320 Victoria Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Odeon Theatres (Canada) Ltd.
Architects: Jay I. English
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Odeon Thunder Bay
One of the “final five” theatres of Thunder Bay before the Famous Players Silver City opened around 1999, dooming them all. This one was built and operated by the British owned Rank Organisation, through their subsidiary Odeon Theatres Canada.
The Odeon opened on November 5, 1948 with “Blanche Fury” starring Valerie Hobson & Stewart Granger. The opening was one day after the Odeon Port Arthur, Thunder Bay opened. Around 1965, it was re-named Victoria Theatre and was twinned with seating for 403 & 386.
This theatre had the dubious distinction of being located across from the city’s homeless shelter. After it closed, it was reopened as an all-ages rave club called the Oasis. It currently houses a pawn shop in auditorium one, while auditorium two, the large one with the balcony, as well as the lobby, is vacant.
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