Victoria Theatre

86 Victoria Street,
Toronto, ON M5C 2A5

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Previously operated by: Famous Players

Architects: Leon H. Lempert, Jr.

Styles: Beaux-Arts

Previous Names: Shea's Victoria Theatre

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Victoria Theatre

When it opened on August 1, 1910, Shea’s Victoria Theatre was Canada’s largest theatre for vaudeville. It closed sometime in the 1920’s, outclassed by Shea’s larger and more opulent Hippodrome Theatre which opened in 1914. It saw only sporadic use until the late-1940s when Famous Players acquired and remodeled it. It closed in 1956.

A modern suite hotel occupies the site today.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

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CSWalczak on February 1, 2010 at 2:29 pm

There is an old postcard picture of Shea’s Victoria on this blog site (scroll down slightly to see it): View link

CSWalczak on May 22, 2012 at 3:15 am

A picture of the Victoria in 1955 is here.

CSWalczak on August 6, 2012 at 11:48 pm

The Victoria can be partially seen at the left in this photo from 1956 of the Tivoli, probably closed and awaiting demolition. About ten years later, the Tivoli would also be gone.

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