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The Colony Theater, in Toronto, in 1948.

The Colony Theatre, at 1801 Eglinton Avenue West, in Toronto, was one of 69 theatres designed by the architectural firm Kaplan & Sprachman.[1][2][3] It operated as a movie theatre from 1939 to 1958.[4] It seated 834 patrons.

The theatre was purchased by the Odeon Theatres chain, in 1952, and extensively renovated.[5]

The building was converted to office space, with the lowest of three floors housing shops. However, the original building was eventually torn down.[6]


  1. Kaplan, Harold Solomon, Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada. Retrieved on 2016-02-29.
  2. Doug Taylor (2014). Toronto Theaters and the Golden Age of the Silver Screen. The History Press, 100-101, 114, 116. ISBN 9781626194502. 
  3. Doug Taylor. Toronto’s old movie houses—the Colony at Eglinton and Vaughan.
  4. Toronto theatres & music venues, World Theatres, 2016-02-22. Retrieved on 2016-02-29. “Casino Theatre – burlesque house at 87 Queen Street West of Bay – opened 1936 as The Vaudeville Theatre – 1121 seats – was burlesque house until 1948 and then starred top recording artists...”
  5. John Doug Taylor. Toronto’s old movie houses—the Colony at Eglinton and Vaughan, Taylor on History, 2013-09-10. Retrieved on 2022-08-29.
  6. Colony Theatre – Once in the Oakwood-Vaughan Area, Toronto Journey, 2022-05-22. Retrieved on 2022-08-29.