Regent Theatre

225 Queen Street E,
Toronto, ON M5A 1S4

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Open in August 25, 1916 as a vaudeville theater owned by Ambrose Small a Canadian theater magnate, who later disappeared in 1919 and was never found. The Majestic Music Hall was sold to Jack Bickell the first president of Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd. and his business partners. They converted the theater into a cinema and renamed it the Regent Theatre.

Mr. Bickell and his partners in 1920 sold the theater to Famous Players which would become their first cinema. Famous Players was sold to Cineplex Galaxy in 2005. Now the Scotia Plaza is standing near the site. In 2007, the Paramount Theatre was renamed the Scotiabank because of this coincidence.

Contributed by Mr. M

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JohnnyCool
JohnnyCool on January 10, 2010 at 1:27 pm

No…the Paramount was renamed the Scotiabank because they pumped a lot of money into the Scene card promotion scheme, and offer Scene branded debit and credit cards to collect Cineplex redeemable points.

I for one refuse to call the Paramount the Scotiabank; it’s a CINEMA, not a bank.

Perhaps I should open a bank and call it Rialto?

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 10, 2010 at 6:07 pm

An old postcard view of the Regent when it was the Majestic Music Hall: http://tiny.cc/0mi43

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