Revue Cinema

400 Roncesvalles Avenue,
Toronto, ON M6R 2M9

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The Revue Cinema is Toronto’s oldest standing movie theater which is still in use for its original purpose of showing movies. The original seating capacity was 540, later reduced to 385.

In 2000, the theater was renovated and the theater’s original wooden seats, which dated back to 1912, were removed. The current seating capacity is 244.

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zephr
zephr on October 17, 2006 at 4:33 pm

Hello Lost Memory,

Do you have any information about the Revue theatre, hopefully not another grocery store. The theatre, i would say should be reopened before it is too late.

jlangdon
jlangdon on February 22, 2007 at 7:04 am

The most recent comment points to pictures of the Revue without its marquee. The marquee collapsed early Sunday morning. Bylaws have been changed since it was built in the 30s so we’ll not see it replaced identically, if at all.

What a shame.

jlangdon
jlangdon on March 7, 2007 at 10:12 am

There are more pictures of the collapse and clean up at the Torontoist blog.

Steve Munro, local transit advocate, reminisces about the Revue on his site.

KeithDenning
KeithDenning on June 15, 2007 at 1:38 pm

The historic Toronto west-end theatre, the Revue Cinema, closed at the end of June 2006. Over the past year, the hardworking community group, the Revue Film Society, has toiled to find a way to reopen the theatre. Finally, this week, we announced our success.

The Revue has been purchased by local couple Danny and Letty Mullin, who have agreed to lease the building to the Revue Film Society. The RFS, in turn, will operate the cinema. The Revue is expected to be open by the end of summer 2007.

For more information, please visit www.revuecinema.ca

richardg
richardg on June 15, 2007 at 4:08 pm

Glad to here the news — I miss all the Festival theatres. I’d be interested in hearing from others in the Toronto area who might be interested forming a consortium to lease and reopen the Kingway or Paradise. Email me at

AlexL
AlexL on October 18, 2007 at 7:43 am

The cinema re-opened on October 4, 2007 and is running nightly now. Their first film was “Some Like It Hot”, chosen by online poll.

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on March 30, 2008 at 5:29 am

Article from today’s Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/News/Ideas/article/407184
discusses the kind of marquee that should be returned to the Revue.

MAKE IT VINTAGE, FOLKS! And for heaven’s sake resist the urge to make it some LED driven flashing signboard – let’s see a vintage marquee reproduction befitting a 1911 survivor!

rbeder
rbeder on March 30, 2008 at 12:05 pm

I just finished reading the article on the Revue Theatre in today’s Toronto Star [30 Mar.2008]. This prompted me to seek out and find this website.
My grandfather, Jacob Smith, owned and operated the Revue along with several other neighbourhood theatres [ The Kum-C, The Pix, & The Odeon Parkdale ]in the 1930s, 1940s, and early 1950s.
I might be able to help shed a little more light on it’s history, and I certainly have an interest in learning more about the present status.
Robert Beder []

socal09
socal09 on June 12, 2011 at 1:29 am

New photos added, taken April 2003.

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