Hitchin' Post Theatre

219 8th Avenue SE,
Calgary, AB T2G 2M3

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Hitchin' Post Theatre

The Empress Theatre was opened on March 4, 1911. In 1926 it was taken over by Famous Players.

The Hitchin' Post Theatre was opened by Famous Players on December 26, 1949 with William Benix in “Life of Riley” & Johnny Mack Brown in “Prairie Express”. According to a December 24, 1949 article in the Calgary Herald it was decorated in Western themes and played western, action and comedy films.

The Hitchin' Post Theatre was closed in 1959 and was subsequently renovated for retail.

Contributed by Mark

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ScreenClassic
ScreenClassic on January 12, 2013 at 12:48 am

Here is the Calgary Herald article from December 24, 1949 describing the upcoming opening of the Hitchin' Post Theatre.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on February 17, 2013 at 9:17 pm

This theatre was operated jointl by Mr.K.M.Leach and Famous Players Canadian Corporation.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 8, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Grand opening ad uploaded in the photo section.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 11, 2018 at 5:00 pm

This opened as Empress on March 4th, 1911. Grand opening ad posted.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 11, 2018 at 5:55 pm

The book Reel Time: Movie Exhibitors and Movie Audiences in Prairie Canada, 1896 to 1986, by Robert Morris Seiler and Tamara Palmer Seiler says that the Empress Theatre was designed by architects Harry S. Burroughs and J. Bernard Richards. Other sources give the names as S. Harry Burroughs and John B. Richards. The partnership of Burroughs & Richards was only in operation from around 1909 to 1913.

The 425-seat auditorium was built at the back of an existing building, which was remodeled with an arched entrance through former retail space for the theater. Originally built for the Winnipeg-based Starland Theatre Company, by 1926 the Empress was listed in the FDY as a Famous Players house.

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