The Broadway Theatre
715 Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N, Canada
The Broadway Theatre
Theatre on Broadway
Links and documents
1946/01/01 to 1947/12/31
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Broadway Theatre is a Municipal Heritage Property comprising two city lots in the Nutana district of Saskatoon. The property features a two-storey, stucco movie theatre. The designation is limited to the exterior of the building and the theatre lobby.
The heritage value of the Broadway Theatre resides in its Art Moderne architecture. Built in 1946, the Art Moderne influence of this building reflects the mid-twentieth century design trends common to new cinemas. The stucco-clad asymmetrical façade, rounded corners at its recessed front entrance, horizontal belt courses and streamlined sign imply modernity that typified the cinema. Its lobby, featuring terrazzo flooring and recessed valance lighting leads to a single-screen seating area.
The heritage value of the Broadway Theatre also lies in its association with the Broadway Avenue commercial district, a part of its evolution as a centre of pioneer trade to diversified retail and service use. Built independently at a time when large companies dominated theatre ownership, today the refurbished cinema is an important artistic venue for film festivals, musical performances and special events.
City of Saskatoon Bylaw No. 7624.
The heritage value of the Broadway Theatre resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those elements that speak to the theatre’s Art Moderne architectural style, such as its stucco exterior and the glass blocks around its show windows, the doors of the main entrance and the lobby, including the doors leading into the screening area, the oval ticket box, the valance lighting and the terrazzo flooring;
-those elements that speak to its contribution to the streetscape and its importance as a cultural venue for Saskatoon, such as the marquee and its location on its original site.
Local Governments (SK)
Heritage Property Act, s. 11(1)(a)
Municipal Heritage Property
Theme - Category and Type
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Learning and the Arts
Function - Category and Type
- Auditorium, Cinema or Nightclub
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of Saskatoon
Community Services Department
Development Services Branch
222 - 3rd Avenue North
SASKATOON SK S7K 0J5
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