New Princess Theatre

8 Market Square,
Hamilton, ON L8P 1A1

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Previous Names: Unique Theatre, Family Theatre, Little Theatre

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Detail of the Unique Theatre, from vintage postcard.

The Unique Theatre, was an early nickelodeon, that existed at 8 Market Square, between 1908 and 1931.

It was directly across the street from old city hall.

The Unique Theatre was patronized by the huge weekly crowd that would assemble to visit the large farmer’s market that operated in the square.

The cinema goes from the Unique Theatre, 1909 to 1923 and then becomes the Little Theatre in 1925, and finally becomes the New Princess Theatre between 1927 to 1930.

By 1932 it is gone, likely converted to retail use.

By the 1940s the address is the Majestic Restaurant.

This whole section of the street was expropriated by the city in 1969, and ultimately becomes the Jackson Square retail complex. The street no longer exists.

Ironically the Jackson Square cinemas, are about 600 feet away from where this tiny nickelodeon, once stood.

I will share the fire insurance map from 1911 that shows the layout of the building. It really was very, very small.

Contributed by Brian Morton
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