Glebe Theatre

740 Bank Street,
Ottawa, ON K1S

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HChatfield on August 25, 2013 at 9:32 am

My wife is the granddaughter of P J Nolan, who designed and built the Avalon (the original name of this theatre). He owned 3 theatres and operated 4. He also became the mayor of Ottawa.

Today (Aug 25) we are headed down to the open house of “The Acting Company” who are now setting up shop in the old theatre space to see what remains of this theatre.

Little known factoid – my wife’s father was Leo (the lion) McCarthy. He taught the returning soldiers from the war in this theatre to help them get caught up on their schooling.

Earlier they used to run vaudeville in this theatre as well as “talkies”.

atmos on December 31, 2008 at 5:51 am

The last movie was on the night of 17 Oct 1956.The auditorium was gutted and became a car dealership until 1974.The space is now occupied by Home Hardware.

atmos on November 27, 2007 at 4:45 am

Theatre opened on 16 Nov 1928.

0stimpy0 on August 5, 2007 at 4:18 pm

As part of the Odeon chain, was called the Glebe Theatre 1947-1956.

The building still exists. It’s a hardware store and restaurant with entrances on 2nd Avenue.