526 Concession Street,
Hamilton, ON L8V 1A6

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Architects: Harold Solomon Kaplan, Abraham Sprachman

Firms: Kaplan & Sprachman

Functions: Live Performances

Previous Names: Lyceum Theatre, Mountain Theatre, New Mountain Theatre, York Theatre, Music Palace

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 905.383.9000

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Originally opened on November 22, 1919 as the Lyceum Theatre. It reopened as the Mountain Theatre on December 13, 1943, operated by 20th Century Theatres. On May 23, 1949 it reopened as the New Mountain Theatre which followed renovations to the plans of architectural firm Kaplan & Sprachman. The reopening movie was Bing Crosby & Bob Hope in “"Road to Rio”. It became the York Theatre on November 7, 1970. The York Theatre was closed in 1985. Later operated as The Movie Palace, daily movie showing ceased on February 3, 2011, but special events continue.

In 2012 it operated as a live theatre, re-named Mountain Theatre, and the summer of 2012, it was renamed Music Palace. The Music Palace was closed in October 2013. The building reopened on December 31, 2013 as an all-purpose entertainment centre named the Zoetic.

Contributed by Chad Irish

Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

TLSLOEWS on February 3, 2011 at 9:04 am

According to their website,tonight will be their last showings.

GSZ on March 29, 2011 at 12:07 am

My brothers and I went to many Saturday afternoon “mats” at the Mountain Theatre, black and white Batman, The Untouchables, 3 Stooges, Spanky and Our Gang, Topo Gigo, True Grit.

TivFan on April 29, 2012 at 6:33 am

The theater has been leased by Mark Ironside and is being used as an internet television studio. It has officially been renamed the Mountain Theatre. It is also presenting live performances among many other uses. More information (and an auditorium photo) can be found on their web site: www.mountaintheatre.ca There is also a business web site:

TivFan on October 15, 2012 at 10:57 pm

The internet venture, related in the April 29th comment, has failed. The theatre has been leased and will continue presenting live entertainment, etc. The Mountain Theatre name and web site remain the same.
Go to www.thespec.ca for a complete newspaper article about the new venture. Enter “Mountain Theatre” in “Search this site”, and see the October 13th article. There are related articles about the former Movie Palace and its owner.
There is a vintage photo of the Mountain Theatre (c.1948) on the theatre web site (media/news/spec-July 11, 2012)

TivFan on April 3, 2013 at 9:58 am

The comment by Chuck1231 got me wondering. I called the Concession Street Business Association and asked about the Mountain Theatre. The theater is now officially called the Music Palace. It is under new management and is still being used as a live performance venue. Their web site is: musicpalace.ca. I was told they have been operating as the Music Palace for six months. The web site advertises future performances as well as a brief history, technical stats of the equipment and venue and a gallery of performance photos. Check it out.

TivFan on January 6, 2014 at 12:43 am

The Music Palace is no longer operating. As of the last weekend in October 2013, the theater had a “closing sale”. An article in the newspaper (The Spectator) related that new owners bought the building for $900,000 and have renamed the building The Zoetic. The new owners are “turning the historic theatre into a multipurpose entertainment centre”. The theatre reopened New Year’s Eve with a 1920’s-theme celebration and show.

rivest266 on December 5, 2023 at 8:43 am

The Lyceum theatre opened on November 22nd, 1919. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on December 5, 2023 at 3:24 pm

Reopened as Mountain on December 13th, 1943 and operated by 20th Century theatres 1945-1948 when it closed. It reopened on May 29th, 1949 under new management. Mountain theatre reopeningMountain theatre reopening 23 May 1949, Mon The Hamilton Spectator (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) Newspapers.com

rivest266 on December 6, 2023 at 1:06 pm

Reopened as York on November 7th, 1970. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on December 7, 2023 at 9:34 am

Closed as York in 1985.

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