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. 



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.



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.

(Interested in renting The Royal? Click here!)