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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 theatre was renamed Cinemark 12 at Paducah in 2005
This was a Commonwealth, which was sold to United Artists in 1987
you are right, It was a twin and the largest cinema was twinned down the middle in 1981.
The webmaster for this site should correct it.
have you noticed that so many old Miracle Marts became Guzzo cinemas?
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)
In the Film Daily Yearbook, there was an Dubinsky Bros., which owned 3 in Levanworth KS, 3 in Fulton MO, 3 in Jefferson City, one in Kansas City MO and one in St.Joseph, This theatre chain changed its name to Durwood Theatres and than American Multi-Cinemas.
You can have a look at my website at www.movie-theatre.org
I have a large collection of grand opening ads for these markets:
Los Angeles CA (70+ including the Chinese), Augusta GA, Chicago IL (almost 100), Washington DC, Vancouver BC, Calgary,AB, Regina SK, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Ottawa-Gatineau ON QC (have a look at the great AMC Kanata 24 ads its AMC Vs Parliment buildings)on the Ottawa suburban PDF., MontrÃ©al QC (70 ads found), Trois Rivieres QC, Sherbrooke QC, Quebec QC, Halifax NS, St. Johns NF
By 1990 the Commonwealth theatres ended up with United Artists, now part of the Regal Entertainment Group
I just uploaded it here at
the ad was for both theatres.
the correct url is at View link
or do a search for missouri theatres
Attention Chad Irish:
according to this for the right price, you can have this theatre named after you
Cineplex Entertainment Announces Naming Rights Available For Four Paramount Theatres
TORONTO, ONTARIO—(CCNMatthews – Jan. 31, 2006) – Cineplex Entertainment (TSX:CGX.UN) today announced that the four Paramount-branded theatres located in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal will be re-named and are available for long-term naming right sponsorship.
Ellis Jacob, President and CEO of Cineplex Entertainment, said “This is truly an extraordinary opportunity for a company to extend their brand awareness and positively position themselves with Cineplex, one of the most highly recognized brands in the country, as well as in the North American entertainment industry. These entertainment destinations host millions of people each year including one of the most highly sought after demographics – our country’s youth.”
These four theatres represent the ultimate in state-of-the-art technology and immersive movie-going environments, with all four theatre complexes conveniently located in the downtown cores of Canada’s biggest cities.
The first Paramount-branded theatre — a modern palace of neon and glass — opened in the heart of Toronto’s downtown club district in May of 1999 and instantly became the destination for urban movie-goers in the area.
Over the next six years, the Paramount Montreal, with its art deco theme, Paramount Calgary, featuring an Egyptian-inspired Temple design, and Paramount Vancouver, with decor inspired by the natural beauty of the West Coast, followed.
These theatres represent the pinnacle of modern urban cinemas, boasting wall-to-wall screens 40-60 feet wide, comfortable all-stadium seating, IMAX theatres, branded food outlets and some feature licensed lounges and private clubs for special events and parties.
The company that elects to sponsor these theatres will benefit from having their brand appear in daily print and online movie listings, exterior and interior signage at the theatres, in on-screen digital pre-shows, in addition to other special promotional opportunities and in conversation – “Let’s meet at the ABC Cineplex theatre”.
The sponsorship agreement is being handled by Cineplex Media. All interested parties can get more information by contacting Cineplex Media President, Salah Bachir, at 416-539-8800 extension 222 or via email at
About Cineplex Entertainment LP:
Cineplex Entertainment LP owns, operates or has an interest in 130 theatres with 1,275 screens (after giving effect to the 7 theatres and 80 screens in Quebec to be divested pursuant to a consent agreement with the Canadian Commissioner of Competition) and is the largest motion picture exhibitor in Canada. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the Partnership operates theatres with the following six top-tier brands: Cineplex Odeon, Coliseum, Colossus, Famous Players, Galaxy and SilverCity. Proudly Canadian, Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund, which owns approximately 50.6% of Cineplex Entertainment LP, is a public company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund (symbol CGX.UN). More information can be found at www.cineplex.com or at www.famousplayers.com
I had posted the opening at http://movie-theatre.org/usa/il/chicago/
This theatre opened on May 30,1969, the grand opening ad says Ahead of its time, Ahead of then all
The Showplace of the 1970’s
the ad will soon be posted at movie-theatre.org
The mall is
have a look at this USGS aerial.
(Maps.google.com just had upgraded for closer zoom)
I found the Grand opening ad (full page) for this theatre, Feb 16 1938 p 17
“Theatre of Magnificent Comfort” it opened with “The Firefly”