Cinema Imperial

1432 Rue de Bleury,
Montreal, QC H3A 2J1

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Cinema Imperial

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The Imperial Theatre opened on April 26, 1913 in downtown Montreal, Quebec. It had a seating capacity of 2,300.

In 1934, the Imperial Theatre was rented to Leo Ernest Ouimet and in 1936, RKO Radio Pictures sold the movie house to Consolidated Theatres.

In 1950, the Imperial Theatre was first renovated and was altered again for Cinerama in 1954.

In 1970, it was sold to Cinema International and was renamed the Cine Centre in 1974. The theater was twinned in 1975 and was renamed the Imperial Theatre in 1976.

In 1980, United Theatres (part of Famous Players) repurchased the Imperial and it was restored and reopened in 1981.

In 1986, the Imperial Theatre became the first cinema in Quebec to receive THX certification. It was donated to the Montreal Film Festival in 1995 by Famous Players.

The Cinema Imperial currently seats 819, and is still a true “Cinema Treasure”.

Contributed by Chad Irish

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edward on October 13, 2003 at 10:32 am

This theatre designed by Albert E. Westover is currently closed for additional restoration (Oct 2003).
A history of this theatre can be found at:

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 21, 2004 at 7:11 pm

I remember visiting this marvelous theatre a number of times in the late 1970s and early 1980s when it was used as one of the venues for Serge Losique’s Montreal World Film Festival.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 13, 2005 at 10:40 am

Here is a photo I took of the Imperial in 1989.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 22, 2006 at 3:37 pm

A view of the proscenium and screen:
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The rear orchestra stalls gangway:
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Logan5 on September 24, 2014 at 12:28 pm

“The Rocketeer” was presented at the Imperial Theatre in 70mm 6-Track THX Dolby Stereo SR beginning on the film’s nationwide release date, Friday June 21, 1991.

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