698 Rue Sainte-Catherine O.,
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Previously operated by: Allen Theatres, Famous Players, United Theatres
Architects: Charles Howard Crane
Functions: Office Space, Restaurant
Previous Names: Allen Theatre, Palace Theatre
This major movie palace in the center of Montreal opened on May 14, 1921 with Constance Talmadge in “Lessons in Love”. It opened as the Allen Theatre, but was renamed Palace Theatre in 1923. It was equipped with a Warren 3 manual 14 ranks theatre pipe organ. In 1928 it was the first movie theatre in Canada to be wired for sound and the first ‘talkie’ to be screened here was Janet Gaynor in “Street Angel”. In 1953 it became the first theatre in Montreal to be equipped with CinemaScope when Richard Burton in “The Robe” was screened.
In August 1980, the theatre was closed, gutted, and converted into a 6-screen multiplex before reopening on June 26, 1981 as the Palace 6. The Palace Theatre became a discount house in 1995.
In October 1999, a notice at the entrance was placed for approval for conversion into a parking garage. The theatre closed in January 2000 and then reopened as Centre Metafloria (a high-tech amusement park) in December 2000.
Centre Mirafloria closed in April 2002 after losing an estimated $15 million. By 2016 the front of the building is a Five Guys burger restaurant and the auditorium is office space.
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June 26th, 1981 grand opening ads in English and French in photo section.
Is there anything else in here beside the Burger place? This theatre was gutted to the bare walls when it was converted into a sixplex by United Theatres in 1980.
Wasn’t this the first theatre in Canada to exhibit a motion picture with sound in Canada? I seem to recall reading that at one time.
Burger restaurant in the front, the back is now offices. I asked if there was anything left of the cinema, was told no, completely re-modelled. When the Lowes was converted to five screens in 1976, the designer did his best to keep the original look. Sadly for the Palace, it was completely gutted in 1980. I never went when it was one screen, only when it was a six plex.
Not much is left of any Movie Palace in Montreal unfortunately. From the Montreal Gazette- http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/little-trace-remains-of-montreals-glamorous-theatre-era
June 26th, 1981 grand opening ad: Palace 6 opening · Fri, Jun 26, 1981 – 19 · The Gazette (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) · Newspapers.com
Some history Palace 6- Montreal Fri, Aug 22, 1980 – 12 · The Leader-Post (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada) · Newspapers.com
1920 or 1921 construction aerial in the photo section.
Share offering in the Kingston newspaper.
Palace Theatre Montreal 14 Feb 1920, Sat The Kingston Whig-Standard (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) Newspapers.com
French language grand opening ad posted