Paradise Theatre

1006 Bloor Street W,
Toronto, ON M6H 1M2

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Paradise Theatre

A conversion of the earlier Kitchener Theatre of 1909 vintage. The Paradise Theatre was opened in 1937. the Paradise Theatre is a rather unremarkable theatre which was used as an adult movie house in the 1980’s. The theatre had small balcony, which was still intact when the Paradise Theatre closed in July 2006. In 2018 it is undergoing a renovation and is due to reopen later in 2019 as a multi-use venue which will include movies.

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TLSLOEWS on February 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Just another day in Paradise.

socal09 on June 8, 2011 at 11:21 pm

This theatre was used for two scenes in the 2004 feature film ‘Home at the End of the World’ with Colin Farell. The theatre has a balcony and the decor is quite plain inside. It has a small lobby area with a concession counter. I only saw one movie here and the sound wasn’t good. Hopefully someone will reopen it someday. It’s a nice neighborhood theatre worth preserving.

socal09 on June 12, 2011 at 1:45 am

New photos added, taken April 2003.

english4bw on January 24, 2012 at 11:37 am

Quick question – is the stage under the curtain in this theatre still operational? ie; would it work for musical performances/church services?

gordonmcleod on May 22, 2013 at 8:32 am

The stage infront of the curtain is a small plywood structure the original stage and procenium is located about 10feet behind the screen with a very narrow procenium arch giving a very small 137:1 picture Festival moved the screen forward to allow it to be wider The theatre never had any accoustic treatment and when we were installing the sound for festival we measured reverb time that was gigantic we used to joke the sound from the first show was bouncing around the room well after the movie was over

DavidDymond on May 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm

This theatre was built and owned for many years by the Giacomini family.

Buffer on June 9, 2018 at 11:42 am

Apparently the cinema was bought by vintner Moray Tawse and is slowly being made ready fir re-opening, maybe at the end of this year Source: Facebook.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 3, 2018 at 2:18 pm

If the name Paradise Theatre appears only in 1944, this house must have operated under a different name earlier. This real estate listing (the property has sold, so the listing is likely to vanish soon) says that it was built in 1937, and was designed by architect Benjamin Brown.

The project was noted in the July 3, 1937 issue of The Film Daily:

“$40,000 House for Toronto

“Toronto, Ont. — A new $40,000 Theater and stores are to be erected at 1006 Bloor St. W. United Bricklaying Co., Ltd., of 276 Palmerston Ave., are general contractors.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 3, 2018 at 2:41 pm

Even more information appears: This weblog post by Doug Taylor says that the house did open as the Paradise in 1937, but the structure as designed by Benjamin Brown included remains of a gutted earlier building that had housed the Kitchener Theatre, opened as a movie house in 1909.

This post from blogTO says that the Paradise, now under renovation, is slated to reopen later this year as an upscale multi-use event facility, with movies as part of the mix.

DavidZornig on April 22, 2019 at 7:18 pm

Scheduled to reopen in 2019 as “A state-of-the-art venue presenting a curated mix of newly released films, older classics and undiscovered gems, as well as live music, talk series and multi-arts events.” Updated full history from 1910-2019 under “Read More” in below link. Including built as “one-storey brick theatorium" Bloor Palace in 1910, renamed The Kitchener in 1918.

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