Cinema L'Amour

4015 Boul St-Laurent,
Montreal, QC H2W 1Y3

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Previously operated by: Pussycat Theatres

Functions: Movies (Adult)

Styles: Beaux-Arts

Previous Names: Globe Theatre, Hollywood Theatre, Cinema D'Orsay, Pussycat Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 514.849.6227

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Cinema L'Amour

Opened in 1914 as the 600-seat Globe Theatre. In the 1920’s and 1930’s it played Yiddish movies. In 1932 it was renamed Hollywood Theatre. It became an adult movie theatre operated by the Pussycat Theatres chain. On July 31, 1981 it was renamed Cinema L'Amour and is Montreal’s last X-rated theatre. With seating in orchestra & balcony levels, the interior survives in somewhat original condition. By 2023 only the orchestra seating area is used (it has 375-seats). The balcony is unused.

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rivest266 on December 18, 2003 at 12:19 am

October 15, 1914 as the Globe, this theatre was a neighbourhood house and sometime Yiddish plays were performed there.
* 1932 renamed as Hollywood.
* 1965 renamed as Cinema D' Orsay
* 1969 renamed as Pussycat started adult programming
* 1981 renamed as L'Armour,

this is now the last adult cinema in Montréal.

edward on May 1, 2004 at 7:53 pm

From an article in this week’s MIRROR newspaper ‘The A to Z of Montreal Porn’:

‘Boasting the largest triple-X screen in North America, this revered palace of pud-pulling on St-Laurent and Duluth St. has been packing in porn-loving customers into seats since the late 1960’s (named at the time the PussyCat). Renamed L'Amour in 1977, it has since undergone extensive renovations, most recently the addition of the balcony couples’ lounge. Despite the carpet being stained from spilled drinks and cigarette burns and littered with bunches of Kleenex (available at the concessions stand in the lobby), the actual architecture remains a beautiful, if run-down, neo-classical mixture of ornate mouldings and Ionic columns. Appropriately, L'Amour has a rich history: it opened in 1880 (??) as the Globe, a vaudeville theatre, and is rumoured to be the site where Harry Houdini received his fatal blow from a McGill student in 1926.‘ (Houdini later died in Detroit from a ruptured appendix caused by the severe punches to his stomach)

An ad fo the theatre in the same publication reads: Free entrance for couples every Monday + Tuesday $ Private VIP section $ Meet people with siimilar desires.

frank098 on July 29, 2004 at 7:31 am

I have attended this theater on a few occassions and must admit it is a great establishment.
It’s great to have a place where you can go in, relax and relieve a little tension.
The price of admission is decent at 8$, However for nearly the same price you can buy a previously viewed film of the same rating at super club videotrons around the city.
It’s location is easily accessable, but located on a very busy street of montreal, wso hen your going to enter the place anyone on the street see’s exactly what your going into, and more often than not may let off a sniker.
The seating is confortable and arranged nicely.
My main complaint would be the fact that some other people in the theater can become annoying, What i mean by this is often many individuals are walking around checking the place out, although they are doing it on the side aisles and dont disrupt your view they do become annoying at times. Plus often they will be scoping out a place to sit and may end up disturbing you while in mid enjoyment, For example once i was there, and the theater was certainly not packed, perhaps 100 people there, I was alone in a row, and the row in front of me and back of me was empty at the time, instead this person decides to come and sit beside me, which disturbed me and caused me to move to establish a comfort zone, sometimes they sit right behind you as well, I know i sound picky however it often seems intentional since there is so many other empty seats to choose from.
I would certainly reccommend the theater to anyone, especially those who may be shy to go and buy or rent porn. Or those who have just turned 18 and would like to check out a X rated establishment.
The city may have many strip clubs, but more often than not your cover charge is 8$ and then you’ll have to buy a overpriced drink, and possibly not even touch the girls, so going to this theater would be much more enjoyable and money smart.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 29, 2004 at 12:47 pm

Above poster is a true cinephile who doesn’t wish to be disturbed in a porno house. So knock it off already. Please stay out of his comfort zone. Thank you.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 29, 2005 at 5:22 pm

I see from the website (posted above by edward on Oct 22, 2003), that the upper balcony is now used as a ‘Private VIP’ section, where you can watch the movie from a private box or on loungers located on 3 levels. Obviously the best place to see the movies without having others invade your ‘comfort zone’.

vman on May 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm

hi i was wondering how couples friendly this thearter is , and if anyone had any ifo on this

robert on November 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm

i recently went to the cinema lamour it was a great experiance the staff greet you like you were part of a big family one of the managers has been there off and on for 30 years and he has now returned full time he has the people skills to make you feel so welcome in his theater and he is very proud of the building the movies are playing in he knows the whole history of the theater since it was built in 1914 and he is very proud to dicuss it all in all a big thumbs up for cinema lamour we will be back again as soon as we get back in montreal

rivest266 on January 22, 2012 at 12:27 am

November 28th, 1969 grand opening ad has been posted here. VAMP is the name of the cat in the logo, which means Very Adult Motion Pictures.

fantasy_n on July 6, 2013 at 8:42 pm

I would like to bring a lady friend there …. we both 49 yo, she’s blond, 5'6, 34b, 108# and shave , me 180#, 7 ½ shave and bi-bottom (only), we will be visiting in septembre 2013 so im planning ahead … looking for male, voyeur/maybe participant …. play safe only ….

rivest266 on October 8, 2013 at 12:40 am

This reopened as L'Amour on July 31st, 1981. Grand opening ads in English and French has been uploaded here.

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