Northstar Cinema 1 & 2

286 Portage Avenue,
Winnipeg, MB R3C

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Previously operated by: Famous Players

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Northstar Cinemas 1 & 2

The Northstar 1 & 2 was located in downtown Winnipeg and opened on March 4, 1970 with Barbra Streisand in “Hello Dolly” & Jan Fonda in “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”.

The theaters had two giant screens with over 500 seats in each auditorium. The theaters were later THX-certified with DTS sound.

Sadly, the Northstar 1 & 2 closed in 2001.

Contributed by Chad Irish

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grandcameo on February 1, 2005 at 2:19 pm

Just to add one thing: It did have Dolby Stereo, but was also never THX certified.

dwm on February 1, 2005 at 3:46 pm

WHen the North star closed the seating capacity had been changed it changed in 1989 when all of the seats had been removed and refurbished. The counts changed due to the width of the seat rows being changed to make more leg room.

As well Northstar 1 did have digital it was capable of playing 70mm which was magnetic.

dwm on February 1, 2005 at 6:12 pm

Yes 286 Portage ave is or was the correct address

PGlenat on February 1, 2005 at 6:21 pm

The Northstar was located more or less on the site of the earlier Lyceum theater which was demolished in 1968 along with most of that city block to make way for the Radisson Hotel and parking garage.

grandcameo on February 1, 2005 at 7:27 pm

I frequently talk to Famous Player’s equipment company, which handles installing and ripping out equipment. I have been informed by several different people, including an employee who worked there back in the 80s/90s that it never had digital- only stereo.

FilmExhibitor on February 20, 2005 at 8:51 pm

I not only worked at the Northstar as an usher (my first job) but later became the General Manager for Famous Players overseeing this cinema. I was saddened to close it, but more interesting was that we re-opened it less than a year later. The Northstar continued to operate for around six months before it was closed (again) for the last time.

grandcameo on April 27, 2006 at 8:48 am

Anyone have any pictures of this theatre?

Projectorguy on July 7, 2008 at 8:53 pm

The Northstar never had digital sound but did have 70mm capability with magnetic sound. The sound processor was a Dolby CP200 and I must admit that the sound quality came very close to current digital formats. In 35mm mode the CP200 was standard 4.1 sound (L,C,R,S + OBE).

DavidDymond on February 3, 2013 at 4:36 pm

This theatre was built by Western Theatres Limited and Famous Players Canadian Corp. Richard Miles, president of Western Theatres Limited was the name of the partner. Western Theatres owned and operated 20 theatres in and around Winnipeg during the theatre heydays!!

rivest266 on February 25, 2022 at 1:21 am

March 4th, 1970 grand opening ad posted.

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