Theatre Francais

59 Sainte-Catherine Street East,
Montreal, QC H2X 1K5

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1955 photo via the American Stars on Wheels Facebook page.

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Opened in 1884 as the Theatre Francais, the name was changed to Billy Moore’s Lyceum in 1905. In 1920, Loew’s took over and renovated and renamed it Loew’s Court Theatre. In 1924, it is renamed back to the Theatre Francais. In 1960, the policy changed to French movies and the name was changed again in 1970 to Eros Cinema and began showing adult films.

The theater closed in 1981 and reopened in 1986 as Metropolis, a nightclub and concert venue.

Contributed by Mike Rivest

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edward
edward on April 28, 2004 at 4:04 pm

This huge theatre still functions as a popular nightclub and concert venue. The beautiful marble lobby is still intact although the auditorium and massive U-shaped balcony have been substantially modernised. Located in Montreal’s east end red-light district and one of the city’s most unique spaces. No pictures available but current info can be found here:
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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Another one time Loews house,Wow.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Here is a postcard showing an early 1900s view of the Français.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I just added a 1955 photo of the Theatre Francais I found on Facebook.

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