Garrick Centre

330 Garry Avenue,
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2G6

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The Garrick Theatre opened as a single screen theatre in 1921. It remained that way until 1967 when the Garrick Theatre was twinned.

The theatre was split into 4 screens in 1979. Once part of the Odeon ciruit, it was taken over by Cineplex Odeon in 1984. The Garrick Cinemas closed in 2002.

It is now a live-entertainment venue known as the Garrick Centre.

Contributed by Chad Irish

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pataylor
pataylor on September 10, 2006 at 1:14 am

organpage – The TPO that >was< in the Immaculate Conception hall was installed by the late Terry Harvey. Now there was a man who got things done. Organ installations, concert series, LPs of the Orpheum – on and on. I recall that the Seeburg/Smith went to Alberta but I wouldn’t bet my house on my recollection. The TPO onced owned by the late Reg Stone and then the late Frank Mankin went there for sure. That’s the problem – many persons connected with west coast TPOs have taken up the harp. The organ from the Pantages/Odeon Hasting/Majestic is (last I heard) in a South Delta residence by way of the late Chas. McKenzie. I’m hoping that my info stirs up some more-up-to-date contributions to this forum. J. Tarling still has his Capitol TPO and, as I understand, has the Organ Grinder hybrid in storage. Our Garrick Theatre organ is seldom played during the summer so that temperature fluctuations in the chamber can be kept at a minimum. A Conn 3 manual sparker fills in surprisingly well.
Rather than clutter this excellent forum – if you (or anyone else) wants more info, I’m at Console down.
PT

garr
garr on August 26, 2007 at 6:16 pm

i haven’t lived in wpg for a very long time, used to go to the garrick&the other theatres when i lived there. i knew that the ramada hotel had taken it over. i knew it was being used as a conference center. i see that there are live performances happening there. when did this start, is it a new thing? it’s nice, at least the place is being used for entertainment, though it’s not movies. will this be the use from now on? will it also be used as a conference center?

vic1964
vic1964 on October 28, 2007 at 5:17 am

I just finished reading about the PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE run of 18 weeks at the Garrick 2!The film was a huge hit in Winnipeg but not the rest of the world.Check out the phantapalooza website!

garr
garr on October 28, 2007 at 6:55 am

thanks much for that news. could you please provide the exact website address? i haven’t been able to access it. thanks-g.

PGlenat
PGlenat on October 28, 2007 at 9:23 am

garro: try Googling “Phantompalooza” (not Phantapalooza) for info on the extraordinary local popularity of “Phantom of the Paradise”. As recently as last year the Ramada/Garrick centre was used to host a get-together of cast, crew as well as fans of Phantom of the Paradise.

garr
garr on October 28, 2007 at 5:15 pm

thanks a lot sam. i was able to google it, thanks to you. it’s nice to see that the garrick is being used for entertainment, like the old days, when i used to see movies there. guess there’s more entertainment coming to the garrick? i imagine they’re still using the place as a conferenc center as well?-garro

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 23, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Here is an October 1987 ad from the Winnipeg Free Press:
http://tinyurl.com/y93jca8

grandcameo
grandcameo on August 29, 2010 at 5:08 pm

If anyone has any interior shots from over the years, please contact me. I’m trying to archive as much as I can about it.

Any photos in particular of the twin auditoriums or the round concession stand closer to #1 would be great!

RHBUCK
RHBUCK on October 5, 2010 at 1:49 am

Has PT created a booklet on Wicks organ ?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 29, 2011 at 9:19 am

Whatever is left of the former Garrick Cinemas is now called the Garrick Centre. It is a three-venue live performance facility. Click on the “Venues” link on the left side of their page to see photos of the three auditoriums, with links to seating charts. Venues 1 and 2 each feature stadium seating sections, and look as though they might have been carved from the original theater auditorium, but as I never saw the theater I don’t know that they were. It might be a radical reconfiguration within the original building shell.

If the auditorium survives, though, then the house should be listed as open under the name Garrick Centre. Maybe somebody who attended the Garrick Cinemas could check the photos on the Garrick Center web site and see if they look familiar in any way.

This page from the University of Manitoba’s Winnipeg Building Index gives the original construction date of the College Theatre as 1919. If that’s correct, then the 1928 opening event, described by sam_e in the comment of Feb 5, 2005 at 4:53pm, must have been a reopening following major alterations of some sort.

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