York Theatre

Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest and Rue MacKay,
Montreal, QC H3G 1Z1

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Previously operated by: Famous Players, United Theatres

Architects: Emmanuel Biffra

Firms: Luke, Little & Perry

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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York Theatre

The York Theatre was opened by United Theatre on 18th November 1938. The opening films were “Algiers” starring Charles Boyer and Don Ameche in “Gateway”.

The York Theatre was closed in 1989, and stood unused until it was demolished in 2002.

Contributed by Mike Rivest

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

TLSLOEWS on March 5, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Thanks for all the photos.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Love to have that “Octopussy” Banner.Great shot.

rivest266 on March 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I seen Octopussy there.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm

70mm at that on “Octopussy” never think of the Bond films in 70mm.

ohserase on August 5, 2011 at 12:20 pm

It was not a “porno” cinema in the 1970s. That was the small cinema behind the York, The Guy cinema. I’ve gone through old Montreal Star newspapers on microfilm and regular films were shown. I have a clipping of the 1976 horror film “Burnt Offerings” when it played, and “Alien” premiered at the York in 1979.

rivest266 on January 4, 2012 at 10:38 am

I uploaded the grand opening ad here.

ellieps on December 16, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Is the York Theatre considered a “picture palace”? or simply an “art deco theatre” or “streamline moderne”?

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 4, 2021 at 2:38 am

On August 23, 1982 a friend and I, in town for the World Film Festival, took a break from it and came here to see “Pink Floyd -The Wall.” Among other things, we were overwhelmed by the quality of the sound in the theatre!

rivest266 on February 4, 2021 at 3:13 pm

Also saw Pink Floyd -The Wall at the same theatre.

DavidZornig on April 17, 2021 at 9:29 am

Circa 1956 photo added via Swanand Natu.

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