Paradise Theatre in Toronto’s Bloorcourt neighbourhood has been synonymous with cinema (and, ahem, 80s pornography), since Benjamin Brown, one of the city’s earliest practicing Jewish architects, designed it in 1937. Shuttered in 2006, ERA Architects and Solid Design Creative are now restoring the heritage Art Deco building to rival stay-at-home Netflix binges.
Try to resist the vintage-inspired marquee over the new bar, or in-seat dining for the balcony section. Opening in 2019, Paradise will continue to screen films, and will also host live performances. Check their website for updates.
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Originally published in The Reno Issue 2018 as “Urban Update.”