456 University Avenue,
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The Varsity Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres
Firms: Reid Brothers
Styles: Mission Revival
Previous Names: Fox Varsity Theatre
News About This Theater
- Aug 13, 2011 — Could Varsity rise again as a theater?
The Varsity Theatre opened in 1927, replacing an earlier 1912 Varsity Theatre, which had been located further along University Avenue on the opposite side of the street of the current theatre.
After fifty years of showing first run movies, the Varsity Theatre switched to art house fare in 1987 and, sadly, closed in 1994.
A preservation effort was launched to save the historic theatre, but unfortunately it did not succeed.
After the sale, the theatre was converted into a retail outlet for the Borders booksellers chain. Due to its historical status, the theatre was left somewhat intact and could perhaps be reopened one day as a theatre. In March 2015 it was converted into a coffee house.
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