Loew's Theatre

952 Rue Sainte. Catherine Ouest,
Montreal, QC H3B 1H1

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Loew's Theatre, Montreal, Quebec - 1931

Opened on November 19, 1917, Loew’s Theatre was Montreal’s grandest movie palace. The theatre originally featured vaudeville before becoming a venue solely for motion pictures in 1940.

Loew’s Theatre closed in 1975 after the last showing of "Jaws". In December 1976, the theatre reopened with five screens with cinema one in the former orchestra area, cinema three in the balcony, cinema two over the orchestra, and cinema four and five in the backstage area. The opening movie was "King Kong" in all five cinemas, French in Cinema 1 and Italian in Screen 3.

The Loew’s Theatre was closed in October 1999, then part of the Famous Players chain.

During 2000 the division between the five screens was demolished, restoring the original single auditorium configuration.

Club Med World opened in the former theatre building in 2001, but closed in March, 2003. Since 2004, the former lobby area has been used for retail, while the former auditorium was transformed into a gym in 2005.

Contributed by Mike Rivest

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Brad Smith
Brad Smith on January 12, 2014 at 10:54 am

With the help of Jay Schmitt, I was recently able to identify this photograph taken by George Mann as Loew’s Theatre in Montreal as it appeared in 1931.

MJP on January 12, 2014 at 2:27 pm

When you go into the health club you can see how this could easily be restoredas a performing arts centre. It is such a waste as a health club.

Come one Evenko step up to the plate and make it happen.

theatrefan on February 12, 2015 at 1:56 pm

Does anybody have any photo’s of this theatre in it’s current condition? I hope a lot of Lamb’s details survived in the transitions from the Famous Players Five-plex to Club Med World to it’s current use as retail & gym.

rivest266 on May 28, 2016 at 3:01 pm

Theatre fan, try Street View.

17 décembre 1976 langue française ouverture publicité

theatrefan on July 17, 2016 at 11:30 am

Thanks rivest266, currently in Street View the entrance looks it got turned into a LOLE Clothing store after Foot Locker moved out last year.

ohserase on October 25, 2016 at 3:47 pm

Last movie I saw there was “Boogie Nights” on October 31st, 1997. Cinema 3. Loved going to the Loews as it was part of Montreal cinema history. When split into 5 screens, the designer did his best to keep the original look. Unlike the Palace, when gutted into 6 screens, all of it’s former glory was gone. I read that the Capitol, torn down in 1973, was Montreal’s grandest movie palace.

bluegrass on August 4, 2017 at 8:47 pm

I am very interested reading a post by dkidger from June 5 , 2012. He states that his father was manager at this Loews in Montreal in the 1960’s. Interestingly , my uncle John Peter Reidy was also a manager at that Loews late 50’s until the night he died at his desk in the theatre on September 9 , 1962. My sister was the last person in the family to see him alive. He would always tell us to come on down to Loews and ask for him at the entrance. He was also a member of the Canadian Motion Pictures Pioneers Association , having spent several years in Los Angeles working as an actor for Universal during the Silent era. If anyone can add to this I would be grateful as I am trying to find out as much as I can about his days in Los Angeles.

DavidZornig on December 3, 2017 at 8:27 pm

1955 photo added via Michael Granger.

rivest266 on August 21, 2019 at 7:41 pm

PRESERVATION ALERT: To be torn down for condos ?

The gym in the auditorium section of the old Loew’s will close in September. https://www.narcity.com/nouvelles/ca/qc/montreal/le-club-athletique-mansfield-a-montreal-ferme-ses-portes-a-la-fin-du-mois-daout

La propriété du Mansfield à Montréal située au coin des rues Mansfield et Sainte-Catherine Ouest a été vendue le 31 juillet dernier à des promoteurs immobiliers.

Effectivement, il semblerait qu'après des années à refuser de vendre, le propriétaire a finalement cédé alors que le gym aurait perdu 1 000 membres depuis leurs meilleures années. Cette diminution de clientèle serait due à l'évolution rapide de l'industrie du fitness et le Mansfield n'aurait pas suivi la tendance.


Our firm is proud to announce that its real estate team, led by Me Nicolas Beaulieu and Me Émilie Therrien, had the privilege to assist and advise the owner of 1230 Mansfield Street, a landmark building housing the Mansfield Athletic Club in the heart of Downtown Montreal, in the negotiation of the offer to purchase and the sale of this property for more than $20 million to Brivia Group, which intends to redevelop the building.

HowardBHaas on August 21, 2019 at 10:05 pm

Photo of this theater’s auditorium as gym http://www.montrealinfo.com/en/news/2019-08-13/closure-of-the-mansfield-athletic-club

scroll to last photo of this theater’s auditorium as Club Med https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/little-trace-remains-of-montreals-glamorous-theatre-era

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