Paradise Theatre

1006 Bloor Street West,
Toronto, ON M6H 1M2

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DavidDymond
DavidDymond on May 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm

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

gordonmcleod
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

english4bw
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?

socal09
socal09 on June 12, 2011 at 1:45 am

New photos added, taken April 2003.

socal09
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.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Just another day in Paradise.

Azzaelea
Azzaelea on August 20, 2009 at 3:01 pm

The Friends of the Paradise Official site—> http://www.friendsoftheparadise.com/

igoudge
igoudge on July 8, 2009 at 12:39 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
CSWalczak on April 13, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Another photo, probably before the graffiti:
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PaigeL
PaigeL on June 23, 2008 at 7:00 pm

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
PaigeL on November 25, 2007 at 2:23 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
wesside on November 1, 2007 at 1:53 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
wesside on October 26, 2007 at 12:42 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!

Thanks

PaigeL
PaigeL on September 8, 2007 at 1:46 pm

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

Electro
Electro on September 8, 2007 at 12:59 pm

@Theme Queen: Contact the people at http://revuecinema.ca/ 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
PaigeL on September 8, 2007 at 11:53 am

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
richardg on September 7, 2007 at 5:37 pm

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
PaigeL on September 7, 2007 at 12:57 pm

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

Electro
Electro on August 7, 2007 at 7:00 am

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

richardg
richardg on January 20, 2007 at 11:22 am

Yep, it’s the correct photo.

richardg
richardg on February 8, 2004 at 2:09 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.