Victory Theatre

221 20th Street East,
Saskatoon, SK S6V 1K7

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The Empire Theatre opened its doors on December 29, 1910 its name was due to its adjacent location to a hotel of the same name. It opened with a production of Glibert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore". It began life as a live stage venue, showcasing the likes of Harry Lauder, Sophie Tucker and Eva Tanguay. In 1914 it was equipped to screen films, which were presented when there was no stage show or as part of the programme. However, after its sale in 1930, the Victory Theatre was transformed into a full-time motion picture house. It was closed by Odeon Theatre (Canada) Ltd. sometime in the mid-1950’s.

The building currently services the poor and those in need of extra care.

Contributed by Elissa Hamilton

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Azzaelea
Azzaelea on July 29, 2009 at 3:24 am

Picture of Victory Theatre exterior here, circa ‘43 (third down)—>
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Azzaelea
Azzaelea on July 29, 2009 at 3:26 am

Grand opening of Empire (aka. Victory) here, cira 1910 (2nd down)—>
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Azzaelea
Azzaelea on July 29, 2009 at 3:28 am

Pictures and lengthy article on Empire (aka. Victory)—>
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 28, 2017 at 7:24 pm

The Empire Theatre was designed by the Regina architectural firm of Storey & Van Egmond (Edgar M. Storey and William Gysbert Van Egmond.) The house opened on December 29, 1910, with a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta “H.M.S. Pinafore” featuring members of the Saskatoon Amateur Operatic Society. Renovations in 1918 made it possible to show moving pictures more frequently, but occasional stage production were still mounted after the Empire became a full-time movie house.

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