Bayview Playhouse

1605 Bayview Avenue,
Toronto, ON M4G

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Previously operated by: Twentieth Century Theaters

Functions: Drugstore

Previous Names: Bayview Theatre

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Bayview Playhouse

The Bayview Theatre opened in 1936 and closed as a movie theatre in 1961.

From 1989 and into the 1990’s, it functioned as the Bayview Playhouse, a venue for live theatre. After that it became a food store and by 2022 it has become a drugstore.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

qwo06 on July 11, 2008 at 8:39 pm

The theatre was owned by Nathan Taylor and Famous Players.

CSWalczak on July 12, 2008 at 4:27 pm

The article on the Hollywood Canada website (see above) suggests that the theatre did not become the Bayview Playhouse until they took the building over and renovated it. Actually, it began operating as the Bayview Playhouse not long after its closing as a movie house and several productions were staged there well prior to 1989, including a notable production of “Godspell” around 1973 that starred the then little- known actors Victor Garber, Gilda Radner, Martin Short, Andrea Martin, and Eugene Levy.

Crates on September 6, 2013 at 4:03 am

605 Bayview Avenur was address when the theatre opened in 1936 but it closed as 1605 Bayview because the city added 1000 to all the numbers when the Bayview Extension opened. It was a 20th Century Fox theatre in the late 50’s and the Saturday afternoon double feature matinee used to be 15 cents

DavidDymond on September 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm

The Bayview was operated by Twentieth Century Theatres which are NOT part of the FOX empire. Twentieth Century Theatres were operating partners of Famous Players Canadian Corporation, the company that controlled almost all important theatres in Canada!!

robboehm on July 14, 2015 at 11:03 am

Uploaded a picture of the Bayview in the day.

DavidZornig on April 22, 2019 at 8:58 pm

Full chronological history with photos in below link.

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