Classic Theatre

1300 Gerrard Street East,
Toronto, ON M4L 1Y7

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One of the oldest theaters in Toronto, the Classic Theatre opened in 1913. On January 26, 1920, it was taken over by the Allen Theatres chain and renamed Allen Theatre.

It is now a discount store. The theater is fully intact, and still retains its original dirt floor.

Given its current condition, the theater is probably not a candidate for any kind of renovation or restoration.

Contributed by Jason R

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on July 9, 2008 at 4:02 pm

No, it is the a theatre by the same name in Owen Sound, many miles to the north near the base of the Bruce Penninsula.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on July 9, 2008 at 4:10 pm

Various Toronto online directories indicate that there is a cafe/performance space or a hair salon at this address.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on April 12, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Here’s a picture of the building that once housed the Classic Theater:
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bobhadden
bobhadden on April 10, 2012 at 5:30 am

I renovated the buiding starting in 1997. As you can see from the picture, It now is the Home of the Centre of Gravity Circus & Side Show Coffee house. It does function as a theatre of sorts. The floor was, and is, sloped concrete with a 10 by 20 ft stage at the end. It functioned till 1957, as the Classic Theatre.It is now alive & well.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 15, 2012 at 9:28 am

The Allen became the Tivoli in 1923.

telliott
telliott on August 15, 2012 at 10:17 am

The Allen that became the Tivoli was downtown at Richmond and Victoria streets. This is not that Allen. This is in the east end on Gerrard St.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 15, 2012 at 10:31 am

I was referring to the picture of the"New Allen" in in the article posted by Tinseltoes; the picture in the article is definitely the Tivoli.

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