Paradise Theatre

1006 Bloor Street W,
Toronto, ON M6H 1M2

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DavidZornig on April 23, 2019 at 3:18 am

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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 3, 2018 at 10:41 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 3, 2018 at 10:18 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.”

Buffer on June 9, 2018 at 7:42 pm

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.

DavidDymond on May 22, 2013 at 11:26 pm

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

gordonmcleod on May 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm

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

english4bw on January 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm

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

socal09 on June 12, 2011 at 9:45 am

New photos added, taken April 2003.

socal09 on June 9, 2011 at 7:21 am

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.

TLSLOEWS on February 25, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Just another day in Paradise.

Azzaelea on August 20, 2009 at 11:01 pm

The Friends of the Paradise Official site—>

igoudge on July 8, 2009 at 8:39 pm

I would love to see someone actually save and restore this theatre, it is the last one of the fest chain waiting to be rented/purchased and or restored to its former glory.

CSWalczak on April 13, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Another photo, probably before the graffiti:
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PaigeL on June 24, 2008 at 3:00 am

I got another # off the sign (this past winter). Don’t know if it works or is current: 416-340-8900
I don’t pass by that often but if I ever do again and see a new # I promise to post it right away! ;)

PaigeL on November 25, 2007 at 10:23 pm

I got this number off the sign last spring, don’t know if it still works but the lease # was 416-762-5760,
Good luck!

wesside on November 1, 2007 at 8:53 pm

I know that, but there is no way to contact the owner…no phone number, mailing address, not even the local business owners know the number.

wesside on October 26, 2007 at 8:42 pm

Does anyone know the phone # to find out about the lease? I’ve called everywhere and no one knows the number! Please contact me via my email and let me know if you know!


PaigeL on September 8, 2007 at 9:46 pm

Thanks for the idea Electro! If you’re my only customer your ticket price might have to be $1 million! ;)

Electro on September 8, 2007 at 8:59 pm

@Theme Queen: Contact the people at They may be able to put you in touch with the right people. I live just a few blocks away from the Paradise and I’d love to see it operating again. One customer right here!

PaigeL on September 8, 2007 at 7:53 pm

I went by there yesterday but the number wasn’t there, it was there in the spring, do you know what the rent was for the Kingsway?

richardg on September 8, 2007 at 1:37 am

I don’t know the number but it’s or at least was on the marquee so it might be worth a trip there. I’ll probably pass by within a month or two and post the number on this site. You’d definitely stand a much better chance of success with the Kingsway but the rent would have to be lowered considerably before anyone besides the owner would make money.

PaigeL on September 7, 2007 at 8:57 pm

Does anyone know the phone # to call to inquire about leasing the theatre?

Electro on August 7, 2007 at 3:00 pm

Unfortunately, this theatre has been closed since July 2006 when the Festival chain shut down.

richardg on January 20, 2007 at 7:22 pm

Yep, it’s the correct photo.

richardg on February 8, 2004 at 10:09 pm

The Festival theatre chain has run the Paradise for a number of years but closed it briefly a few years back. Low attendance caused them not to renew their lease on the theatre and it remained closed for a few months. Shortly after this decision someone out bid them on their lease renewal of their flagship theatre, The Bloor Cinema. Festival then reopened the Paradise. The Paradise is my favorite of their 7 theatres because it’s never crowded and the balcony is always open. Usually there’s never more than six people in the balcony. This is actually a good thing because the pitch of the balcony is very gentle. If anyone sits in front of you, you.ll need to move four rows back to get a clear view. Festival has done a nice job in restoring the marquee. Wide seating has been installed in about two thirds of the main floor so seating is down to about 470. Prior to the Festival chain running the theatre and in its adult cinema days, it was called Eve’s Paradise. The address of the Paradise is 1006 Bloor St. west. I have photos once the system is working again.