Savoy Theatre

24 Merrick Street,
Hamilton, ON

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mortonbg on February 29, 2008 at 4:00 pm

This theatre was built on the site of the (1867) Star Theatre, a much smaller legitimate stage that predated the 1880 Grand Opera House.

You can see this clearly in postcards of Market Square.

I believe it was built around 1908 or 1910.

It was a long narrow theatre with two balconies and a full size stage. HPL special collections has an interior picture

There is a picture of the proscenium arch on page 128 in John Lindsey’s book TURN OUT THE STARS BEFORE LEAVING

schmadrian on May 24, 2006 at 11:26 am

The Savoy was a class joint. It did a great business during its open years, from 1906/07 (I’m still working on this) through to 1955. In the immediate neighbourhood was the Wonderland/Colonial/Princess/Tivoli, the Grand Opera House/Downtown, the Royal, and the York…and this doesn’t include those more than five minutes away…or the non-cinema theatres.

It took me a while to figure out where it had been locate, as the downtown core had been completely redesigned when Lloyd D Jackson Square was built in the early 70s and Merrick Street doesn’t exist anymore. However, thanks to the Hamilton Public Library’s Special Collections staff, now I know…and a parking garage now occupies the location.

hamiltonmark on December 31, 2004 at 8:10 pm

NOTE. When going to the above site. click on postcards and then key in subject, “theatres” mark

hamiltonmark on December 31, 2004 at 8:07 pm

This theatre was located on Merrick street in downtown Hamilton. It was built in 1905. There is a side view of this theatre beside the Hotal Stoud( ALSO DEMOLISHED) AT Mark