Chris' Corner: New "Life Blood" for the Circle Theatre in Alliston

New "Life Blood" for the Circle Theatre in Alliston

Circle Theatre in Alliston, a local landmark, operating since before World War II, on the South Side of Victoria Street has a new Owner, Kate Vander Zaag.
Circle Theatre Alliston
Although I have never seen a movie at this local institution, my mother-in-law has seen many movies here with her friends over the years and has always enjoyed the experience.

There is a place for theatres like this in the day of Giant IMAX multi-theatre complexes.  I think it was during a 2003 vacation during which we stayed for a while in Bozeman, MT, that Helen and I saw Seabiscuit at the Ellen Theatre on Main St.  The movie experience was enhanced because we saw it, soaking up the atmosphere that comes from being in a historical building.

We will definitely support the Circle Theatre in Alliston when it re-opens.

Closed since October 2011, when long-time owner Scott MacDonald died, many in town were not hopeful that this intimate theatre would continue to exist.

The new owner has already started renovations on the building, both inside and out.  The roof, some seating and some cosmetic issues are being addressed.  Ms. Vander Zaag is also in the process of sourcing and acquiring a digital projector.

She has stated that she want to make the facility more accessible to the community and to be about more than just showing Hollywood films.  She has visions of a community resource for dance and music recitals, Schools to show student films, a possible venue for the Music Festival.

Stay tuned, I will continue to report on the progress until the Circle Theatre in Alliston re-opens.

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Comment balloon 9 commentsChris Smith • May 14 2012 05:27AM

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Chris sounds like a great community institution, happy that it will stay that way.

Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) over 8 years ago

Looks like a historic place that is worthy for a full renovation. .great job!

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 8 years ago

Love that Chevy Impala parked at front. . no parking issues there. . .

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 8 years ago

That's awesome Chris, we still have a few of those theatres in the quinte area, and I have much more fun watching movies in the old Centre theatre in Trenton than I do going to the big Silver city in Belleville. Break out the popcorn :-)

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

Chris, this theatre looks like it has charm and character. Glad to hear the new owner will carry on the tradition. What a great idea to have dance recitals and such there! Yes, keep us posted.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

David, you can't put the history and character of an institution like this in those new big boxes...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Fernando, the front end confused me, but it sure looks like an Impala

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Malcolm, I love these old theatres in small towns too

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Al and Peggy, that was good thinking to create additional streams of revenue.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

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