Heritage bid linked to Mayfair closure

A bid to designate the Mayfair cinema as a heritage site appears to be behind the decision to close the historic theatre this fall, say well-informed community sources.

The city’s planning and environment committee will consider the heritage application Tuesday. The application was approved by the local architectural conservation advisory committee earlier this month. If approved, the matter will be brought before City Council later this fall.

Capital Ward Coun. Clive Doucet is a vocal supporter of the bid.

“The theatre is part of our history,” Doucet told the Glebe Report.  “The city can’t have a sense of self if it’s torn down.”

The cinema has been part of Ottawa’s film scene since 1932. It is known for its double bills, which have provided inexpensive entertainment to area residents.

It also features monthly screenings for the Ottawa Independent Filmmakers’ Cooperative and periodically partners with local charities to raise money.

The news of the theatre’s imminent demise was greeted with dismay by local film buffs.

“It used to be my TV, I went there all the time,” said Ottawa resident Peter Moore. “It’s devastating.”

The City of Ottawa’s report on the application can be found here .