Dollar Cinema

6900 Boulevard Decarie,
Côte Saint-Luc, QC H3X 2T8

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Apple IIGS on September 28, 2022 at 9:09 pm

Visited the former Dollar Cinema today (late September 2022).

The theater has been completely gutted. The lobby has been reconstructed and currently under renovation to be repurposed as a furniture store. The two former theater auditorium have been walled off (no longer accessible from inside the mall!), and turned into places of religious worship (a synagogue?) which can only be entered from exterior doors in the parking lot. Only saw the former lobby, you’d never guess a theater was once there.

Not only the end of the Dollar Cinema, but of ANY chance this movie theater might reopen again, it’s done. RIP Decarie Square Cinema, 1977-2022.

rivest266 on June 12, 2022 at 10:41 am

Closing July 31st, 2022 per:

After 18 years of giving Montreal-area movie lovers wanting a cheap option to take in a flick, Dollar Cinema is closing for good.

A post on the cinema’s Facebook page said that owner (and 2017 mayoral hopeful) Bernie Gurberg will not be renewing the lease on the second-floor, two-screen theatre at the Decarie Square mall in Cote Saint-Luc.

“To all our regulars, old and new moviegoers…. it is with a heavy heart that Bernie let us know that our much loved Dollar Cinema is closing July 31st, 2022,” reads the post.

Gurberg ran for mayor of Montreal in 2017 and came fourth with 2,141 votes, ahead of four other candidates. Those who pre-purchased tickets can use them until that time, and the cinema is working to get another cinema to honour them for a defined period of time after the doors are closed.

Dollar Cinema has been screening second (sometimes third or fourth) run movies for almost two decades for firesale prices.

A regular movie is $2.50, and popcorn and other snacks start at $1.

This weekend, Encanto, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Ambulance are screening.

davidcoppock on November 27, 2020 at 10:23 pm

Opened on 18/3/1977 on screen 1 with “The slipper and the rose” and on screen 2 with “Tunnel vision”.

rivest266 on January 4, 2019 at 1:41 pm

There are plans to redevelop Decarie Square, which involves the demolition of the mall.

rivest266 on November 27, 2016 at 2:35 pm

This is in Côte Saint-Luc, not Montreal.

peterpotamianos on October 4, 2016 at 5:30 pm

I was an assistant manager here when cineplex odeon ran it as a dollar house….what a shame nice theatre

rivest266 on January 4, 2012 at 10:12 am

I uploaded the 1977 grand opening ad in the photo section.

Apple IIGS
Apple IIGS on November 30, 2011 at 11:03 am

Update: ticket price increases to $2.85 (taxes included). Still inexpensive, but really astray from original concept of movies for a dollar.

KingBiscuits on November 15, 2009 at 11:02 am

From the looks of the website’s showtimes, the theatres looks like it is a four-screen theatre now.

Azzaelea on November 15, 2009 at 9:54 am

The owner has added a new “living room” to show older movies in.

Azzaelea on August 7, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Mike Rivest’s pictures of the Dollar Cinema:

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Apple IIGS
Apple IIGS on March 16, 2007 at 4:31 pm
  • 2007, minor renovation involving replacement of all seats. Ticket price increased to $2.30 (taxes included).
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Apple IIGS on August 26, 2006 at 10:09 am


The theatre has 1,000 seats (350 in first screening room, 650 in second, with a performance stage in the latter) and has seen little to no renovation since first opening. The sound system however, has been upgraded to DTS Surround since becoming the Dollar Cinema. The theatre is located within the Decarie Square Mall, what can catatogorized as a dead mall.


  • 1977, Opened as “Odeon Decarie Square” under ownership of Cineplex Odeon. The name later changed to “Cinema Decarie Square”. First run films were shown.

  • 1997, became a second-run film theatre. Proved unpopular.

  • 1998, closed.

  • 2000, Reopened as a repertory theatre for Indian Language films.

  • 2002, closed again.

  • 2004, Reopened as “Dollar Cinema”, by new owner Bernie Gurberg. Initially with a mix of repertory and second-run films, then only second-run films. Theme is ticket admission and all concessions cost only $1 (plus tax).