Towne Theatre

760 Barton Street E,
Hamilton, ON L8L 3B3

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Functions: Community Center, Office Space

Previous Names: State Theatre

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EXt in 2008

Opened on December 7, 1950 as the State Theatre with only one screen. It was closed in 1960. It reopened on March 16, 1967 as the Towne Theatre, screening Max von Sydow in “The Greatest Story Ever Told”.

The Towne Theatre closed in 1983 and became a retail store. It was converted into office and community use in 2012.

Contributed by Chad Irish

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

schmadrian on May 7, 2006 at 1:33 am

I’m still trying to nail this one down, but I think I’m willing to put money on the fact that the Towne began as the State, at 758 Barton Street East.

Brian Morton
Brian Morton on April 20, 2008 at 12:14 am

Correct Towne and the State were the same theatre.

The building is now for sale as of March 2008.

TivFan on April 29, 2012 at 7:06 am

Yes, the Towne was formerly called the State. A photo of the State can be seen at: It is part of an article about Hamilton movie theaters (by John Sebert).

TivFan on April 29, 2012 at 7:30 am

Now, I’m relying on my memory, but my info is generally correct. I think the State was closed for a period of time during the early 1960’s. The theater was renovated and reopened c.l968 as the Towne, with a roadshow/reserved seating policy. The first movie shown was “Funny Girl”. I can’t recall how long this policy lasted or what films followed after. Eventually, the theater ran double features of second-run movies. The Towne sign can be seen in the Google street view. The three-sided letter board/marquee of the State was retained, but was removed many years later.

TivFan on April 29, 2012 at 8:19 am

This theater was never called Towne Cinemas. It was not twinned “in the late 1970’s”, or ever. The information above is very incorrect. It did have a balcony (probably loges), but was a single-screen theater ‘til the end. The Towne closed in the late 1980’s. It is interesting that the Towne sign remained on the building until mid-2011. In all those years, none of the businesses used “Towne” as their name. And the odd time, in the evening, the sign would be lit up! Pink neon.

TivFan on April 29, 2012 at 8:45 am

Currently, the building is undergoing a complete transformation. As of January 2010, the interior was being totally gutted. At that time, all that remained was the framework of the balcony and the terrazzo inside the front entrance. As of March 2012, the facade is being changed and an addition has been added to the rooftop. It appears that the former theater facade will be totally gone when the alterations are finished. Hang onto that Google street view! When the building reopens, it will be the new home of the Portuguese Support Services For Quality Living. They are currently at 746 Barton Street, just west on the same block.

TivFan on October 23, 2012 at 10:36 pm

The building renovation is finished. The PSSQL occupies its new home. A note on the door at 746 Barton states: We Moved Locations 760 Barton St. E. The former facade is totally changed. The terrazzo in the entrance is gone. Original terrazzo was exposed in the alternate exit (far left in google image) but has been covered with tiles.

rivest266 on December 6, 2023 at 11:32 am

The State theatre opened on December 7th, 1950 and closed in 1966. It reopened on March 16th, 1967 by Dydzak Drive-Ins as the Towne Cinema. Grand opening ads posted.

rivest266 on December 6, 2023 at 4:47 pm

It was leased out by Canadian Odeon to adult cinema operators on December 24th, 1981 who renamed at Town Cinema and taken back by Odeon on January 22nd, 1982 who placed it on a first-run policy. Another ad posted.

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