Variety Theatre

382 Queen Street W,
Toronto, ON M5V 2A6

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Previous Names: Griffin's Auditorium Theatre, Avenue Theatre, Pickford Theatre

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Auditorium Theatre, 382 Queen Street, Toronto, Canada in 1910

The Griffin’s Auditorium Theatre was opened in 1906. It was located at Queen Street W at Spadina Avenue (northwest corner). It became the Avenue Theatre in 1913 and was renamed in 1915 for Mary Pickford, who, though widely known as "America’s Sweetheart," was born in Toronto. In 1945 it was renamed Variety Theatre. The theatre survived into at least the 1940’s. It was demolished and a MacDonald’s Restaurant now occupies the site.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

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kencmcintyre on June 6, 2008 at 8:48 am

The Pickford shows up on this list of 1940 theaters in Toronto:

CSWalczak on July 9, 2008 at 6:38 pm

Apparently this theatre had one final name change – to the Variety – in 1945. Status should be changed to “Demolished” as a McDonald’s restaurant occupies the site.

SilentToronto on January 10, 2011 at 7:52 pm

This theatre actually opened in 1906 as part of Griffin’s first four theatoriums. The building was demolished in 1972.

SilentToronto on January 22, 2011 at 11:40 am

A short history on Griffin’s Auditorium/Pickford Theatre at Silent Toronto.

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