Parliament Cinema

309 Parliament Street,
Toronto, ON M5A 2A8

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Gay Theatre, Toronto

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This neighborhood theatre opened as the Bluebell Theatre prior to 1925. It was renamed the Gay Theatre in 1954 and closed for a while in the early-1970’s. It re-opened as the Parliament Cinema and finally closed after 1979.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

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AJOHMSS on December 22, 2010 at 11:58 pm

It was used as a booze can from about ‘86 to '87.
I have a photo I took in 1987 that I will upload when the photo function returns.

JCharles on December 27, 2010 at 10:30 am

That closure date is incorrect. I recently ran across an ad for a double bill of THE PROUD RIDER and OUTLAW RIDERS from 1972, so the closure was sometime after that.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 12, 2011 at 5:52 pm

The Bluebell was in operation at least as early as 1925, and probably earlier. “The Storms Below,” a biography of Canadian writer Hugh Garner, quotes a letter from a former childhood neighbor of Garner, who lived in the area in the 1920s, which mentions the matinees at the Bluebell Theatre. Google Books preview.

CSWalczak on December 10, 2012 at 11:12 am

Here is a picture of this theatre in its final incarnation as the Parliament Cinema. As such, it should not be confused with an earlier and much larger Parliament Theatre which was once a few blocks away.

This webpage includes a reminiscence of Cabbagetown resident who attended the theatre as a youth when it was the Gay Theatre.

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