University Theatre

100 Bloor Street W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1M4

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Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on June 28, 2007 at 6:04 am

Of the above list of films that screened at the University, all were presented in 70mm with the exception of: Hawaii, Thoroughly Modern Millie and, oddly enough, Patton.

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on June 17, 2007 at 7:56 am

The University was also Toronto’s only cinema equipped to project 3-strip Cinerama films on a genuine, louvered Cinerama screen curved in a 146 degree arc.

telliott on June 20, 2005 at 10:28 am

This was one of Toronto’s premier Roadshow/Reserved seat houses in the 50’s and 60’s. Among the big films that played here were
King of Kings
Mutiny on the Bounty
Fall of the Roman Empire
My Fair Lady
Agony and the Ecstasy
Doctor Zhivago
Thouroughly Modern Millie
Sweet Charity
Paint Your Wagon
After roadshows went out of style, the University continued to present big releases in 70MM right up to it’s closing in 1986. A great loss to the movie going public of Toronto.

William on December 16, 2003 at 3:37 pm

Unquestionably one of the most distinctive theatres erected since the war, The University was opened March 25th, 1949, in one of Toronto’s most elite shopping districts. The architect of the University Theatre was Eric W. Hounsom, A.G. Facey, Associate.
Passersby were immediately attracted by the striking serpentine curved front, which serves as a setting for the giant picture window rising three stories in height. Framed by black granite and silhouetted by neon set in a recess, the window has two “scalloped” marquees on either side in place of the continuous type. The exterior of the building is faced with Indiana limestone, and blocks of verde antique marble are set in below the marquees. All the metal trim is of stainless steel. An electric sign over the entrance rises to a height of 60 feet. Plate glass doors lead into the lobby, which along with the other circulating areas, has been tastefully decorated and furnished in a luxurious manner. The interior west wall adjacent to the picture window has been covered by a huge mirror to create the illusion of a semicircular well by reflection. The color scheme when it opened was throughout the house is red, French gray and beige.

edward on October 11, 2003 at 5:47 pm

In a strange bit of restoration, the remaining crumbling facade (a designated historic landmark) was pulled down and re-built in the same spot . It now fronts a huge Pottery Barn shop attached to other new retail development. Nice to see this facade restored but unfortunate that the theatre is gone. It was much loved by the public as THE place to see a big film for many years. Beautiful photos of the theatre’s stunning interiors can be viewed at:

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With the nearby Uptown also slated for demolition and the Eglinton already gone, Toronto is left without a notable first run single screen venue.

dgordon on July 10, 2002 at 9:28 am

I have never been a real fan of indoor theatres, but the University was the exception. It featured a huge screen that I remember seeing “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on, and blew me away. This theatre was the pinnacle of showmanship, unlike the chintzy multiplex big box theatres of today. When you saw a movie at the University, it was an experience, not like just watching TV, like in the new theatres.