Empire Theatre

451 Avenue Ogilvy,
Montreal, QC H3N 1R5

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Empire Theatre

Built in the late-1930’s, the exterior done in Art Moderne style with fairly simple lines. Closed in 1968. Was still standing as of 2004 and at that time in good shape. From the marquee it appeared to be used as a Greek cultural/educational center.

Contributed by Dave Litterer

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 29, 2014 at 10:15 pm

The Empire Theatre was in operation prior to 1939, when a photo of its auditorium served as one of the illustrations to an article about parabolic reverse slope theater auditoriums in the January 7 issue of Boxoffice. The article doesn’t specifically say so, but I believe the architect of the Empire was the author of the article, Henry E. Greenspoon, partner in the Montreal firm of Eliasoph & Greenspoon.

The theater would have been designed in association with Benjamin Schlanger, developer of the parabolic reverse slope auditorium concept. Another of the article’s illustrations is a photo of the 1936 Jewel Theatre in Brooklyn, New York, one of Schlanger’s designs.

This is the first page of the article, with the photo of the Empire Theatre at bottom left.

This is the second page of the article, with the photo of the Jewel, and drawings showing how a parabolic reverse slope floor was configured.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on May 31, 2018 at 3:22 am

On August 23, 1959, with a group of friends, we saw two films here: “First Man into Space” and “The Crimson Pirate.” Good adventure matinee program.

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