Biltmore Theatre

319 Yonge Street,
Toronto, ON M5B 1R4

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Previously operated by: Biltmore Theatres

Architects: S. Devore

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Undated photo courtesy of Tee Joe via the Vintage Toronto Facebook page.

The Biltmore Theatre, north of Dundas Street, was opened by the Biltmore theatres chain on April 15, 1948 and had 929 seats. It showed double and triple features (1948-1977). It was closed in 1986.

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Electro on August 7, 2007 at 6:50 am

Here’s a photo from 1977 (under the marquee) with another one of the same location in 2007:

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 7, 2007 at 7:41 am

“The Hurricane” is from 1937 and “Sundown” is from 1941, so maybe the date of the picture isn’t 1950?

Grainger on July 12, 2008 at 6:54 pm

Here it is in a postcard probably from the early 1970s

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SilentToronto on May 26, 2009 at 11:57 am

The latest article at 32 Elvis Movies takes a look back at some of the cinemas that lined the south end of Yonge St. in the 1970s.

CSWalczak on January 6, 2010 at 2:38 am

Here’s an updated link to the photo posted by ken mc on September 29, 2004: View link

rivest266 on March 4, 2014 at 4:35 pm

April 15th, 1948 grand opening ad in photo section.

DavidZornig on November 27, 2017 at 5:45 pm

1970’s photo added credit City Of Toronto Archives.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 20, 2022 at 11:53 pm

Originally operated by the Okun Bros. Biltmore Theatres chain, the Biltmore was one of two houses the Okuns operated on Yonge Street, the other being the Savoy. Multiple sources indicate that both theaters were designed by a Toronto architect named S. Devore. I’ve been unable to track down any more information on Devore, not even his first name, but it’s possible that he designed other houses for the chain around the same time.

Doug Taylor’s book Toronto’s Local Movie Theatres of Yesteryear says that the Biltmore ended its days as a grind house, finally closing in 1986.

m00se1111 on August 21, 2022 at 12:40 pm

The space that was the Biltmore is now part of the Dundas Square massive shopping complex, which includes the Cineplex of Yonge/Dundas, a Winners store, Dollarama, Jack Astors amongst others. Some stores are on street level as well, so the Lids seems to line up where the Biltmore entrance was

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