Kingsway Theatre

3030 Bloor Street West,
Toronto, ON M8X 1C4

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Kingsway Theatre Exterior

The Kingsway Theatre opened in 1939 with a seating capacity for 700. It was closed in 2006. After renovations were carried out, the Kingsway Theatre reopened on January 2, 2009, with “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” and “Rachel Getting Married”.

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PeterD on July 23, 2009 at 3:43 am

The Kingsway was my first-ever job as a projectionist. I worked there “on permit” from 1980 until 83, then after officially becoming a member of Local 173 I offically owned the job until I moved to the Showcase (ex-New Yorker) in 86. Wonderful booth. Stuff that lifelong memories are made of. It was running purely repertory at the time (two different films a night), running 2000 foot reels on Super Simplex heads and Peerless Magnarc Type G lamphouses. The optical stereo sound was home-brewed by the general manager from a Quadraphonic-QS decoder!

When I started off the booth ran with an insanely-loud Motor-Generator for arc power, but was later converted to rectifiers. The Super Simplex heads went out in favor of Century C’s and thanks to a resourceful sound technician, we put Motiograph 35mm Magnetic soundheads in, which I think I ran about 3 or 4 times. I later worked there in the mid-90s after the Showcase closed and I was a relief operator. This is where I saw many of the best movies ever made. There was a real gem in this theatre. A small 20 seat auditorium upstairs that ran 16mm movies, completely separate from the main Kingsway. I forgot what it was called at the time (the Festival?) or the name of the kindly older gentleman who ran it.

Lots of good memories int aht theatre, though. Glad to see it’s no longer dark.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on October 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm

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DavidDymond on February 4, 2013 at 12:21 am

The Kingsway was an operation of Twenthieth Century Theatres (Twinex) who were partners of Famous Players Canadian Corp. Nice to see that it is operating again. Located in the West end of Toronto in what used to be a better class of area!!

telliott on February 24, 2013 at 12:46 am

Anyone know WHERE the second screen is for this theatre? They don’t mention a thing about it on their web site, but obviously with twice as many films playing there now, and overlapping start times they have more than one screen. Years ago, there was a small “screening room” on the upper level with a separate entrance, wondering if that is open again. You would think that something would be said on their web site about two screens.

DavidDymond on February 24, 2013 at 1:19 am

This theatre was twinned by splitting the theatre down the middle with a wall!! The old screening room hasn’t been used for years — but in 1976 I saw a movie there!

kingswaytheatre on February 24, 2013 at 1:53 am

No there is no wall down the middle of the theatre. The main auditorium is intact – as it was in 1939. The second floor screening room was reopened – used to be known as the Nostalgia Cinema – it now once again plays films. 30 theatre seats(same seats as the main theatre) with film and digital projection and full Digital Dolby sound.

telliott on February 24, 2013 at 3:50 pm

You would think something would be mentioned on the web site of having a second screen now open.

kingswaytheatre on February 24, 2013 at 7:36 pm

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truenorthstrongnfree on May 2, 2016 at 3:56 am

Visited the Kingsway tonight for the first time in years for a showing of Purple Rain. Since the last time I visited, they are now licensed to serve alcohol, and have a small cafĂ© out front in the lobby area. Seating is very comfortable, and there are four armchairs at the rear of the main auditorium. Show up early for the “VIP” area.

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