Penhorn Mall 5

535 Portland Street,
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4B1

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Previously operated by: Empire Theatres, Famous Players

Previous Names: Penhorn Mall 3

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Originally opened with three screens in 1974 by Famous Players, the Penhorn Mall theatre was the first multiplex theatre opened in the Halifax/Dartmouth area. It was expanded to five screens sometime in the 1980’s. In June 2004, Famous Players sold this complex and the Park Lane 8 in Halifax to Empire Theatres. Empire continued to run the theatre to compliment their own six-screen multiplex further down Portland Street.

Empire Theatre closed the theatre on May 17, 2007, and it was demolished, along with the rest of Penhorn Mall, in 2010. The site is currently a gravel lot, awaiting redevelopment.

Contributed by Andrew C

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Thanks Andrew from the new theatre.

Spire on February 25, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Thanks! Really happy to have found this site.


arcticspill on September 1, 2021 at 7:34 pm

I have so many memories of this theatre! This was my childhood theatre, along with the Empire 6 further down Portland Street. Excuse me while I reminisce for a minute…

I remember the theatre so vividly, even though it’s been closed for 14 years now. The entrance was quite small, with a huge CINEMAS sign in front, along with the movie listing board and posters. The box office was on the left, the entrance on the right. Cinema 1 was immediately on your right when you entered, then concessions. Cinema 3 was the largest, with two sets of doors to enter. The big movie of each week seemed to premiere in Cinema 4, which would have been one of the “newer” cinemas added on the 1980s. Definitely an older, out of date theatre by 2007. I can remember my chair arm coming off once or twice. The auditoriums weren’t that clean. But, it had charm in my opinion, it had working theatre curtains up until near the end of its life. It was also in a mall that was slowly dying around it, so the timing of the Dartmouth Crossing theatre made sense for this one to shut.

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