The Regent Theatre, originally Belsize and later the Crest Theatre, is located at 551 Mt Pleasant Rd (north of Belsize Dr on the east side) in the Davisville Village/Leaside neighbourhoods of Toronto.
Built in 1926/27, architect Murray Brown designed the theatre with 725+ seats on the main floor with another 205 in the balcony. It was designed to host both movies and live stage performances.
In 1953, after a renovation, it was renamed The Crest Theatre. It became a live stage theatre solely for a few decades. In 1971, The Crest started to screen movies again.
The building received heritage status from the City of Toronto in 1984.
In the late 1980s and after a significant makeover, the theatre reopened as The Regent. Today the old neighbourhood theatre shows independent and foreign films.
Regent Theatre Photos