Ware Malcomb Announces Construction is Complete on Historic Renovation of Paradise Theatre in Toronto

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Maureen Bissonnette, Associate Principal, Marketing, 949.660.9128, mbissonnette@waremalcomb.com




TORONTO (April 21, 2020) – Ware Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm, today announced construction is complete on the historic renovation of Paradise, located at 1006 Bloor Street West in Toronto, Ontario. Ware Malcomb’s Vaughan office provided architecture and interior design services for the project.


Originally opened in 1937 in Toronto’s Bloorcourt neighbourhood, 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. In addition to offering a curated mix of newly released films, older classics, undiscovered gems, themed seasons and event cinema, Paradise Theatre also features live music, comedy, talk series and multi-arts events. In the redesigned space, patrons can now enjoy in-seat dining in the theatre balcony, dining at the full-service Osteria Rialto restaurant, cocktails at Bar Biltmore, and snacks in the lobby.


“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. “In redesigning the space as a fully functional theatre, restaurant and bar, the new Paradise has solidified its landmark status in Toronto.”


Built in the Art Deco and Art Moderne styles, the building was given heritage designation in 2007. Working along with ERA architects the protected heritage aspect of the exterior façade/reconstruction of the main building facing Bloor Street, great 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. In addition to the unique challenges associated in renovating a heritage site, other challenges included waterproofing and providing thermal bridging throughout the existing century-old building.


The General Contractor for the project is Northern Structures Limited.


About Ware Malcomb (waremalcomb.com)

Established in 1972, Ware Malcomb is an international design firm providing planning, architecture, interior design, branding, civil engineering and building measurement services to commercial real estate and corporate clients. With office locations throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico, the firm specializes in the design of commercial office, corporate, industrial, science & technology, healthcare, retail, auto, public/educational facilities and renovation projects. Ware Malcomb is recognized as an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private company and a Hot Firm and Best Firm to Work For by Zweig Group. The firm is also ranked among the top 15 architecture/engineering firms in Engineering News-Record’s Top 500 Design Firms and the top 25 interior design firms in Interior Design magazine’s Top 100 Giants. For more information, visit waremalcomb.com/news and view Ware Malcomb’s Design video at youtube.com/waremalcomb.


About Paradise (paradiseonbloor.com)

A 1937 heritage-designated Art Deco venue in Toronto’s Bloorcourt neighbourhood, Paradise reopened in December 2019 following a highly anticipated renovation. Paradise offers a unique, welcoming experience through food, drink and the arts. The complex includes: Paradise Theatre, a state-of-the-art venue presenting a curated mix of newly released films, older classics and undiscovered gems, as well as live music, talk series and multi-arts events; Osteria Rialto, a full-service restaurant offering up fresh, seasonal ingredients in dishes that innovate on classic Italian cuisine; and Bar Biltmore, where spritzes, sours and negronis are enjoyed alongside small bites. The building on this site has operated as a cinema since 1910, and we are proud to continue its century-long tradition of bringing Torontonians together. Visit paradiseonbloor.com and follow Paradise on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


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