Red Mill Theatre

80 James Street North,
Hamilton, ON L8R 2K5

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Brian Morton
Brian Morton on October 22, 2021 at 5:35 pm

I just added the Red Mill Theatre’s listing in the 1921 Julius Cahn / Gus Hill guide.

I would find it surprising if there were actually 800 seats!

I will be adding the Imperial Theatre and Temple Theatre next, which are also on this list. Both are not yet in the Cinema Treasures database.

Brian Morton
Brian Morton on October 22, 2021 at 5:20 pm

I have add an image of the fire insurance map from February 1911, showing the Red Mill Theatre.

I have since discovered that the Red Mill theatre was operating as late as 1930, at least it is still in the Vernon’s City Directory. The small nickelodeons typically did not advertise their bills in the local newspapers, but I did find ads for this theatre in the Labour News, demonstrating that their audience was working class.

Also some confusion in the name of the manager. Dave Stewart indeed managed the Red Mill Theatre in the 1920s, but he was not the Jack Stewart that managed the Unique Theatre, and ran a sheet music business, called “The Song Shop”, next door to it. It was Jack Stewart that went on to manage the Lyric Theatre on Mary Street, not Dave.

I have no idea if they were related!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 22, 2021 at 4:05 am

“The Red Mill” was the name of a popular operetta by Victor Herbert which premiered in 1906. Quite a few theaters were subsequently named for it.