Cinema Banque Scotia Montreal

977 Rue Sainte-Catherine O,
Montreal, QC H3B

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Operated by: Cineplex

Previously operated by: Famous Players

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Paramount Montreal

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Cinema Banque Scotia Montreal

The Paramount Montreal is located inside the historic former Simpsons building at the corner of Ste. Catherine West and Metcalfe Street. Occupying a full six floors, its ultramodern design incorporates the architecture of this turn-of-the-century structure. In contrast to the existing facade, the design creates a sense of lightness and transparency.

The exterior signage is inspired by Art Deco. Programmed special lighting and fibre optics create various visual effects including the movement of film. The urban Art Deco theme is continued in the interior design’s variety of colours and textures. Large fibreglass panels suspended in open spaces serve as projection screens and add to the interior�s sense of transparency. The design is versatile, so that theming can be changed quickly and easily to accommodate different tastes or to respond to various clienteles and special events.

Four dazzlingly lit escalators lead to two main lobbies, 12 auditoriums, a Famous Players IMAX® theater and other attractions including the Bar des Étoiles and Café des Étoiles which serves specialty sandwiches, salads and desserts. Paramount Montreal also has a TechTown Interactive Gaming Centre and two party rooms.

Paramount Montreal also is among the continent’s most successful and popular theaters. In April 2007, it was renamed Cinema Banque Scotia.

Contributed by Chad Irish

Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

SilverPlaqueVII on February 9, 2014 at 10:46 am

As told above that it listed as Cineplex, it should be given a proper name: “Cinéma Banque Scotia Montréal” and was formerly operated by Famous Players as Mike said from June 1999 until the merger in 2005 as Paramount Montreal (until the renaming in 2007).

rivest266 on September 4, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Outside of the building is being repaired. Cinema and the rest of the building remain open during the construction. September 2016 photo added.

theatrefan on October 4, 2016 at 1:56 pm

Any idea what happened rivest266? I thought the building was renovated extensively from 97-99 when they were converting the former Simpson’s Store into the Paramount Multiplex.

rivest266 on October 8, 2016 at 1:14 pm

More repair work photo uploaded. Also, the owner of the Simons is making noises for renovations. The building owner, an insurance company inspected the facade and decided to make repairs.

rivest266 on January 4, 2017 at 7:45 am

The outside repairs are completed. Another photo section of the building in the photo section. When the weather improves, the banners etc. will be back up.

rivest266 on January 27, 2021 at 9:13 am

IMAX promo trailer that played else in the Famous Players chain in the Montreal Area from June 1999

Spectrum Entertainment
Spectrum Entertainment on October 16, 2021 at 12:32 pm

This theatre opened with The General’s Daughter (and its French-version, La Fille du Général), Tarzan, and Besieged. Its IMAX movies include Encounter in the Third Dimension (and its French version, Rencontre Dans La Troisième Dimension) and Everest.

rivest266 on March 8, 2022 at 8:42 am

Another commercial:

Spectrum Entertainment
Spectrum Entertainment on January 10, 2024 at 10:14 am

On December 15, 2023, this theatre converted its UltraAVX theatre into a combination of an UltraAVX and ScreenX theatre. It’s UltraAVX projection and sound with the surround-screen technology of ScreenX. It opened with “Wonka.”

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