Montreal Cinema History 1963-1977
by Mike Rivest

1963
Openings:
Cine Weekend 3860 St Urbain, Festival (On St Catherine east)

the Orpheum is demolished for an office building.

Closings:
Her Majesty's, Orleans, National.

Changes:
Princess to Le Parisian

Sept 27 1963
United Theatres opens the Place Versilles twin
Timeline:

* 1980 An third screen is added
* 1986 Relocated in the mall with 6 new screens.
* 2001 Prices discounted when StarCite opens nearby.

1964
Openings:
Monanco in Ville St Emard, Regal, Montreal, Majestic
Changes:
Beaubien to Le Dauphin
Closings:
Ahunstic

1965
Openings:
Vendome at Place Victoria and the Jean Talon Cinema.
Changes: Hollywood to Cinema D'Orsay

1966
Openings:
Figaro (Papineau and Mount Royal), St Stanislas, Verdi, Place Longueuil (NGC Cinemas), Fairview Twin (Famous Players)

Changes:
Rosemount to Montcalm
Closings:
Laval

1967
Openings:
Art, Fler de Lys, Maisonneuve, Cinema at Westmount Square (United Theatres), Place Du Canada (Odeon)
Closings:

Astor in St Lambert, Figaro, St Stanislas

1967
Fler de Lys
Timeline
* 1984 United Theatres buys it and  changes the name to Capitol
* 1987 name changes to Mon Cinema
* 1987 name changes to Universite
* 1990 Famous Player sells it and it became Cinema Quarter Latin
* 1994 Closed.

April 24 1967
National General Cinemas opens The Place Bonaventure cinema

Timeline:
* 1970 Changes policy to porno movies.
* 1975 closes
* 1976 Twinned
* June 24 1977 Star Wars opens
* 1992 Closed by Cineplex Odeon due to low attendance.

Odeon opens the Cinema Atwater at Alexis Nihon Plaza.
Timeline:

* Augest 22 1969 A Second cinema opens upstairs at the Fashion Level.

* 1979 cinema I  (downstairs) is twinned
* 1982 E. T. is shown.
* 1986 The cinema at the Fashion Level is closed to make way for a fast food court and an smaller cinema is fitted on the other side of the two other cinemas.
* Jan. 3, 2001 closes.

August 18 1967
United Theatres opens the Greenfield Park Twin cinemas on the south shore.

Timeline:
* 1981 An third cinema is added
* 1995 Becomes a discount cinema.
* 1997 Closes.

1968
Openings:
Cinema V (See Empress), Midi-Minuit (Porno), Cote de Neiges 2 (NGC Cinemas), The Film Box in St Anne de Bellevue, Guy (Metro), Cinema de Paris.





Changes:
Strand to Pigalle (Pornos)
Amherst to Arleqluin
Closings:
Empire.

March 15 1968
Famous Players opens the Cinema Laval twin Theatres.

Timeline:
* August 22, 1975 Becomes the first multiplex cinemas in Quebec with five cinemas.

* May 24, 1991 Became the largest multiplex in the Famous Players chain with 12 cinemas.

1969
Openings:
Galeries D'Anjou (Famous Players), Berri, Cinema 7e art
Changes:

Atwater second cinema added

Cinema D' Orsay to Pussycat

Dauphin adds second cinema.
Closings:
Place Laurier, Cine Weekend.

1970
Openings:
Pierrot (Next to St Denis Theatre), Cine Parc Boucherville (Quebec's First Drive-In)

Changes:
Français to Eros

Plaza twinned
Rivoli twinned
Closings:
Monanco.

August 14 1970
The Cine-Parc Chateauguay opens in Ville Mericer. It is Canada's First Bilingual All-Year Drive-In (They lied), 2 more screens are added in 1980, it is now part of the Cineplex Odeon chain.
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1971
Openings:
Cine Parc Dollard 2 (United Th.),

Cine Parc Mt. St. Hialre, Cine Parc St Mathieu
Changes:
Art to Piccadilly

Midway to Eve

Closings:
Lido, Verdi

October 29, 1971
Cinema du Vieux Montreal opens.

Timeline:
* 1974 Renamed Encore 2 and becomes the first gay porno cinema.
* 1975 Renamed as Babette and Brigette and show pornos, closes later in 1975

November 5 1971
Cine Parc St Eustache Twin opens.

Timeline:
* 1972 An third screen is added
* 1978 two more screens is added making five screens in all.
It is Canada's biggest Drive-in complex and the biggest Drive-In outside of the United States of America.

1972
Openings
Chevalier, Videographe
Changes:
Cine Parc St Eustache to 3 screens.

1973
Openings:
Cine Parc Laval twin, Cine Parc Repentigny, Cine Parc Vaudreuil
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Changes:
Regent to Le Beaver

Westmount to Claremount (to avoid confusion with Westmount Square Cinema)

The Savoy closes.

Fall 1973
The Capitol and Pigalle are demolished by Famous Players for an retail and office complex called Centre Capitol.

1974
Openings:
Flick Maxi and Mini (On Crescent St.),

National, Montenach twin in Beloil, Marseille in Repentigny, Omega twin in Longueuil.
Changes:
Rivoli Twinned, Cinema Du Vieux Montreal to Encore 2, Imperial To Cine Centre 2 until 1976, Alouette to Pigalle, Lucerne to 2001, System to Cine 539

Closings:
Rex, Galeries d'Anjou

1975
Openings:
Eden,Academy Drive-In at Kahnawake, Cote St. Luc, Odeon Laval Centre 2000.
Changes:
Le Parisian to Le Parisian 5,

Encore 2 to Babette and Brigette,

Centre Laval 2 to 5 screens,

Home of Blue Movies

back to Cinema V
Closings:
Eden, Bridgette and Babette, Academy Drive-In

1976
Openings:
Pont Mericer Drive-In (Quebec only porno drive-in),

Cine-Parc Odeon in Boucherville, Cinema Lumuiere, Complexe Desjardins 4 (France-Film)
Changes:
Chateau twinned, Loew's to Loews 5,

Bonaventure twinned, Cine Centre 2 to Imperial 2,
Closings:
Granada, National, Flick 2, 2001, Pont Mericer Drive-In

1977
Openings:
Decarie Square (Odeon)

Changes:
Papineau to Papineau 2, Dorval has third screen added,

Pigalle to Carrefour (Odeon)

April 29 1977
United Theatres opens the La Cite 3 on Parc and Prince Arthur.

Timeline
* 1987 Changes name to Bogart Cinemas
* 1987 Changes name again to Cinema du Parc
* 1994 Famous Players sells it.
* 1999 Changes owners after the landlord padlocks it.
* 2001 Renoventions

1977
Closing:
St Denis-Pierrot-Chevalier, Ritz, Festival, Regal, Fler de Lys, Maisonneuve, Plaza 2

June 24 1977
Star Wars opens at Place Bonaventure, Place Victoria, Cote des Neiges (Both screens), Cine-Parc Chateauguay and St Eustache,

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