Montreal Movie Theatre History 1930-1962

March 7 1930
The Monkland opens, closed and gutted in March 1985.

March 28 1930
United Theatres opens the Granada at 4353 Ste Catherine Est.
Timeline:
* 1976 The Granada is closed.
* October 14 1977 Reopens as Theatre Denise-Pelletier.



December 24 1931
Confederated Amusements Opens the Chateau at 6956 St Denis at Belanger.
Timeline:
* 1940's Switched to French double bills.
* about 1950 The Canopy is replaced.
* 1976 It is twinned.
* 1982 The Chateau  is closed.


February 1937
United Theatres opens the Snowdon on Decarie near Queen Mary.
Timeline:
* 1968 Switches to X-rated movies
* 1972 Shows Charlie Caplin movies for about a year.
* 1982 Closed, now stores.



February 26 1938
Confederated Amusements Opens the Savoy in Verdun. It closes in 1973.


November 18 1938
United Theatres opens the York at 1487 Ste. Catherine West near Guy, it closes in 1987



1939
Openings:
Perron (Superior Theatres then Odeon)
Stella (C. Auclair)
Beaubien (Superior Theatres then Odeon)


1940
Openings
5th Avenue in Verdun (Standard Amusements)

Gone With The Wind opens at the Loews



1941
The Kent is opened on Sherbrooke at Hingston.
Timeline:
* 1950 apx.  Sold to United Theatres.
* 1980 Split into two cinemas.
* 1987 landlord fails to renew lease to Famous Players, it closes.
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Openings:
Villeray (Part of Odeon)

Changes:
Newsreel (Was Cinema de Paris.)



1943
Changes:
Victory from Newsreel



1945
Orleans opens.
Changes:
Victory to Cinema de Paris.

Openings:
Normandie in Ville St Laurent (United Theatres), Ahunstic (United Theatres)



1947
Openings:
Bijou (France-Film), Avenue (United Theatres), Cremazie (Odeon)



1948
Openings:
Ritz, Mericer (Odeon)


1949
Openings:
Lasalle, Centre, Vogue, Avon (United Theatres), National, Empire, Champlain (Odeon),
Commodore in Cartierville closes in 1993 now a video store., La Scala, Van Horne (United Theatres)



1952
Openings:
Lido



1953
Openings:
Gesu, Radio City, Alouette, Riviera

Closings:
Perron, Gesu



October 1953
The Palace shows the first wide-screen movie.


Dec 1954
Cinerama Arrives at the Imperial.
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1955
Openings:
Melody, Lucerne (United Theatres)
Closings:
Fairyland, Canada, Maisonneuve, Normandie, Lasalle (Reopen later as one of the "La Quebecois" Theatres


1957
Openings:
Piagalle on St Catherine east.
Closings:
Cartier, Centre, Vogue, Lido, Radio City


1958
Closings:
Gayety, Avon


1959
The Belmont is demolished.
Closings:
Corona, Melody

1959
Confederated Amusements is taken over by United Theatres.



1960
The Capri Theatre is opened,
Timeline:
* 1974 Vincenzo Guzzo buys it and renames it Cinema Paradis
* 1976 It is split into 3 cinemas.
Closings:
Cinema de Paris


1961
Quebec's first twin theares opens, the Elyssee 2
Closings: Century and the Fifth Avenue.


April 13 1962
United Theatre Opens the Dorval Theatres twin.
Timeline:
* 1977 A third screen is added
* 1986 Renovated and a forth screen is added.
* January 2000 The Dorval is closed.
* Reopens June 2001

Openings:
Place-Ville-Marie 2 (Townart-Famous Players)

Closings: Regent, Empress, Stella,
 

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