Papineau Theatre

4519 Avenue Papineau,
Montreal, QC H2H 1K6

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Papineau Theatre

Opened in 1921, this theater added a new marquee around 1940. In 1977, the Papineau was twinned and started showing adult films. In 1982, it was briefly known as the Cinema X.

In 1987, the Papineau Theatre was bought by Germain Cadieux and reopened as a repertory cinema.

It closed in 1988 and was last operated by United Amusements. After closing as a cinema, it later served as a bingo hall. By 2018 it was in use as a recreational center featuring rock climbing & yoga classes.

Contributed by Mike Rivest

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 11, 2005 at 3:42 pm

Here is a photo I took of the Papineau around 1989.
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 6, 2018 at 2:43 am

The January 1, 1921, issue of Moving Picture World had this to say about the Papineau Theatre:

“Papineau Theatre Will Soon Open in Montreal

“Montreal, Quebec, will soon have another new moving picture theatre when the Papineau opens February 1 by the United Amusements, Ltd., which already operates the Regent Theatre. The Papineau will have 1,600 seats. The equipment includes two Simplex projection machines and a Wurlitzer organ. Programs will be changed twice weekly and prices will range up to 28 cents.

“Mr. Ganetakos is the managing director of the company and E. F. McMahon is the secretary-treasurer. E. Cousins is president and I. Crepeau, vice-president. These men hold similar positions in the Independent Amusement, Ltd., which operates the Strand and Moulin Rouge theatres, Montreal.”

The Papineau Theatre was designed by architect Daniel John Crighton, according to a mini-biography of him (in French) on this web page.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 6, 2018 at 3:01 am

Also, it is no longer in use as a bingo hall. The Papineau Theatre is now the location of a recreation center called Zero Gravite climbing & yoga (web site with a couple of photos showing a bit of surviving architectural detail.)

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