Centre Mall Theatres

1145 Barton Street E,
Hamilton, ON L8H 2V2

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Previously operated by: Cineplex Odeon, National General Theatres

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Centre Twin Cinemas

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Centre Mall Theatres

Known as the Centre Twin Cinemas when National General Theatres opened it as a twin on January 19, 1969 with Olivia Hussey in “Romeo and Juliet” and Keir Dullea in “2001:A Space Odyssey”.

In 1986, the twin added four more screens and became known as the Centre Mall Theatres from April 18, 1986. Two more screens were added on August 22, 1986.

The theatre closed October 21, 2001 and, in a trend that was once immensely popular around the United Kingdom, it became a bingo palace.

Contributed by Chad Irish, Chief_Brody

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

hamiltongirl on October 16, 2004 at 10:16 am

I miss this theatre. My friends and I used to go in and pay for one movie, and see two or three. Very easy to sneak around there. Maybe that is one reason it closed??? I feel bad now!!!

FilmFan101 on July 2, 2006 at 8:45 am

This theatre’s status should be changed to closed/demolished. It was torn down in the spring of 2006 to make way for a $100 million renovation of the Centre Mall properties.

Brian Morton
Brian Morton on February 26, 2008 at 8:26 pm

This was the 2 screen theatre I saw the original STAR WARS at least 12 times or so in the summer of 1977.

The addition of the former Canadian Tire store on the west side of the original theatre added the extra 6 small screens.

It has been completely demolished now. Not any great loss as a historical building, but still fondly remembered by me at least.

jpyoung on March 15, 2009 at 4:08 am

I miss this theatre soo much. Fiesta Mall and Center Mall are gone now and I mourn their passing.

TivFan on May 1, 2012 at 9:32 am

I remember…ah, the good old days. I remember when the twin cinemas opened here—the first twin theaters in the city. They were call the Centre Twin Cinemas, and the auditoriums were named EAST and WEST (they faced south). They were run by NGC (National General Cinemas?). They were both great theaters, and pretty big. I remember skipping school to see “The Godfather” at a Wednesday matinee…too busy at night. And “Blazing Saddles” ran for over a year! Kids, them was the days when a movie didn’t open on two thousand screens across North America. Then “Jaws” came out the next year and changed all that! Right? I saw “Star Wars” there, too.

Chief_Brody on July 20, 2017 at 12:33 pm

Saw a ton of movies at the Centre Mall, mostly in the 80s. A few standouts were The Big Chill (won passes for a preview screening), Psycho II, The Breakfast Club, Someone to Watch Over Me, The Last Temptation of Christ (with protesters out front), and sex, lies, and videotape (which I remember vividly was sold out on opening night).

Pretty sure as a kid in the 70s I saw Silver Streak and The China Syndrome there, too.

Great memories with dates, friends, and family.

JMazz16 on March 9, 2018 at 11:09 am

I would kill for pictures of the old cinema. If anyone has any, or knows how to get some, message me through my website: jarrettmazzawriter.com. Please, please, please.

rivest266 on December 6, 2023 at 12:00 pm

Opened on January 15th, 1969 by National General Cinemas with “Romeo & Juliet” and “2001: a space odyssey”. Grand opening ad posted.

JMazz16, found a picture of the old Centre Mall Cinemas in this newspaper page:

Cinema World of Hamilton Cinema World of Hamilton 05 Aug 1972, Sat The Hamilton Spectator (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) Newspapers.com

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