Ace Theater (I)

39 Queen Street W,
Toronto, ON M7A 0A7

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Previous Names: Photodrome

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Ace Theater (I)

The first of two cinemas in Toronto that ended their days as motion picture theaters named Ace Theater opened originally as the Photodrome in 1915, built by a Mr. Athole George Robertson. Its initial screen was made of plaster with a black border shading into browns on the theater’s interior sidewalls. It was known in its early years for showing films made in Toronto.

By 1941 it had been renovated and renamed the Ace Theater. It closed in 1945, and its vertical sign, consisting of the word ‘ACE’ with the letters in circles on top of each other, was placed on what had been the Iola Theater on Danforth.

The Simpson Tower now occupies the site.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

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CSWalczak on May 23, 2012 at 12:38 am

A picture of the first theatre in Toronto to be named Ace on Queen Street West from around 1941: View link

And here is a picture of the second Ace Theatre on Danforth sporting the vertical sign from the first Ace Theatre, from the Silent Toronto website in 1947: View link

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