160 Rideau Street,
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Architects: Cecil Burgess
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Princess Theatre
Opened as the Princess Theatre in 1915, this cinema served Ottawa’s main department store street and the densely populated Byward Market area as a neighbourhood operation before expanding dramatically by building a new auditorium at the rear of the Princess Theatre, which then became the lobby. It reopened on November 22, 1931 to become a true flagship theatre for the 20th Century Theatres chain, under the name Rideau Theatre. The reopening movie was Walter Huston in “The Star Witness”.
It was renovated several times, keeping its upstairs pool hall until the end (when it became a video arcade). The theatre played a variety of first-run fare. Its interior was one of Ottawa’s nicest.
The Rideau Theatre survived until 1982.
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