Community Theatre – Once in Woodbine Heights

The Community Theatre was once located at 1202 Woodbine Ave (north of Frater Ave on the west side) in the Woodbine Heights neighbourhood of Toronto.

Built and opening in 1937, architects Kaplan & Sprachman designed the theatre in the Art Deco style. After it closed in the mid-1950s, the theatre building became a rental storage warehouse. Today, the former theatre is home to retail space.

Community Theatre Photos

1937 - Community Theatre was once located at 1202 Woodbine Ave, north of Frater Ave on the west side. On the marquee, “College Holiday,” starring Jack Benny and Martha Raye, and “The General Died at Dawn,” starring Gary Cooper, were playing
1937 – Community Theatre was once located at 1202 Woodbine Ave, north of Frater Ave on the west side. On the marquee, “College Holiday,” starring Jack Benny and Martha Raye, and “The General Died at Dawn,” starring Gary Cooper, were playing (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1488, Series 1230, Item 1142)
2022 – The building at 1202 Woodbine Ave that architects Kaplan & Sprachman designed in the Art Deco style for the Community Theatre is home to retail space
2022 – The building at 1202 Woodbine Ave that architects Kaplan & Sprachman designed in the Art Deco style for the Community Theatre is home to retail space
1964 - The Community Theatre was once located at 1202 Woodbine Ave, north of Frater Ave on the west side
1964 – The Community Theatre was once located at 1202 Woodbine Ave, north of Frater Ave on the west side (City of Toronto Archives, Ken Webster Fonds, Fonds 251, Series 1278, File 53)
1956 - Looking northwest on Woodbine, Ave, north of Frater Ave towards shops and Community Theatre. On the theatre marquee, it says "Property for Sale"
1956 – Looking northwest on Woodbine, Ave, north of Frater Ave towards shops and Community Theatre. On the theatre marquee, it says “Property for Sale” (City of Toronto Archives, Series 65, File 21, Item 10)
2022 – Today the building at 1202 Woodbine Ave that architects Kaplan & Sprachman designed in the Art Deco style for the Community Theatre is home to retail space
2022 – Today the building at 1202 Woodbine Ave that architects Kaplan & Sprachman designed in the Art Deco style for the Community Theatre is home to retail space
Date unknown - The building at 1202 Woodbine Ave that architects Kaplan & Sprachman designed in the Art Deco style for the Community Theatre is home to retail space
Date unknown – The building at 1202 Woodbine Ave that architects Kaplan & Sprachman designed in the Art Deco style for the Community Theatre is home to retail space (City of Toronto Archives, Ken Webster Fonds, Fonds 251, Series 1278, File 53)
1938 - The Toronto City Directory showing the address and phone number of the Community Theatre
1938 – The Toronto City Directory showing the address and phone number of the Community Theatre (Toronto Public Library)
SOURCE
  • The Globe and Mail Newspaper Archives: May 6, 1937, pg 2
  • The Globe and Mail Newspaper Archives: Jun 29, 1957, pg 41
  • Photos: Denise Marie for TorontoJourney416
  • Vintage Photos: City of Toronto Archives
  • Toronto City Directory by Might Directories Ltd 1938 courtesy of Toronto Public Library