Seneca Queen Theater

464 Queen Street,
Niagara Falls, ON L2E

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Mutiny on the Bounty premier

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The Seneca Theater opened about 1945 with a seating capacity for 911. It was twinned about 1979, and closed around 1995. Owned originally by Famous Players and in about 1975 Canadian Theatres took over. In 1978 Canadian Odeon had a go and in 1984 Cineplex Odeon owned the Seneca Cinemas.

Seating from 1979-1995: Cinema 1 569 seats, Cinema 2 211 seats for a total of 780 seats. Since the summer of 2009 it has been in use as a live theater.

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northernlights
northernlights on January 1, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Thank you ken mc for the pictures!!

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 24, 2011 at 11:01 am

This theatre reopened as the Seneca Queen Theatre with live productions in 2009, but closed down again in 2010.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 30, 2012 at 9:36 pm

The Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada lists the Seneca Theatre in Niagara Falls as a 1940 project designed by architect Jay English.

TivFan
TivFan on October 24, 2012 at 10:22 pm

The Seneca Theatre has been used a nightclub, for many years.

TivFan
TivFan on November 6, 2012 at 12:37 am

The theatre is now officially named the Seneca Queen Theatre. It is the home of the Lyndesfarne Theatre Company. It has been presenting live theatre since mid-2012, and has a current season of productions scheduled to early 2013. Do a google search for the Lydesfarne and see matches for newspaper articles and their web site.

TivFan
TivFan on November 6, 2012 at 12:55 am

The theatre location on the google street map is wrong. It locates the theatre at Queen and St. Clair Streets. The correct location is at Queen and St. Lawrence Streets. The Seneca can be seen on the google satellite shot: it is the second building from the corner of Lawrence St., with the white roof. The front and the rear of the building can be seen on the google street view. The address is 4624 Queen Street. The box office phone number is 905-356-2300 (web site info).

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on November 6, 2012 at 10:33 am

This was a purpose built Famous Players Theatre. On all of their old theatres there would have been a maple leaf in green neon and somewhere the words “A Famous Players Theatre”! I see neither in the photographs. The old-time manager of this theatre was a gentleman named Jack Ward.

TivFan
TivFan on November 7, 2012 at 1:06 am

Yo, Dave. The Tivoli in Hamilton had a great neon maple leaf logo. It was removed in the early l980’s and replaced with an “EVE” sign, when the Tivoli started showing “adult” films. There is also a leaf shaped sign on the Lincoln in St. Catharines, but this is probably a later back-lit style. On the two link photos of the Seneca, there is a sign on the lower front of the box office stating “A Famous Players Theatre” and the FP/leaf logo.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on February 10, 2013 at 6:16 pm

In 1952 when Famous Players Canadian Corporation had it’s annual convention in Niagara Falls and screenings of course at the Seneca, the famed movie producer Mr. Cecil B DeMille was in attendance of course Mr. DeMille was a Paramount Pictures stalwart and Famous Players being 100% owned by Paramount. By this time Mr. DeMille required a rocking chair to sit in and this was provided for him!!

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