Palace Theatre

698 Rue Sainte-Catherine O.,
Montreal, QC H3B 1B9

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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. By 2016 the front of the building is a Five Guys burger restaurant and the auditorium is office space.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca, Mike Rivest

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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
Clairette on April 24, 2009 at 4:51 am

The same place as Centre Metafloria

spectrum
spectrum on December 14, 2010 at 8:48 pm

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

ohserase
ohserase on September 4, 2013 at 6:12 am

Front entrance is now a Five Guys Burgers restaurant.

gordonmcleod
gordonmcleod on January 26, 2014 at 7:19 pm

It had I believe a Moller Theatre organ

rivest266
rivest266 on March 6, 2014 at 3:03 pm

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

theatrefan
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
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.

ohserase
ohserase on December 12, 2016 at 12:37 pm

Burger restaurant in the front, the back is now offices. I asked if there was anything left of the cinema, was told no, completely re-modelled. When the Lowes was converted to five screens in 1976, the designer did his best to keep the original look. Sadly for the Palace, it was completely gutted in 1980. I never went when it was one screen, only when it was a six plex.

theatrefan
theatrefan on December 13, 2016 at 10:04 am

Not much is left of any Movie Palace in Montreal unfortunately. From the Montreal Gazette- http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/little-trace-remains-of-montreals-glamorous-theatre-era

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