Odeon Theatre

1473 Queen Street West,
Toronto, ON M6R 1A6

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Previous Names: Regal Theatre

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Odeon Theatre

Opened as the Odeon Theater in 1931 and closed in 1980 as the Regal Theatre. It was never a part of the Odeon (Canada) circuit of theaters. It opened well prior to to the formation of that circuit.

A supermarket, with apartments above, now stands on the site.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

telliott on April 6, 2009 at 8:39 am

Ok, for the reccord….the picture is of the Odeon Lakeshore in New Toronto…it was formerly known as the Biltmore New Toronto until December of 1963 when Odeon bought 3 former Biltmore theatres…the Savoy downtown became the Odeon Coronet…the Biltmore Weston, became the Odeon Weston and the Biltmore New Toronto became the Odeon Lakeshore because of it’s location on Lakeshore Blvd. I went there several times and it closed with the name of Odeon Lakeshore. It is now offices. I’ve lived in Toronto my whole life as CWalczak says and remember many of these theatres very well. There was an Odeon theatre on Queen St W in the Parkdale area of Toronto but that was part of the 20th Century theatre chain.

CSWalczak on April 6, 2009 at 9:51 pm

Tim, I am going to request that the moderators change the entry for this page to “Odeon Theater” and create a new page entry for the Odeon Lakeshore (aka Biltmore New Toronto) and that they move move Chuck 1231’s picture link to the new page.

telliott on April 8, 2009 at 9:45 am

Perfect. Now if they could only change the Odeon Danforth back to “single screen”.

CSWalczak on April 8, 2009 at 11:04 am

They have since corrected that as well.

scruffywilber on January 22, 2010 at 9:51 am

I beleive that this is the same photo that CWalczak posted on June 4 2008 and unfortunately the link no longer works.

A lot of the links to the “City of Toronto Archives” no longer work.


CSWalczak on January 22, 2010 at 10:00 am

Yes, thanks; that is the picture. The Toronto Archives has a new numbering system and I too have been updating links as I find broken ones. However, as I noted in the original comment, I do not think it is a picture of the Odeon that is the subject of this particular listing based on the address that can been seen, and that building looks far too small to have seated nearly 800 people.

lovebldgs on September 1, 2010 at 7:43 am

I research buildings and the Odeon Theatre in the City Archives photograph was 1558 Queen St. W. and first appeared in the Toronto City Directory in 1915 (so it was built in 1914). The building is still there and is now Harvest Fresh Farms grocery store.

SilentToronto on October 24, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Hey guys, here’s a photo of the Odeon located at 1473 Queen St. W when it was known as the Regal: http://wp.me/pYW3L-jO

CSWalczak on January 12, 2011 at 9:11 am

There is an interior photo of the Odeon’s interior on this webpage (scroll down to see it): View link

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