Grand Theatre

218 Princess Street,
Kingston, ON K7L 1B2

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Previously operated by: Allen's Theaters Ltd., Famous Players

Functions: Concerts, Live Performances, Performing Arts

Previous Names: Kingston Grand Theatre, Grand Opera House

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 613.546.4465
Manager: 613.546.4465

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Grand Theatre

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 was screening movies by 1927 when it was operated by the Allen’s Theatres chain. It was refurbished and reopened as the Grand Theatre on May 20, 1938, 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.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 24, 2005 at 6:04 am

The City of Kingston’s web site displays plans for the future of the Grand Theatre.

kencmcintyre on March 10, 2009 at 9:36 pm

The theater is open and has a full schedule of performances.

JohnnyCool on January 11, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Wow…that is pretty ugly…..has to be said.

pnelson on September 5, 2015 at 11:27 pm

Yea it would make a great bank. Theatre? Better than torn down though. Glad it was saved.

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