Paramount Theatre – Once in the St Clair West Village

Paramount Theatre was once located at 1069 St. Clair Ave W (between Lauder Ave and Glenholme Ave on the south side) in the Regal Heights/St Clair West Village neighbourhoods in Toronto.

Opening on August 22, 1935, the Paramount Theatre featured Spanish-American style architecture with extra wide seats and “cool water-washed air.” It also had the latest type of silver screen, constructed so patrons seated at the sides of the auditorium would not have a distorted view. The gala night movies were “Sweet Music,” starring Rudy Vallee and Ann Dvorak and “In Spite of Danger,” starring Marian Marsh and Wallace Ford.

According to the Toronto City Directory, the Paramount Theatre was last listed in 1957.

Today, the former theatre building is home to Certified Dry Cleaners.

Paramount Theatre Photos

Between 1935 and 1937 - Paramount Theatre was once located at 1069 St Clair Ave W, between Lauder Ave and Glenholme Ave on the south side. On the marquee, “The Arizonian,” starring Richard Dix, Margot Grahame and Preston Foster and “Laddie,” starring John Beal, Gloria Stuart and Virginia Weidler, were playing and both released in 1935
Between 1935 and 1937 – Paramount Theatre was once located at 1069 St Clair Ave W, between Lauder Ave and Glenholme Ave on the south side. On the marquee, “The Arizonian,” starring Richard Dix, Margot Grahame and Preston Foster and “Laddie,” starring John Beal, Gloria Stuart and Virginia Weidler, were playing and both released in 1935 (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1488, Series 1230, Item 1100)
Between 1935 and 1937 - Looking east along St Clair Ave W toward the Paramount Theatre once located at 1069 St Clair Ave W
Between 1935 and 1937 – Looking east along St Clair Ave W toward the Paramount Theatre once located at 1069 St Clair Ave W (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1488, Series 1230, Item 1101)
2022 – The Paramount Theatre was once located at 1069 St. Clair Ave. Today, the former theatre building is home to commercial space
2022 – The Paramount Theatre was once located at 1069 St. Clair Ave. Today, the former theatre building is home to commercial space
1936 - The Toronto City Directory showing the address and phone number of the Paramount Theatre
1936 – The Toronto City Directory showing the address and phone number of the Paramount Theatre (Toronto Public Library)
1957 - The Toronto City Directory showing the address of the Paramount Theatre
1957 – The Toronto City Directory showing the address of the Paramount Theatre (Toronto Public Library)
SOURCE
  • The Toronto Daily Star Newspaper Archives: Aug 22, 1935, pg 12
  • The Toronto Daily Star Newspaper Archives: Aug 23, 1935, pg 25
  • Photos: Denise Marie for TorontoJourney416
  • Vintage Photos: City of Toronto Archives
  • Toronto City Directory by Might Directories Ltd 1936 & 1957 courtesy of Toronto Public Library