About US

Originally built in 1939, The Royal Cinema is a 380-seat historic Art Deco movie house located in the heart of Little Italy. Known as The Pylon when it first opened in 1939, the theatre has come to be regarded as one of Toronto’s most cherished landmarks.

When The Royal was faced with the threat of closure 2007, Urban Post saw an opportunity to bring their unique business model to the theatre. While The Royal continues to operate in the evenings as a vibrant repertory cinema, it has now also been extensively upgraded and renovated to accommodate a variety of events, from live concerts and multimedia exhibitions to film festivals and corporate events.

The Royal Cinema also now operates as a film and television post-production studio for Urban Post during the work week and adheres to the highest standards for picture and sound presentation. The main theatre transforms into a Dolby-approved 5.1 mix room alongside four outfitted picture editing suites located on the theatre’s second floor. 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. 

 

ACCESSIBILITY 

The Royal Cinema has 5 accessible seating sections. One of these seating areas has space for 2 mobility devices, as well as a small section behind it for guests not in need of accessible seating to join. The other 3 areas are best for single mobility devices, with 2-3 non-accessible seats beside them. If preferable, these sections can be reserved ahead of time by calling 416-466-4400 ext 0. or by emailing theroyalto@gmail.com.

Our theatre seats measure 19 inches across, from arm rest to arm rest, and 16 inches, front to back. The arm rests are fixed and sit 9 inches above the base of the seat.

Please note that The Royal Cinema does not have accessible washrooms; the 2 on-site washrooms are (non-code) gender-neutral, signed indicative of urinal and stall numbers, and located at the top of 2 half flights of stairs. The Royal Cinema is connected to a bar which has an accessible washroom.

Regretfully, the cinema doors (both external and internal) are manual.

 

WITH RESPECT TO THE LAND WE WORK ON

The Royal wishes to acknowledge the Haudenosaunee, the Huron-Wendat, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the original keepers of this land, for hosting our cinema and guests. Today, the meeting place of Tkaronto is still the home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and present in this territory.

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