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Boston Globe Archives reports:
* Summer 1982: opened, the theatre had the top selling engagement for “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"
* April 4, 1999 the Boston Globe reports that a new 20 screen complex to replace the 14-plex will be built over 1999-2000. It will have 4,515 seats
* 2000 20-plex completed, old theatre demolished
Jimpiscitelli, Cinema Treasures the last i heard is this website…
Catherine DiM, That website at http://www.villagetheaters.com/ is for an circuit in Southern California. not Chicagoland.
Picture ia here
Drive-Ins.com has the theatre catalogs uploaded. The Cinema can be found in the 1953-1954 edition starting with Page 30.
It was never seen in Canadian theatres as the biggest chain, Famous Players had an pay-tv system called International Telemeter. It was in use 1959-1966 in the Minco bay area of Toronto. This system eventully became Rogers.
Picture of the theatre can be seen at
has an picture of the theatre.
There is still an CinÃ©ma Paramount in Rouyn-Norada,QC and an Paramount 3 in Amhurst NS. These were built by Famous Players in the late 1940’s. Also the Paramount in Montreal will be renamed CinÃ©mas Banque Scotia. Theatres in Edmonton SilverCity ?, Paramount in Calgary and Vancouver.
Schmadrian, The Forum has been renamed Pepsi Forum (The AMC cinema inside serves Coke.)
Theatre renamed Scotiabank Theatres on January 24, 2005, Others Paramount to be converted by April.
This cinema is going to get harder to find in Internet searches, The Paramounts in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary will be called Scotia Cinema or in Montreal CinÃ©mas Scotia as Cineplex sold the nameing rights to the Bank of Nova Scotia.
Contre la destruction du Spectrum – Against the destruction of the Spectrum
An online petition is at
http://www.drive-ins.com/dbtcdet.htm/tc=53/pga=56 has 1953 pictures of the theatre. (PDF document)
an history from my web at www.movie-theatre.org
March 6,1952-1976 (Movies)
* March 6, 1952 opened by Famous Playersâ€™s Consolidated Theatres. The policy was French first-run movies.
* May 11, 1956 Switched to English Language roadshow movies
* July 1970 roadshow policy ends
* January 11, 1974 became an French adult theatre called Le Pigalle. It was shortly renamed Eden and shown English adult movies.
* 1976 taken over by Odeon theatres and renamed Carrefour. It closed July 30, 1976
* 1980 reopened as a popular nightclub called Le Spectrum, performers include Sting, David Bowie, U2
* 2001 There was plans to include this theatre in the Complexe Spectrum project but fell through.
* January 10, 2007 La Presse reports that this theatre is to be demolished in the summer for an office tower.
This theatre is to close
Last call at The Spectrum
A Montreal entertainment landmark that has hosted superstars such as U2, The Police and Peter Gabriel is on its last legs.
The Spectrum club on Ste. Catherine street will be demolished to make way for an office tower.
Relocation plans fell through
The developer says negotiations to relocate the Spectrum to another part of the lot fell through.
If the city gives the go-ahead, the Spectrum and several businesses next door will be demolished by summertime.
Le Spectrum vit ses derniers mois. Il Ã©tait prÃ©vu que cette institution du showbizz montrÃ©alais soit dÃ©truite tÃ´t ou tard pour faire place Ã un nouveau complexe qui aurait abritÃ© le nouveau Spectrum. Ce n'est plus le cas. Le nouveau propriÃ©taire des lieux va de l'avant avec un projet de 70 millions, commerces et tour de bureaux, qui exclut la salle de spectacle.
Â«Jusqu'Ã preuve du contraire, il n'est plus question d'une salle de spectacle. On avait des dÃ©lais Ã respecter. On a travaillÃ© avec Spectra depuis mai 2006 pour relocaliser le Spectrum Ã l'arriÃ¨re de l'Ã©difice, mais malheureusement, jusqu'Ã aujourd'hui, rien ne se passe, on est obligÃ©s d'aller vers une autre optionÂ», a confiÃ© Ã La Presse Sam Benatar, prÃ©sident de la sociÃ©tÃ© immobiliÃ¨re SIDEV.
Si la Ville l'autorise, le Spectrum et les commerces avoisinants seront rasÃ©s l'Ã©tÃ© prochain aprÃ¨s la tenue des FrancoFolies, organisÃ©es par Spectra, aussi responsable du Festival international de jazz. La nouvelle construction devrait commencer sans plus tarder.
Aerial view, you can see the red and blue building.
I uploaded the grand opening ad at
This theatre inspired Cinemas Guzzo in Montreal to build their Mega-Plexes.
The grand opening ad for Cineplex 6 can be had at:
Seating in 1980:
Cinema 1 88 seats
Cinema 2 98 seats
Cinema 3 72 seats
Cinema 4 55 seats
Cinema 5 55 seats
Cinema 6 55 seats
Total 423 seats
These theatre may be renamed after the name of the loyalty program (Air Miles etc..) that Scotiabank is planning. As of Montreal, it will be a big job to take down that 100 feet high sign. (like an 160-ft crane that will block all of Metcalfe St.) The Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary jobs should be easier.
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The Santa Clarita Valley has one screen for every 7,637 persons an good average.
* 1967 opened as Cheri with one 600-seat cinemas. it was shortly renamed Capri
* 1968 the single auditorium was twinned
* 1969 renamed Cheri and an addition was added for the 3rd screen
* 1989 2 cinemas were split into 4 cinemas for a total of 5 screens
* 1997 2 stadium seating cinemas was added for a total of 7 screens, the first cinema in the state to have stadium seating.
* 2002 3rd largest cinema updated to stadium seating
* 2005 another auditorium updated to stadium seating. Total seating: 1,350 seats
This was a Commonwealth, which was sold to United Artists in 1987
The Dubinsky theatres never given the Motion Picture Almanacs 1980-1990 a list of their theatres, the only chain to do so, I have an grand opening ad from an Cedar Rapids newspaper from my site at http://movie-theatre.org/usa/ia/cedarrapids.pdf (Stage 4 entry)