Delta Theatre

1087 Main Street East,
Hamilton, ON L8K 1A5

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TivFan
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”.

TivFan
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.

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
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).

TivFan
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: www.hamiltonmagazine.com/sitepages/?aid. 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
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).

mortonbg
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.

mortonbg
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.

StarliteDriveInTheatre
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.

hamiltonmark
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.

mortonbg
mortonbg on February 28, 2008 at 5:14 pm

One last comment. I saw my first ever rock concert here in 1978. The band FM with Nash the Slash – featuring the hit song PHASORS ON STUN. I went and bought their LP BLACK NOISE as a result of this concert.

mortonbg
mortonbg on February 28, 2008 at 5:12 pm

There is one photo of the Main Street marquee in the Hamilton Public Library special collections dept. circa 1978.

Interior pictures are at the Ont Gov archives.

Also this theatre was built by Fred Guest in 1924 and he considered it his flagship cinema. Even though movies were the main attraction it had a full stage.

mortonbg
mortonbg on February 28, 2008 at 5:09 pm

The theatre was gutted and turned into apartments in 1984. I walked past this everyday on my way to high school at the time.

This was an elaborate and ornate theatre with a balcony and opulent dome, and gorgeous wood paneling everywhere. It sat aprox 980 seats had entrances and two separate marquees on both King and Main Streets. The box office was in the middle of a long corridor between the two sets of doors. It also had a huge crystal chandelier.

In its final years it was home to Starvin' Marvin’s Burlesque (Strippers) 1972-73, then Rep Cinema (99 Cent Delta) 1977-1980, and finally when the seats were gone as a flea market (1980-1983).

hamiltonmark
hamiltonmark on September 24, 2004 at 4:04 pm

I CAN RECALL IN THE LATE SEVENTIES GOING TO THE DELTA. IT WAS LOCATE BETWEEN KING/MAINWHERE THEY INTERSECTED AT THE DELTA IN THE EAST END OF THE CITY. YOU COULD ENTER THE THEATER FROM EITHER STREET. AT THAT TIME IT WAS CALLED THE $1.50 DELTA. YOU COULD GO AND SEE A DOUBLE B- MOVIE FEATURE FOR THAT PRICE. I CAN ALSO REMEMBER GOING TO SEE ROCK BANDS PERFORM THERE ALSO. THE BUILDING STILL STANDS TODAY BUT IT HAS BEEN CONVERTED TO APARTMENTS. MARK