Elite Theater

527-529 Main Street,
Winnipeg, MB R3B

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Previous Names: Unique Theater

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The Unique Theater was an early theater, located at Main Street and Market Street. It was opened in fall of 1903. By January 1909 it had been renamed Elite Theater.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 4, 2012 at 7:54 am

Winnipeg Theatres gives the address of the Elite Theatre as 527-529 Main Street, and gives it the AKA Unique Theatre.

According to the book Embattled Shadows: A History of Canadian Cinema, 1895-1939, by Peter Morris, the Unique Theatre was opened in the fall of 1903 by John Schuberg. It was located in space that had been occupied by a funeral parlor in a building called the Cement Block (try researching that name on Google!) The first move shown at the Unique was Edwin S. Porter’s The Great Train Robbery.

The earliest reference I can find to the name Elite Theatre in Winnipeg comes from January, 1909, when the Elite was the site of a religious meeting, according to the February issue of Unitarian Word and Work.

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