218 Princess Street,
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Grand Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: Famous Players
Previous Names: Kingston Grand Theatre, Grand Opera House
Built in 1902 on the site of the 1879 Martin’s Opera House, which had burned to the ground in 1898, The Grand Opera House remained a venue for live performances until May 20, 1938, when it became a cinema operated by the Famous Players motion picture chain. The opening movie was Burns & Allen in “College Swing”. It continued as such until 1961, when it was purchased by a syndicate which stripped the theatre’s interior in preparation for demolishing the building to provide a site for a parking lot.
However, the citizens of Kingston protested, and the city purchased the theatre in 1962. Money was raised for renovation, and the Grand Theatre reopened in 1966. Since then it has undergone several renovations, the most recent of which was completed in late-2006.
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