Originally built in 1939, The Royal Cinema is a 380-seat historic Art Deco movie house located in the heart of Little Italy. The theatre was known as The Pylon when it first opened in 1939. Over time, it’s become one of Toronto’s most cherished landmarks.
With the threat of closure looming in 2007, Urban Post moved in during the fall, seeing an opportunity to bring their unique business model to The Royal. The Royal continues to operate in the evenings as a rep cinema. However with extensive upgrades and renovations, it is now also a digitally-equipped screening and live event venue, adhering to the highest standards for picture and sound presentation. It is suited for live concerts, screenings, film festivals, corporate events, multimedia exhibition, and more.
During the daytime, Urban Post operates out of the Royal as a film and television post-production studio. The main theatre becomes a Dolby-approved 5.1 mix room and four picture editing suites are located upstairs. Esteemed Canadian directors such as Atom Egoyan (Chloe, Adoration), Deepa Mehta (Heaven on Earth), Bruce McDonald (PontyPool, The Tracey Fragments), Kari Skogland (Stone Angel) have mixed and/or edited their projects there.
We are a fully licensed venue.
The Royal has 5 accessible sections which you can reserve when completing the form to purchase tickets. One of the accessible seating areas has space for two mobility devices and a small section behind for the party to join. The other three are for single mobile devices with 2-3 seats beside them.
Please note that the Royal does not have accessible washrooms.
We acknowledge that we walk upon the traditional territories of the Mississauga of the New Credit First Nation, Anishaabe, Haudenosaunee, Wendat, and Huron Indigenous Peoples, the original nations of this land, who continue to fight for justice.