Barrymore's Music Hall

323-325 Bank Street,
Ottawa, ON K2P

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Barrymore's Music Hall

Opened August 24, 1914 as “Canada’s Theatre Beautiful”, the Imperial Theatre seated 1,091, and was Ottawa’s classiest movie theatre until the opening of the Loew’s in 1920. For years it catered to children with Saturday serials.

The Imperial Theatre closed as a movie theatre in 1955. It was split horizontally to accommodate retail uses along the sidewalk while the Beaux-Arts auditorium upstairs is still largely intact. In 1971 it became Pandora’s Box striptease club. Since 1978 it has functioned as Barrymore’s Music Hall, one of Canada’s top live music venues. Using the former balcony area which is now a multi-tiered room with 6-levels on 3 floors, the capacity is now 400.

Contributed by Alain Miguelez

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 29, 2019 at 10:43 am

Became Pandora’s Box strip club in 1971. Timeline and history in below links with photos.

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/timeline-imperial-theatre-pandoras-box-barrymores-music-hall

https://lindaseccaspina.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/memories-of-pandoras-box/

http://wheelehouse.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-imperial-theatre.html

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