Uptown Theatre

55 Dunlop Street West,
Barrie, ON L4N 1A3

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Uptown Theatre

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The last functioning movie theatre in downtown Barrie. Recently known as the Barrie Imperial Cinema 8, it closed in 2009 and later reopened as the Uptown Theatre.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 18, 2017 at 12:44 pm

The building occupied by the Uptown Theatre was once the home of a Chrysler-Plymouth dealership, as seen in this undated photo from the Barrie Historical Archive.

I’ve been unable to discover when the building was first converted for use as a cinema, but the portion that is now the Uptown was reopened as a three-screen house in late 2009, according to this article from December 3 that year (Stinson Theatres had closed the 8-screen complex in February, 2009.) The original Imperial Theatre, opened in 1937 at 43 Dunlop Street, which had operated as screens 1 and 2 of Stinson’s Imperial 8 Cinema, was slated to be converted into an event center called the Grand Theatre. The other three auditoriums in the 8-screen complex were to be converted to retail space.

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