Family Theatre, later Lake – Once in The Beaches

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Family Theatre, later Lake, was once located at 2173-75 Queen St E (east of Lee Ave on the south side) in The Beaches neighbourhood of Toronto.

Opening in the mid-1910s, the 576-seat Family Theatre featured an auditorium, orchestra area and exterior ticket booth. It was advertised as the “Home of Ideal Entertainment.” In the early-1950s, it was renamed Lake Theatre and closed a few years later. Today the Royal Bank occupies the site of the theatre.

Family Theatre Photos

Between 1920 and 1926 - Looking southeast towards the Family Theatre once located at 2173-75 Queen St E, east of Lee Ave. Fox Theatre is located about 1 km to the east
Between 1920 and 1926 – Looking southeast towards the Family Theatre once located at 2173-75 Queen St E, east of Lee Ave. Fox Theatre is located about 1 km to the east (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1488, Series 1230, Item 2782)
2022 – Family Theatre was once located at 2173-75 Queen St E, east of Lee Ave on the south side. Today the Royal Bank occupies the site of the theatre
2022 – Family Theatre was once located at 2173-75 Queen St E, east of Lee Ave on the south side. Today the Royal Bank occupies the site of the theatre
Date unknown - The auditorium of Family Theatre had faux windows with curtains
Date unknown – The auditorium of Family Theatre had faux windows with curtains (City of Toronto Archives, Ken Webster Fonds, Fonds 251, Series 1278, File 70)
Between 1920 and 1926 - Family Theatre, later Lake Theatre, was once located at 2173-75 Queen St E, east of Lee Ave on the south side
Between 1920 and 1926 – Family Theatre, later Lake Theatre, was once located at 2173-75 Queen St E, east of Lee Ave on the south side (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1488, Series 1230, Item 2781)
1914 - Sketch plans for the Family Theatre once located at 2173-75 Queen St E, east of Lee Ave
1914 – Sketch plans for the Family Theatre once located at 2173-75 Queen St E, east of Lee Ave (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 200, Series 2315, Item 43)
1916 - The Toronto City Directory showing the address of the Family Theatre
1916 – The Toronto City Directory showing the address of the Family Theatre (Toronto Public Library)
1953 - The Toronto City Directory showing the address and phone number of the Lake Theatre, originally Family Theatre
1953 – The Toronto City Directory showing the address and phone number of the Lake Theatre, originally Family Theatre (Toronto Public Library)
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