Cinema de Paris

896 Rue Sainte Catherine W,
Montreal, QC

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The Cinema de Paris opened in 1968 and closed in 1997 when the landlord refused to heat the theater.

The policy was French language films into the mid-1970’s, then English repertory programming until closing in 1997.

In 1981, “Calgulia” was shown at the theater with many people coming in from Toronto where it was banned by the Ontario censor board.

This cinema was opened by Michel Custom, sold to Odeon, and later to Famous Players and then, sold again.

The Cinema split into three screens in 1989.

Contributed by Chad Irish, Ross Melnick

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rivest266
rivest266 on December 18, 2003 at 12:24 am

The Picture shown on this page is for the Cinema de Paris in Quebec City,

The landlord’s name is SITQ, and it was never split in three screens like the one in Quebec.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 11, 2005 at 3:38 pm

Here is a photo of the Cinéma de Paris, between Dunn’s and Chicken Charlie. I took this around 1989. I believe the only movie I ever saw here was the magnificent “Molière” by Ariane Mnouchkine, made in 1978. Can someone confirm that it played there?

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 12, 2005 at 3:33 pm

This Cinema de Paris seems to be in a different location on Rue Sainte Catherine from the one I just posted above. Can anyone clarify?
This old postcard also shows several other Rue Saint Catherine movie theatres that include the Cinema de Paris, Palace, Capitol, Strand, Loew’s.
posted by Gerald A. DeLuca on Apr 12, 2005 at 10:17am

PGlenat
PGlenat on April 12, 2005 at 6:45 pm

Although I haven’t lived in Montreal in quite some time, I seem to recall that the Capitol theatre was located to the left of Dunn’s restaurant, a couple of doors down. The photo doesn’t show it and either it was already demolished or is out of view. It does clearly show the Cinema de Paris to the right of Dunn’s, so I can only assume that the Cinema de Paris relocated from the location shown in the post card view of the Ste Catherine street scene or it’s a case of artistic licence in the post card rendering.

rivest266
rivest266 on April 12, 2005 at 11:18 pm

in Montreal there were 2 different “Cinéma de Paris”

this postcard refers to the old Cinema de Paris (which was owned by France-Film) at 694 St. Catherine W (now club supersexe)
from my website at www.movie-theatre.org

Colonial
AKA: Connaugut, Regal, Roxy, Cinéma de Paris, Newsreel, Victory
694 St. Catherine West Metro McGill
Opened 1912 renamed Connaught 1915,
renamed Regal 1920,
renamed Roxy 1932
renamed Cinéma de Paris 1933-1941, 1945-1960,
Renamed Newsreel 1941,
renamed Victory 1943-1945,
Club Supersexe now occupy this building.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 12, 2005 at 11:44 pm

Mike,
I can do it if you don’t care to. Thaks for the clarification.

Azzaelea
Azzaelea on November 15, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Can anybody help me?

I saw Forest Gump at a cinema somewhere along Ste Catherines in ‘94.
I’m pretty sure it was around there, anyhow, because we went to Nickels for dinner that night.

I was 14 at the time, and all I recall is going up a narrowish stairwell to a small box office, where the cinemas were. Does anyone know which theatre this might’ve been?

rivest266
rivest266 on August 12, 2010 at 1:50 am

That was the Loews.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 12, 2010 at 1:51 am

It may had played second run at the Cinema Du Paris after its run at the Loews.

spectrum
spectrum on December 15, 2010 at 5:04 am

Looks like it is filled with retail now.

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