Bonaventure Theatre

800 Rue de la Gauchetiere Ouest,
Montreal, QC

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Opened 1967. Twinned down the middle like a bowling alley 1975-1976. Closed 1992.

Owners:

1967 National General Theatres (formerly Fox West Coast Theatres)

1973 Canadian Theatres

1978 Canadian Odeon

1984 Cineplex Odeon

The theatre showed porno movies from 1969-1978. This theatre and nearby Place Victoria showed “Star Wars” starting June 24,1977. Gutted in 2001.

Contributed by Mike Rivest

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rivest266
rivest266 on December 20, 2009 at 3:50 pm

This cinema opened on April 19th, 1967 with “How to Suceed in Business without really trying” ad and article is at
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The cinema closed during the summer 1967 due to construction noise. It never did that well except during the opening of Star Wars.

rivest266
rivest266 on December 23, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Peter Lawford imprinted his hands and name in the cement of this cinema in 1965. View link

I never have seen it.

ohserase
ohserase on January 26, 2012 at 10:18 am

After it was split in two, showed porno films. I found the ads in old Montreal Star microfilm. After “Star Wars” it kept playing first run films.

rivest266
rivest266 on May 6, 2013 at 12:21 pm

The adult cinema policy started in 1970 until it was split in 1976. It closed in 1992 when the new passageway to the Bonaventure Metro at 1000 Rue de la Gauchetière opened up routed the foot traffic away from Place Bonaventure. Place Bonaventure is now a very busy office complex

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