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Preserving a Legacy – Paradise Theater in Toronto

Originally opened in 1937, the heritage-designated Paradise building reopened following the highly anticipated renovation, led by Ware Malcomb.


Originally opened in 1937 in Toronto’s Bloorcourt neighborhood, the heritage-designated Paradise building recently reopened following the highly anticipated renovation. The project involved converting the existing theatre into a multi-functional venue including a theatre, restaurant and bar.

Built in the Art Deco and Art Moderne styles, the building was given heritage designation in 2007. The designers took care was taken to limit refinishing and maintain the appearance of the original façade and signage in compliance with heritage requirements. Architectural details included utilizing existing masonry, a curtain wall, aluminum composite panels, metal siding, and steel frames combined with infill glazing units.

“We are proud to play a part in continuing Paradise’s incredible legacy for the next century,” said Frank Di Roma, Principal of Ware Malcomb’s Canada operations, including offices in Vaughan and Toronto.


Architects: Ware Malcomb, Vaughan, Ontario

Client: Paradise on Bloor

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