Circle Theatre – Once in Lawrence Park South

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Circle Theatre was once located at 2567 Yonge St (between Sherwood Ave and Sheldrake Blvd on the east side) in Toronto’s Lawrence Park South neighbourhood.

Built in 1933, architect Eric Hounsom, while working for the architectural firm Kaplan & Sprachman, designed the theatre in the Art Deco style. Mr Hounsom was also the architect of the University Theatre on Bloor St W.

Circle Theatre opened its doors in 1933. When the theatre closed in the late 1950s, the building became home to Homestead Plumbing Warehouse. The building was torn down, and today, there is an apartment building on the site.

Circle Theatre Photos

1945 - Circle Theatre was once located at 2567 Yonge St. On the marquee, “Kiss and Tell,” starring then 17-year-old Shirley Temple and “Star in the Night,” starring J Carrol Naish, an Academy Award for Best Short Subject at the 18th Academy Awards, were playing
1945 – Circle Theatre was once located at 2567 Yonge St. On the marquee, “Kiss and Tell,” starring then 17-year-old Shirley Temple and “Star in the Night,” starring J Carrol Naish, an Academy Award for Best Short Subject at the 18th Academy Awards, were playing (Archives of Ontario I0012585)
1981 - Homestead Plumbing Warehouse, originally Circle Theatre, was once located at 2567 Yonge St
1981 – Homestead Plumbing Warehouse, originally Circle Theatre, was once located at 2567 Yonge St (Toronto Public Library LOCHIST-ND-067)
1945 – The auditorium and screen at the Circle Theatre
1945 – The auditorium and screen at the Circle Theatre (Archives of Ontario I0012586)
1945 – Looking towards the back of the auditorium at the Circle Theatre
1945 – Looking towards the back of the auditorium at the Circle Theatre (photo taken at City of Toronto Archives, Series 881, File 374)
1945 - Lobby at the Circle Theatre. Notice the decorative circles near the ceiling
1945 – Lobby at the Circle Theatre. Notice the decorative circles near the ceiling (photo taken at City of Toronto Archives, Fonds, Series 881, File 374)
1933 - The Toronto City Directory showing the address of the Circle Theatre
1933 – The Toronto City Directory showing the address of the Circle Theatre (Toronto Public Library)
 2021 - Circle Theatre was once located at 2567 Yonge St. The building was torn down, and today, there is an apartment building on the site
2021 – Circle Theatre was once located at 2567 Yonge St. The building was torn down, and today, there is an apartment building on the site
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