Chang's Theatre

290 College Street,
Toronto, ON M5T 1R9

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Architects: Joseph Hunt Stanford

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Garden Theatre, Electra Theatre, Cinema Lumiere

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The Garden Theatre opened in 1911 and was later known as the Electra (or possibly Elektra) when it showed Greek films. After being closed for a few years, it reopened as the Cinema Lumiere, an art theatre, closing in 1978. It was later operated as Chang’s Theatre. It is now a computer store.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

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CSWalczak on October 31, 2010 at 11:25 am

Here is a picture of Chang’s Theatre:, and if you click on this link and then on “Street View” under “More” you can see the site as used as a computer store:

CSWalczak on January 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Here is a wbsite about the history of this theater including a picture of it as the Garden ( it actually had a roof garden at one time):

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 25, 2012 at 2:04 am

The June, 1989, issue of the Bulletin published by the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada has small versions of the photos of the Garden Theatre that CSWalczak linked to. The text says that the house was built in 1911, and was designed by architect J. Hunt Stanford.

A PDF of the Bulletin is available from this link. The issue is devoted to theaters, and has dozens of historic photos, but the PDF is quite large (almost 8MB.) The photos of the Garden Theatre are on page 48.

Texas2step on June 12, 2017 at 5:01 pm

I can believe that this one was built in 1911. I uploaded an ad for a Garden Theatre from 1914.

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