Geneva Theatre

16 West Street South,
Orillia, ON L3V

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Geneva Theatre

This theatre opened in 1939 and appears to have closed in the 1980’s after a multiplex opened in the area.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

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CSWalczak on June 12, 2008 at 1:46 pm

Here’s a picture of the Geneva in Orillia from 1939:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 30, 2012 at 11:31 pm

The Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada lists the Geneva Theatre in Orillia as a 1939 project of architect Jay English.

Porter on February 6, 2016 at 10:39 pm

Hello everyone, I just purchased this theater. Now comes the fun. I would like to restore the facade. Any other pictures would help. Please let me know if you can help at (the.donald@ Thank you

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 8, 2016 at 11:43 pm

Porter, I wish you success in your restoration project. I haven’t been able to find any early photos of the building, though as Jay English was a fairly well known theater architect it’s possible that some of his plans and papers, and possibly project photos, survive in an archive somewhere, though I haven’t been able to discover if they have. If I come across any information about his papers I’ll post it here.

Porter on February 9, 2016 at 10:59 pm

Thank you, I’m hoping to get an idea of where the playbill windows were when I strip that ugly crumbling brick off the face. First task is finding a source for the stone panels then rebuild the rusted and crumbling frame around the marquee. The ticket window is still there so only a renovation will be necessary.

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