King Square Cinema

95 Charlotte Street,
Saint John, NB E2L 5B8

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Previous Names: Unique Cinema, Strand Theatre, Odeon Theatre

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1950 New Years Eve Celebration at the Strand Theatre. Photo credit Heritage Resources, via Ron Janes.

The building that housed the King Square Cinema was built in 1877 as a furniture factory and showroom. Around 1906 part of this three story building was converted for use as a movie theatre called the Unique Cinema.

In 1931 the Unique Cinema was renamed the Strand Theatre. In 1966 the name was changed again to the Odeon Theatre. In 1984 the theatre was sold and the new owners renamed it the King Square Cinema. This theatre closed in 1996.

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Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

CSWalczak on November 14, 2009 at 10:12 pm

There is a picture of the King Square Cinema on this page (scroll down to see it). It apparently closed as a twin.

Cinemalover on June 18, 2010 at 8:36 pm

I read something about it was also the Paramount? as the building looks exactly the same as the Paramount.

I was up visiting Saint John and saw it’s sad state but, interestingly it was neat to see that all the old coming attraction signs were still standing and the marquee was still in Great shape. I’m wandering what the inside would like now and hopefully they don’t demolish but, make something of it.

In a bit i will post a link to some of the images i took of the theater

Cinemalover on June 20, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Kings Square cinemas is in a different Location Not Charlotte street

Cinemalover on June 20, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Its in the same building that the paramount was

ScreenClassic on June 20, 2011 at 7:41 am

The King Square Cinema on Charlotte Street should be listed as demolished because there’s now a parking lot on the former theatre site beside the buildings that it used to be next door to.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Wish the above picture was clearer.

CSWalczak on April 15, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Some of the comments here (including one of mine) inadvertently led to some posted misinformation here concerning this particular theater, though it is easy to see how things got a bit confused. The picture that I posted on November 14, 2009 and the one posted by Gerald A. DeLuca are not of the King Square Cinema (which was located on Charlotte Street and has been demolished). They are of the almost identically named King Square Cinemas that has a separate entry here on CT and faces Kings Square on its north side. That theater still stands as of 2012 though closed.

As noted this theater was originally named the Unique, then the Strand, then the Odeon, and finally the King Square Cinema before it was demolished. The Kings Square Cinemas began life as the Paramount before it was renamed the Kings Square Cinemas.

CSWalczak on April 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm

This page has pictures of this theater both as the Unique and the Kings Square.

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