Metro Theatre closes, ending an era of porn cinema in Koreatown

Toronto's historic pornography theatre has mysteriously closed, possibly for good.

Toronto's last adult entertainment theatre reported closed

A sign at the front of Metro Theatre, a historic cinema on Bloor Street West, says the porn theatre has closed its doors for good. Though the 1930s-era theatre has been open and closed at various times during its lifespan, its phone has been disconnected and its doors and box office have not opened in days.

“Sorry theatre is closed for good," reads a note on its front door.

Last year, a pair of entrepreneurs became involved in an effort to change the theatre’s focus, in which indie, art-house and foreign films would be screened there a few nights a week.

"I hope this will become the independent art-house cinema in the west end of Toronto," Jonathan Hlibka told CBC News in 2012.

But the theatre was still supposed to show pornographic films during the day.

The Metro Theatre is shown here when it first opened in April 1939. (Supplied by Paul Moore/Toronto archives)

The Metro Theatre was constructed at 667 Bloor St. W., in 1938, and first opened in 1939. It had several incarnations, but its roots were always to show films outside the mainstream. Its first films was the "scandalous" B-movie Delinquent Parents: The Unforgettable Drama of Modern Youth and Selfish Parents.

Corrections

  • A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the owner of the Metro Theatre.
    Dec 19, 2013 6:52 PM ET

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