Waterloo Theatre

24 King Street North,
Waterloo, ON N2J 2W7

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Previously operated by: Cineplex Odeon

Architects: Herbert George Duerr

Functions: Nightclub

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Star Theatre, Waterloo Stage

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Built in 1937 and opened as the 650-seat Star Theatre. By 1943 it had been renamed Waterloo Theatre, the only movie theatre in town. In recent years it became the Waterloo Stage, presenting stage shows. By 2014 it had become a nightclub.

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Ken on October 13, 2004 at 8:18 am

The Waterloo Theatre opened March 12, 1937 and closed January 30, 1997. At the time of its closing it was owned by Cineplex Odeon Theatres and it was the only remaining first-run movie house in the city. The final film shown was “The People vs. Larry Flynt.”

It was reborn as the Waterloo Stage Theatre in February 1997. The cinema once housed over 500 patrons but there are now just 262 seats, most of which were removed for a stage extension and lounge area.

I saw three films here that I can remember – The Untouchables, The Player and Dances With Wolves. The theatre had a nice Art Deco feel to it. The lobby was small and cramped as the outside doors opened directly on to the ticket booth and concession area.

A brief history of the theatre and a picture can be found here:

The theatre’s contact information is:
24 King Street North
Waterloo, Ontario
N2J 2W7

angelashea on June 8, 2007 at 11:46 am

The Waterloo Stage Theatre is under new management.
It is starting it’s second season as the Waterloo Entertainment Centre with performances by Kimberly Barber, Rod Beattie, Rob Szabo, Suzie LeBlanc, the Theatre Athena group and much more.

More information and show details can be found at www.waterlooentertainmentcentre.com

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 8, 2007 at 12:06 pm

In the 1943 edition of Film Daily Yearbook this is listed as the Waterloo Theatre with a seating capacity of 638.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 6, 2012 at 12:55 am

The page for architect Herbert George Duerr at the Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada lists an unnamed theater of his design built for for William Dineen, located on King Street North in Waterloo. Designed in 1936 and opened in 1937, this project must have been the Star Theatre/Waterloo Stage.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on November 18, 2014 at 7:02 am

This has closed down and become a nightclub.

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