Elmdale Theatre

1196 Wellington Street,
Ottawa, ON K1Y

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Previously operated by: Odeon Theatres (Canada) Ltd.

Architects: Harold Solomon Kaplan, Abraham Sprachman

Firms: Kaplan & Sprachman

Functions: Church

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Elmdale Theatre

The Elmdale Theatre was opened by the Zumar Brothers on September 9, 1947 with Humphry Bogart in “To Have and Have Not” & Cary Grant in “Mr Lucky”. It had 894 seats. It was located midway between the Nola Theatre (to the West) and the Victoria Theatre (to the East, later re-named Towne Theatre). Purchased by Odeon Theatres (Canada) Ltd. after the closing of the Nola Theatre in 1948, it was renovated as a twin-screen cinema in 1981. In operation as a movie theatre until it closed in 1994. The building is currently home to the Church of God congregation.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 31, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Running 10 weeks strong is “ANNE OF A THOUSAND DAYS”. GP here in the States up there ADULTS ONLY.

Texas2step on November 13, 2016 at 3:15 pm

This one first opened to the general public on September 9, 1947.

DavidZornig on October 6, 2020 at 7:27 pm

September 29, 2020, Courtesy Lost Iowa: Inside Ottawa: Featuring pictures (added to gallery) of Ottawa’s old Elmdale Theatre, which closed in 1994 and became a church. Shared by Richard Vernon who writes: “Soon to be lost! The old Elmdale theatre built in 1947, is currently Cornerstone House of Refuge Church. It has been sold and the congregation will be leaving in two years from what I was told. I was there servicing their Hammond organ and the Pastor graciously allowed me to take some pictures of the place before I left. What’s amazing is the side scrim and seats are all original and in situ. Also, notice the camera window for the left theatre. As a side note, they split the theatre into two in 1981. I remember going here in the mid ‘70’s as a kid. Rest assured, the future owner will not be preserving the building. 🙁”

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