Kinema Theatre

14th Street SW and 17th Avenue SW,
Calgary, AB T2T 0C6

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Previous Names: Mount Royal Theatre

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Opened in 1911 as the Mount Royal Theatre. On November 16, 1933 it was renamed the Kinema Theatre. Always a double bill such as "Arsene Lupin Returns" and "Checkers".

Contributed by MikeRogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I am sure it probably under went a name change,but as far as I could track it it was KINEMA.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 26, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Thanks Chuck you must have some big Theatre book.

CSWalczak on January 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm

According to this webpage: View link the theatre opened in 1911 as the Mount Royal, and was demolished in the 1950’s.

CSWalczak on January 26, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Strange; it comes up that way when I searched for it again and works when I clicked on it – View link

If it still will not work, the relevant section reads: “In 1911 he [William Nimmons] had another landmark constructed, the Mount Royal Theatre, later called the Kinema, the first and only cinema ever constructed in Bankview. The theatre functioned as a silent picture house, before being converted into an automobile repair shop. During the "Great Depression,” it reverted back to a theatre, the Kinema, before being demolished during the 1950s."

CSWalczak on January 27, 2011 at 12:33 am


Just to clarify, I did not mean to suggest your original information was wrong, Chuck, just that there was some additional information out there that indicated that the theater had a longer history and another name, as Mike Rogers suspected.

rivest266 on October 12, 2018 at 3:51 pm

This opened on November 16th, 1933 as Kinema. Grand opening ad posted.

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