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

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 12, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Thanks Mike for the information.

robboehm
robboehm on March 2, 2011 at 3:10 am

While in Montreal for Expo 67 I saw Two For the Road here. English with French subtitles. As with smart films playing in foreign markets (I remember the audience in Ghent at a Touch of Class sitting silently while I was laughing)it didn’t go over too well with the locals.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 4, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I posted a postcard picture along with the grand opening ads from 1917 and 1976.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on January 4, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Thanks for posting the photo and Ads rivest266.

mjutras
mjutras on May 14, 2012 at 9:18 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
dkidger on June 5, 2012 at 4:09 pm

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
rivest266 on June 6, 2012 at 12:01 am

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
DavidDymond on December 17, 2013 at 3:43 am

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 3:54 pm

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
MJP on January 12, 2014 at 7:27 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.

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