Grand Theatre

28 Elgin Street,
Sudbury, ON P3E

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Grand Theatre

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Located on Elgin Street in Sudbury’s downtown, the Grand Theatre was operating prior to 1941, and shut down sometime in the 1990’s.

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mortonbg
mortonbg on March 21, 2008 at 8:33 am

I have been doing some research on this theatre.

First off its address is 28 Elgin Street, Sudbury. It is still there although vacant and under threat.

The Theatre that was recently a bingo hall was the Capitol Theatre, it was demolished in 2006.

The Grand Theatre was built in 1908 at the rear of the Balmoral Hotel on Elm Street. Pictures of this can be seen at Sudbury Library website if you search the catalog. Also at the Ont Archives here.
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It was run as part of the Grand circuit owned by Ambrose Small, who disappeared in 1919 without a trace. Small also ran/leased theatres in London, Toronto, Hamilton, Peterborough and Guelph.

It was renovated after ww2 and became the Empire Theatre.
In the 1990’s it was renovated again and became a nightclub/dance hall until closing last year.

The building is currently up for sale. An article about this is here.
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The nightclubs website is still up there are recent interior pictures there
http://www.thegrandsudbury.ca/TheGrand/index.html

TivFan
TivFan on December 5, 2012 at 7:21 am

Does anybody know anything about the Regent Theatre on Elm Street? I have a postcard showing the Regent, but I couldn’t see any of the buildings shown on the Google street view of Elm Street. There is a building, on a corner, up from the Regent that is three storeys in height and has a large sign with the name Felix A. Ricard on it. There are two smaller words on either side of the name, but they are not readable. There is a school named after him, but I don’t know anything about him.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 5, 2012 at 7:26 am

I found a picture of it; I will add the theatre.

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