Loew's Theatre

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

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Opened on November 19, 1917, Loew’s Theatre was Montreal’s grandest movie palace. The theater 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 theater 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 theater 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

Recent comments (view all 30 comments)

mjutras on May 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I worked there in 1978 as an usher, I think we were at least 20 ushers at that time, we had so much fun there, used to go sit behind the big screen in Cinema1. On Saturday nights all ushers were working at the same time, each of us were making animal noises in the main lobby, it sounded like a real jungle. I remember lots of cool people from that time, unfortunately they are all only in memory.

dkidger on June 5, 2012 at 11:09 am

my dad was manger of loews in 1960,s and i used to play in the theater as i grew up i explored .Ifound a basment with tunnels that ran under the theater as far the sun life building loews was a grand theater

rivest266 on June 5, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Fire insurance plan of the theatre at http://services.banq.qc.ca/sdx/cep/document.xsp?app=ca.BAnQ.sdx.cep&db=notice&id=0000174385&n=89&col=pai&order=ascendant&f=region_nav&v=montreal%23%23%23Montr%C3%A9al&sortfield=date_publication&&p=5&chpp=20&dbrqp=query_notice&qid=sdx_q0&eview=CARTES_PLANS/174385/174385_59.tif

The theatre was heated from a building at the site of 4 PVM. The heat went underneath Mansfield to the Sun Life Bdg and than to the Loew’s.

DavidDymond on December 16, 2013 at 10:43 pm

This theatre was originally built by a consortium of people for Loew’s but didn’t do very well — so Famous Players Canadian Corporation acquired this theatre in around 1927. The operating name was Mansfield Theatre Company.

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.

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