Regent Theatre

44 King Street East,
Oshawa, ON L1H

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Located at King Street and Victoria Street, this beautiful theatre opened on October 16th, 1921 and originally seated 1,100 people. By the time Famous Players took it over the seating was reduced to 878.

It was once known as the “handsomest structure of its kind between Toronto and Montreal”.

Sadly, it stopped showing movies by October 1989 and was unused for several years until in 2000, the owner of the site petitioned the city to destroy the building. Instead, they declared a historical structure and created the Regent Theatre Renewal Project. There are plans to restore the Regent and use it as a performing arts centre.

Contributed by J.D. Lafrance

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mrchangeover on February 27, 2008 at 2:18 pm

I was in Oshawa yesterday and talked to some of the construction workers at the Regent site. They told me they are fixing up the front and the interior.
That’s great news. Its supposed to be ready by this fall.

mortonbg on February 29, 2008 at 8:09 pm

This theatre looks very similar to the Tivoli Theatre in Hamilton…

I wonder if it was the same architect?

mjacula on February 29, 2008 at 8:43 pm

As far as the local news coverage reported, it would be usable this fall but not fully completed until mid 2009. The new owner has plans to add apartments on the back end of the property where the parking lot is. The original restoration plans were to add meeting rooms and dressing rooms in that location.

I just hope he doesn’t cheap out and paint it the awful gaudy colour the Danforth interior is.. hopefully he follows some of the original design and paint colours.

mrchangeover on March 1, 2008 at 2:08 am

Brian wrote:
“This theatre looks very similar to the Tivoli Theatre in Hamilton…
I wonder if it was the same architect?”

Brian: The architect for the Regent Theatre in Oshawa was J. McNee.
I have not been able to track down the Tivoli architect on the net.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 23, 2008 at 8:01 pm

Here is some additional information. The deadline to open the Regent is December 31, 2008.

The Related Websites link above gives the opening year as 1919. Was it 1919 or 1921 as stated in the introduction?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 23, 2009 at 2:58 am

Both the Regent Theatre website and the Ontario Heritage site that I posted once before, give the opening date as October 16, 1919. Both mention the same architect, “The building was designed by J. McNee Jeffrey, a famous Canadian theatre designer”. Is the correct name J. McNee or J. McNee Jeffrey? Also, the Regent currently has 723 seats.

Azzaelea on August 21, 2009 at 1:17 am

Here are some pictures of the Regent during it’s restoration—>
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Azzaelea on August 21, 2009 at 1:20 am

Picture of Regent on HeritageOshawa’s website—>

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 24, 2009 at 1:23 am

This is a nice recent photo of the Regent.

Tinseltoes on July 30, 2012 at 6:46 pm

A 1971 arrival that’s apparently unlisted at this website: Boxoffice

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