325 Rideau Street,
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ByTowne Cinema (Official)
Previously operated by: Famous Players
Firms: Kaplan & Sprachman
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Nelson Theatre
News About This Theater
The 940 seat Nelson Theatre opened on February 10, 1947 with Patricia Roc in “Johnny Frenchman”. The Nelson Theatre had a successful forty year run, and the theatre closed in 1987.
It was taken over by the independent operators who had operated the Towne Cinema after its lease had expire. It was renovated and reopened in June 1989 as the ByTowne Cinema with a reduced seating capacity of 770.
The ByTowne Cinema became Ottawa’s premier venue for first run art, independent, and foreign films. It was closed on December 31, 2020. It was reopened on October 10, 2021.
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