Zoetic

526 Concession Street,
Hamilton, ON L8V 1A6

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Originally opened in the 1920’s as the Lyceum Theatre. As The Movie Palace, daily movie showing ceased on February 3, 2011, but special events continue.

In 2012 it operated as a live theatre, re-named Mountain Theatre, and the summer of 2012, it was renamed Music Palace. The Music Palace was closed in October 2013. The building reopened on December 31, 2013 as an all-purpose entertainment centre named the Zoetic.

Contributed by Chad Irish

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mrcinema
mrcinema on November 6, 2004 at 2:48 am

Here is some infomation about the Mountain Cinema which is now called
“THE MOVIE PALACE”. It is a restored 1920’s movie theatre that has been converted into a multi- functional facility capable of handling a variety of events and functions. Not just a Digital Movie Theatre, It can accommodate corporate events, weddings, educational programs and seminars to name just a few uses of this unique space. By basing the interior design on an atmospheric movie palace set in a Roman Amphitheatre. It can supply all of the guests with a nostalgic twist combining the golden era of Hollywood and the majesty of Rome.

Upon leaving our Art Deco entrance you will enter the lobby, where you will feel as if outdoors with over 1000 stars twinkling brilliantly to recreate the night sky. Complete with a mosaic entrance hall, the concession stand and bar is conveniently located to your right. A 90 foot hallway of cobblestone floor and limestone walls surround you while walking to our auditorium, transporting you back 2000 years to Imperial Rome. Lining the walls are Corinthian columns and flaming oil lamps set above our beautiful stone arches. Our guests are treated to luxurious red velour cushions set in faux carved stone. Over 80 of these Roman booths are available to seat 3 to 4 people comfortably, enabling us to accommodate 295 people. Every booth comes with its own table suitable for any dining event or conference.

Utilizing the latest in digital projection technology, it can present any digital source including PowerPoint, HDTV, Pay-per-View, gaming, educational programming and of course, movies. The surroundings and a 40 foot BIG SCREEN with 5.1 Digital Surround Sound.

This classic theater was built in the 1920’s as the Lyceum Theater, but in 1940’s the name was changed to The Mountain, then in the 1970’s the name was changed again to the York. Just last year I found out there was two York theaters in Hamilton. One was located in Downtown Hamilton on York Blvd and when It closed in the 1970’s it moved to a new location on the Hamilton Mountain which is now called The Movie Palace.

For more info about this theater please visit The Movie Palace @ www.themoviepalace.com

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 23, 2006 at 5:40 pm

Here is a photo of the Movie Palace.

mortonbg
mortonbg on February 26, 2008 at 10:01 am

I remember attending this cinema in 1979 to see the theatrical release of the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA film. It was called the York at the time.

It was used as a sports store in the 1990’s, with the seats still in the auditorium. I remember seeing bicycles propped up in the aisles.

I have seen a few films now in the remodeled interior and have been impressed with the atmosphere.

spectrum
spectrum on February 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Very interesting interior views (their website is still up) – looks like the audirotium was redone in a new, but classical looking motif. Seating looks like modernist-style church pews. The place looks in great shape and could easily be reopened as a performing arts venue or church.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 3, 2011 at 5:04 pm

According to their website,tonight will be their last showings.

GSZ
GSZ on March 29, 2011 at 8:07 am

My brothers and I went to many Saturday afternoon “mats” at the Mountain Theatre, black and white Batman, The Untouchables, 3 Stooges, Spanky and Our Gang, Topo Gigo, True Grit.

TivFan
TivFan on April 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm

The theater has been leased by Mark Ironside and is being used as an internet television studio. It has officially been renamed the Mountain Theatre. It is also presenting live performances among many other uses. More information (and an auditorium photo) can be found on their web site: www.mountaintheatre.ca There is also a business web site:
www.newMediaSTAR.tv

TivFan
TivFan on October 16, 2012 at 6:57 am

The internet venture, related in the April 29th comment, has failed. The theatre has been leased and will continue presenting live entertainment, etc. The Mountain Theatre name and web site remain the same.
Go to www.thespec.ca for a complete newspaper article about the new venture. Enter “Mountain Theatre” in “Search this site”, and see the October 13th article. There are related articles about the former Movie Palace and its owner.
There is a vintage photo of the Mountain Theatre (c.1948) on the theatre web site (media/news/spec-July 11, 2012)

TivFan
TivFan on April 3, 2013 at 5:58 pm

The comment by Chuck1231 got me wondering. I called the Concession Street Business Association and asked about the Mountain Theatre. The theater is now officially called the Music Palace. It is under new management and is still being used as a live performance venue. Their web site is: musicpalace.ca. I was told they have been operating as the Music Palace for six months. The web site advertises future performances as well as a brief history, technical stats of the equipment and venue and a gallery of performance photos. Check it out.

TivFan
TivFan on January 6, 2014 at 8:43 am

The Music Palace is no longer operating. As of the last weekend in October 2013, the theater had a “closing sale”. An article in the newspaper (The Spectator) related that new owners bought the building for $900,000 and have renamed the building The Zoetic. The new owners are “turning the historic theatre into a multipurpose entertainment centre”. The theatre reopened New Year’s Eve with a 1920’s-theme celebration and show.

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