Royal Cinema

608 College Street West,
Toronto, ON M6G 1C1

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Royal Cinema

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This restored theater was known as the Pylon when it opened in 1939 in Toronto’s Little Italy section.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 25, 2007 at 6:40 pm

Here is a more recent photo of the Royal Cinema.

Gerrit on May 1, 2008 at 8:58 am

Perhaps this is the Cinema I’m looking for, checked out the map to see if it would be withing walking distance from where I lived. would anyone know the history around 1970-1975 of this cinema. I see that some of the cinemas have behind them for instances “second run”. If I’m not mistaken this cinema was not only a second run type of movie house but also black and whites.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 14, 2008 at 6:50 pm

A July 2008 photo can be seen here.

Gerrit on August 14, 2008 at 11:22 pm

Thank you Lost for that pic.


Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 23, 2009 at 6:39 pm

The Royal has a website here which is currently down for maintenance. But there is a link there for a facebook site with the movie listings for the Royal.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 18, 2009 at 4:08 am

Did you get it right this time?

DavidDymond on February 10, 2013 at 6:10 pm

This theatre was built in 1939 by Mrs. Joshua Smith, a movie doyenne of Toronto, who was a Shakesperian actress, poet, film distributor and trade newspaper editor. This theatre was a partnership of B & F Theatres, an associated circuit of the Famous Players Canadian Corp. In the lobby of this theatre under carpet or whatever are footprints of some British movie stars that she was friends with!

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