Ouimetoscope

1204 St. Catherine Street East,
Montreal, QC H2X

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Nice 1908 photo.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Nice 1908 photo.

marinermc
marinermc on May 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm

I’m not so sure about this language: “In Montreal, Canada, on August 31st 1907, the world’s first and largest cinema theatre, the OUIMETOSCOPE, was inaugurated.”

The Electric Theatre in California (purpose-built) predates it by 5 years.

spectrum
spectrum on May 11, 2010 at 9:21 am

Correct link to the 1908 photo:

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Accoring to an article in the Montreal Gazette this is not the original builkding – that was demolished and rebuilt some years ago – from the photos above, the current building appears to date from the early 1960s.

rivest266
rivest266 on May 6, 2010 at 5:33 pm

There are plans to reopen this theatre as Avant-Garde http://www.youtube.com/user/AVANTGARDETHEATRE

rivest266
rivest266 on May 9, 2009 at 11:24 am

Lost Memory, All address has been re-numbered in Montreal in the 1920’s. Gerald, The Festival was in the same building, it later became Ouimetoscope 2 in later years. Most old nickelodeons in Quebec had the word scope at the end of the name.

socal09
socal09 on February 20, 2006 at 9:55 pm

A recent view of the Ouimetoscope (closed since early 90’s) and the commemorative plaque placed to the left of the entrance. <hr>
http://www.tighsolas.ca/page467.html
Newspaper article announcing opening of the first theatre in the world devoted exclusively to showing movies. Opened January 1, 1906 and replaced the following year by a larger theatre by the owner, Leo-Ernest Ouimet. <hr>
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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 26, 2005 at 8:49 am

I found out that I saw these two movies there on August 23, 1983. One was La terrazza by Ettore Scola. It was dubbed in French, as was their preference here. The other was Carlos Saura’s Blood Wedding, which I believe is wordless and a ballet. Don’t any Montrealers remember or care about this respected place? Why am I, someone from Providence, Rhode Island, the only one to post?

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on May 29, 2005 at 11:38 am

Was this place ever known as the Cinema Festival? I have an ad from the 1960s for the Bertolucci film “Before the Revolution” playing at the “Cinema Festival” at 1206 St. Catherine East. 1206 & 1204 sound like they might be the same place. If not, what was the Cinema Festival?

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 11, 2005 at 9:19 am

I remember admiring the repertory programming of the Ouimetoscope from afar. I’m from Providence. The cinema often showed films that were hard to see elsewhere, although virtually everything non-French was dubbed in French. I believe I went here only once. Don’t remember what I saw. Here is a photo I took around 1989.
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