Empire Theatre

422 Barton Street East,
Hamilton, ON L8L 2Y6

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 20, 2021 at 2:09 pm

The papers of architect Bernard Herman Prack list a project for Fred Guest at the Empire Theatre in 1922. The specifics of the project are not mentioned. !922 was the same year Prack drew the plans for Guest’s Delta Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 20, 2021 at 12:15 am

Fred Guest’s Empire Theatre on Barton Street East was mentioned, along with his Strand Theatre, in the October 14, 1916 issue of Moving Picture World.

TivFan on May 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm

See an exterior photo of the Empire, as part of John Sebert’s “Glamorous Ghosts” at: www.hamiltonmagazine.com/sitepages/?aid. This was the first time I had seen a shot of this place. Comparing the photo and the street view, you can see the upper windows are gone and the railing (or decoration?) has been added to the roof edge.
I went to a yard sale in this neighborhood, and I got talking to a guy selling there, and I mentioned the Empire and he told me that the projection equipment was still in the building. It’s possible that it was too cumbersome to remove or was kept as a ‘novelty’. I don’t know if this is true, I’ve never checked…

Brian Morton
Brian Morton on February 28, 2008 at 7:38 pm

A little more info. This was also known as the Italia Cinema from 1938 to 1969 when it closed.

There are photos at the Ont Archives of the exterior/interior.