Bloor Theatre

529 Bloor Street West,
Toronto, ON M5S 1Y5

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Allen's Bloor Theatre

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Allen’s Bloor Theatre was opened in 1919. It was taken over by Famous Players in 1923, and became the Bloor Theatre.

The former Bloor Theatre now operates as Lee’s Palace and the Dance Cave, a nightclub.

Contributed by Chad Irish

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 2, 2005 at 10:59 am

The address for this former movie theater is 529 Bloor St.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 2, 2005 at 11:06 am

This is a two story building. The first floor is Lee’s Palace, an alternative rock club. The second floor is called The Dance Cave and is used as “an alternative dance club”.

telliott
telliott on June 8, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Right you are Jlangdon, the OLD Bloor theatre is now Lee’s Palace, NOT the Midtown…THAT is now the Bloor. I hate when people keep mixing up the old Bloor and the Midtown (the current Bloor)

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on March 31, 2011 at 2:36 pm

According to Eric Veillete’s Silent Toronto, the architect of the Bloor was none other than C. Howard Crane. Eric’s page about the Allen Theatre chain includes a picture of the Bloor from 1921: http://silenttoronto.com/?tag=bloor-theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 31, 2011 at 3:11 pm

The November 26, 1919, issue of the trade journal Engineering and Contracting featured an article about the construction system used for the roof the new theater. There are four line drawings, one of which (a longitudinal section of the building) was unfortunately printed upside down.

Allen’s Bloor Theatre was designed by the architectural firm of Hynes, Feldman & Watson, also designers of Allen’s Downtown Theatre (later the Tivoli) and associate architects for Allen’s Danforth Theatre, now the Danforth Music Hall.

Loren Ruth Lerner and Mary F. Williamson’s book “Art and Architecture of Canada” calls the exterior style of the Bloor Theatre “somewhat Italian” and describes the interior as “…a modern development of Louis XVI style….”

EricVeillette
EricVeillette on April 28, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Thanks Christopher. There’s a new post (with a fancy slide-show) about the Allen Bloor over at Silent Toronto.

EricVeillette
EricVeillette on April 28, 2011 at 9:37 pm

The Bloor also figures in this article at Silent Toronto — You’re fired: Silent film musicians and the talkie revolution.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on November 7, 2012 at 10:39 am

This was an Allen Theatre that Famous Players acquired control from the receivers of the Allen Theatres Limited. One of our veteran pioneer lady managers, Miss Dorothy St. Edward, was the Manager at this theatre for a while. Although I have never been inside this theatre, I have been told that are the old-fashioned cathedrals around the ceiling just like in the Adam style of decor used in so many movie palaces!!!

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