duke of York has not always remained, nor is it now, an atmospheric cinema.

Any further information or help from the Cinema Treasures community would be greatly appreciated.

I can be emailed at


Paul Rivalin

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