Bloordale Theatre, later State – Once in West Bend

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Originally Bloordale Theatre, later the State, was once located at 1606 Bloor St W (between Dorval Rd and Indian Rd, east of Keele St) in the West Bend neighbourhood of Toronto.

Built in the mid-1930s, architects Kaplan & Sprachman designed the theatre in the Art Deco style. In the late 1940s, it was renamed State Theatre and remained open into the late 1960s.

Today the building, which has the address 1610 Bloor St W, is home to retail stores.

Bloordale/State Theatre Photos

1935 - Bloordale Theatre, later the State, was once located at 1606 Bloor St W. On the marquee, “The Firebird,” starring Ricardo Cortez and “Big Hearted Herbert,” starring Guy Kibbee, were playing
1935 – Bloordale Theatre, later the State, was once located at 1606 Bloor St W. On the marquee, “The Firebird,” starring Ricardo Cortez and “Big Hearted Herbert,” starring Guy Kibbee, were playing (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1488, Series 1230, Item 1103)
1935 - Bloordale Theatre was once located at 1606 Bloor St W, east of Keele St
1935 – Bloordale Theatre was once located at 1606 Bloor St W, east of Keele St (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1488, Series 1230, Item 1103)
Date unknown – The auditorium at the Bloordale Theatre, later the State
Date unknown – The auditorium at the Bloordale Theatre, later the State (photo taken at City of Toronto Archives)
1936 - The Toronto City Directory showing the address and phone number of the Bloordale Theatre
1936 – The Toronto City Directory showing the address and phone number of the Bloordale Theatre (Toronto Public Library)
1951 - State Theatre, originally Bloordale, was once located at 1606 Bloor St W. On the marquee, “The Golden Stallion (1949),” starring Roy Rogers, Trigger and Dale Evans and “Borderline (1950),” starring Fred MacMurray and Claire Trevor, were playing
1951 – State Theatre, originally Bloordale, was once located at 1606 Bloor St W. On the marquee, “The Golden Stallion (1949),” starring Roy Rogers, Trigger and Dale Evans and “Borderline (1950),” starring Fred MacMurray and Claire Trevor, were playing (Archives of Ontario RG56-11)
1949 - The Toronto City Directory showing the address and phone number of the State Theatre
1949 – The Toronto City Directory showing the address and phone number of the State Theatre (Toronto Public Library)
2021 – The former Bloordale Theatre at 1610 Bloor St W is today home to retail stores. Architects Kaplan & Sprachman designed the building in the Art Deco style
2021 – The former Bloordale Theatre at 1610 Bloor St W is today home to retail stores. Architects Kaplan & Sprachman designed the building in the Art Deco style
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