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Opened in 1915, the Regent Theatre was taken over by the Allen Theatres chain on May 20, 1918. It became one of downtown Ottawa’s favourite theatres by playing the most popular films on a first-run basis in addition to all the Disney movies for kids. It was used as Famous Players' Canadian flagship theatre throughout the 1920’s: movies would open at Ottawa’s Regent Theatre before opening anywhere else in the country.
It had the steepest balcony in Canada, a tiny lobby with a wooden vending machine, and a three-sided marquee that wrapped around and above the entrance doors at the corner of Bank and Sparks Streets.
In 1972 the Regent Theatre was closed and was torn down to accommodate the expansion of the Bank of Canada. Its last movie was “Lady and the Tramp”.
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