Cinema Quartier Latin

858 Rue St. Catherine Est,
Montreal, QC H2L 2G2

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Previously operated by: Famous Players, United Theatres

Previous Names: Fleur de Lys, Capitol, Mon Cinema, Universite

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Cinema Quartier Latin

The Fleur de Lys opened March 31, 1967 by Michel Custom, it was purchased in 1984 by United Theatres and changed its name to the Capitol. In 1987, the name changed to Mon Cinema. In 1987, the name changed again to Universite (Universite du Quebec au Montreal is nearby.)

In 1990 Famous Players sold the theater and it became Cinema Quartier Latin. The 603-seat theater closed in 1994.

Contributed by Mike Rivest

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edward on October 13, 2003 at 5:10 pm

Correct spelling of theatre name is FLEUR DE LYS.
Reopened a few years ago as the still very popular after hours nightclub STEREO (capacity 1200) The interior was very plain and has been retrofitted. The original ticket booth is still used to sell tickets. DJ Angel Moraes was a former owner. It’s claim to fame is: “Stereo’s sound system, the #1 rated analog sound system in the world."
Photos of the current interior can be viewed at:
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PAULB on January 25, 2004 at 2:25 am

You can’t see anything.

jamesf on September 30, 2006 at 2:02 pm

The facade of the theatre remains virtually unchanged. It features a large bas-releif poured concrete sculpture in a vaguely haida style that has been appropriated into the brutalist vernacular of the building. The entry vestibule preserves the terrazo floors, which feature steel fleur de lys insets. The original massive oak ticket booth remains, and the poured concrete details in the stairwell remain unpainted and original, as do the solid oak handrails, and the suspended oak ceiling treatment.

The original tile decoration in the stairwell was (unfortunately, and under protest) removed in 2000 to make way for a new coatcheck, and the rest of the theatre has undergone extensive modifications including new walls, and the leveling of the floor. The condition of the space when the club began construction necessitated the majority of this work. The bathrooms have been renovated, and the original candy counter has been removed.

Wherever possible, a genuine attempt was made by the original management to preseve the character of the theatre, and its brutalist style elements, which recall the work of Louis Kahn. Cosmetic details such as carpet, fiberglass furnishings and lighting have been removed and replaced, although in many instances the original structure exists buried under paint and other structures. Oak details removed from the main space have been re-used as benches in the club.

Stereo is currently open to the public, and continues to use the space and preserve the theatre, and many of its characteristics.

socal09 on July 4, 2008 at 6:22 am

This former movie theatre, now a popular after-hours club called Stereo, was severely damaged by fire on July 3, 2008.

rivest266 on November 27, 2016 at 1:53 pm
  • Le 31 mars 1967, l'annonce d'ouverture officielle Fleur De Lys et ainsi que le 21 Décembre 1984 ad Capitol se trouve dans la section de photos pour ce cinéma.

  • The March 31st, 1967 grand opening ad as Fleur De Lys and as well as the December 21st, 1984 ad as Capitol can be found in the photo section for this cinema.

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