Monkland Theatre

5504 Avenue Monkland,
Montreal, QC H4A 1C7

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Previously operated by: United Amusement Corp., Ltd.

Architects: Daniel John Crighton

Functions: Medical Center, Office Space, Retail

Styles: Atmospheric, Spanish Renaissance

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Monkland Theatre

Opened on March 7, 1930 with Lupe Velez in “Tiger Rose” and Jack Buchanan in “Paris”. The Monkland Theatre was considered the best ‘Atmospheric’ style movie theatre in Montreal. Interior decorations were carried out by interior designer Emmanuel Briffa.

It was located on Avenue Monkland in the West End district of the city and was built for and operated by the United Amusement Corp. Ltd chain.

The Monkland Theatre normally played double-bill features and it was well maintained right up until United Amusement Theatres closed it as a regular movie theatre in 1981. It had a short period of use as a repertory house and was and was then gutted in 1985.

Today the building is in various commercial uses.

Contributed by Graeme McBain, Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

mjutras on May 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Thanks for posting some pictures. I work there in 1980, this was my first of 12 cinemas I worked at as an assistant manager. Good memories.

ohserase on May 19, 2015 at 12:51 pm

I saw “The Black Hole” here in December 1979, and “Song of the South”, October 1980. I now live close to the building, too bad it did not stay open as a rep house or as a first run cinema.

rivest266 on July 18, 2017 at 1:27 pm
  • March 7th, 1930 Grand opening ad in French from La Press in the photo section.

  • 7 mars 1930 Grand opening publicitaire en fran├žais de La Press dans la section photo.

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