Delta Theatre

1087 Main Street East,
Hamilton, ON L8K 1A5

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Delta in 1977

The Delta Theatre opened in 1935 and was owned and operated by McKean Theatres from 1935 to 1969.

In 1970 Global Pictures took over operation of the the theater until it closed in 1980. The Delta has been converted into an apartment building.

Contributed by Chad Irish

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hamiltonmark on February 28, 2008 at 10:50 pm

Brian. I remember going to the Delta in the late seventies but I don’t recall there being a balcony. It’s been almost thirty years but I thought it was more plain and square shaped. I do recall that you could enter from either King or Main street. As stated in my earlier post, it was called the $1.50 Delta around 1978 and you could see a double feature for that price..
I also recall seeing groups such as Sparks and Gentle Giant from England in the late seventies as well.

StarliteDriveInTheatre on March 8, 2008 at 8:35 am

Yes. There was a balcony beside the Union Projection Room but in the 1970-80’s it was closed to the public – no seats. I remember seeing many big screen classics before VHS. I’ll post some pictures soon from Ontario Archives.

mortonbg on March 8, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Excellent! Thanks very much for this… Do you also have pictures of other Hamilton theatres? Been looking for pics of the Galt Capitol too.I would be most grateful to see some pictures of the Delta Theatre’s interior.

The listing from Ontario Archives says the pictures are from the 1940’s, and I haven’t seen them myself. I am going to make the pilgrimage to the archives myself very soon.

BTW I have a theatrical connection to the old Delta, in a rather oblique way. I wrote a stage adaptation of a book called MY FATHER’S HOUSE by Sylvia Fraser. One of the scenes in the play takes place in the auditorium of the old Delta… We have staged it four times now, and each time I have taken the actors to the outside of the apartments and showed them where the marquee once was, and the location of the former Main Street fire exit, now bricked up.

mortonbg on November 15, 2009 at 9:31 am

Delta Theatre building (apartments now) is for sale.

Pizza Pizza operates a phone centre out of what used to be the lobby.

TivFan on May 1, 2012 at 10:51 am

First of all, mortonbg’s 2009 comment is incorrect. Pizza Pizza is in the building at the extreme eastern end of the delta (formerly a drug store). The Delta Theatre building is separate from the Pizza Pizza store—the former bank building separates the two. The Delta lobby is a store, with entrances on either side. It is currently for lease. You can see on the Google street view where the former theater entrance was and where Pizza Pizza still is. Phoenix no longer has a connection with the apartments and the sign has been removed.
If you look to the ground, at the converted store doorway, you can see part of the original tiled floor of the theater entrance. The same can be seen on the opposite side of the delta (the theater had two entrances and the converted store front has the same).

TivFan on May 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

For a picture of the Delta Theatre, as a theatre, see John Sebert’s “Glamorous Ghosts” at: I attended a number of movies there when it was the 99-cent Delta. You could smoke in theaters in those days. The air would be thick with smoke (and I don’t mean regular tobacco). The Delta was a beautiful theater, and must have been amazing in its ‘hey day’. It was elegant and ornate and had a domed ceiling. I remember clouds and angels…and two marquees!

TivFan on October 23, 2012 at 11:06 pm

A change to my May 2012 comment and an apology to “mortonbg”: Pizza Pizza DID operate a phone centre in the former lobby space. I was mis-informed. I talked to a landlord, or agent, and she confirmed that the call centre formerly occupied the space which is currently empty and for rent. She mentioned that they are trying to keep as much of the original facade restored and exposed, as possible (including the tiled entrances).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 27, 2012 at 6:49 pm

The Delta Theatre was in operation before 1935. It was listed in the 1925 Hamilton City Directory with the address 1280 King Street East. It was apparently the same building, but the entrance was on King Street instead of Main Street.

TivFan on January 7, 2013 at 9:48 pm

The above photo shows the south entrance on Main Street. The sign board, under the marquee, says: T HOWARD IN GREEN FOR DANGER ALSO HEARTBEAT WITH GINGER ROGERS. T is for Trevor and both films were released in 1946.

TivFan on June 10, 2013 at 7:08 pm

The Spectator from Saturday, December 2, 1972 has an ad for the GALAXY. It is stated in the ad: (Formerly The Delta) King St. At the Delta 545-1116 Notice—Inside renovations completed. Advertised is a double feature of “High Wild and Free” and “The Savage Wild”.

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