Palace Theatre

698 Rue Sainte Catherine O.,
Montreal, QC H3B

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Palace Theatre

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This major movie palace in the center of Montreal opened on May 14, 1921 as the Palace Theatre. It was renamed Allen Theatre in 1922.

In 1980, the theatre was closed, gutted, and converted into a 6-screen multiplex before reopening in 1981. The Palace Theatre became a discount house in 1995.

In October 1999, a notice at the entrance was placed for approval for conversion into a parking garage. The theatre closed in January 2000 and then reopened as Centre Metafloria (a high-tech amusement park) in December 2000.

Centre Mirafloria closed in April 2002 after losing an estimated $15 million.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca, Mike Rivest

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 12, 2005 at 7:08 am

Here is a postcard from the 1940s or 1950s showing Rue Sainte Catherine with the Palace Theatre visible on the right.
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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 12, 2005 at 7:17 am

This old postcard shows several Rue Saint Catherine movie theatres including the Cinema de Paris, Palace, Capitol, Strand, Loew’s.

Clairette on April 24, 2009 at 4:51 am

The same place as Centre Metafloria

spectrum on December 14, 2010 at 8:48 pm

The building is still there, looks like it houses a number of retail establishments.

ohserase on September 4, 2013 at 6:12 am

Front entrance is now a Five Guys Burgers restaurant.

gordonmcleod on January 26, 2014 at 7:19 pm

It had I believe a Moller Theatre organ

rivest266 on March 6, 2014 at 3:03 pm

June 26th, 1981 grand opening ads in English and French in photo section.

theatrefan on February 12, 2015 at 11:08 am

Is there anything else in here beside the Burger place? This theatre was gutted to the bare walls when it was converted into a sixplex by United Theatres in 1980.

theatrefan on October 4, 2016 at 1:58 pm

Wasn’t this the first theatre in Canada to exhibit a motion picture with sound in Canada? I seem to recall reading that at one time.

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