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Montreal’s Traditional Theatre District – The Princess/Le Parisien And The System Theatres

Awhile back I shared this vintage postcard of  the section of Ste-Catherine Street where Montreal’s famous theatres the Orpheum and the Princess were located.  Earlier today Hugh Brodie was kind enough to share this information-

The “Princess” shown on the postcard was never torn down. It was renamed “Le Parisien” in the early 1960′s (I saw “Goldfinger” there), and was “multiplexed” in the late 1970′s. It closed for movies about 5 years ago, and has been used for various purposes since. It is now a temporary Moore’s (men’s clothing store). This Google Streetview (probably about 2 years old ) shows the view  http://g.co/maps/m5a8k

You can still barely make out the words “Le Parisien” on the building. The buildings on either side of it still exist – although the one further away looks like a couple of floors were added to it.  Note the arch of the former “System” theatre on the left of the postcard. The building is still there – with the arch.

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Memories of the System Theatre (Evelyn)

The System Theatre was a great hangout for college students in the early seventies.

You could see three movies for the price of one and there were cheap fries and hot dogs for sale at the back. But what I really remember is the calibre of the movies. Movies that made you think like Soldier Blue (with music by Canada’s Cree musician/songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie), George Lucas’ early scifi film THX-1138, and Woodstock.

Very heady stuff  for a sheltered girl from the suburbs!

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Harry Houdini, St-Catherine St. & The Prince Theatre

Index:Vintage Postcards Of The City Of Montreal

Index: Vintage Postcards – Quebec

February 5, 2012 - Posted by | . |


  1. I always enjoy learning about the history of old theaters, especially if they’re still in existence. We have some that have become furniture stores and even churches. Thanks also for the Buffy Sainte Marie reminder. I haven’t thought of her in years!


    Comment by Christine H. | February 6, 2012 | Reply

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  3. Cohen’s “Beautiful Losers” is set here…


    Comment by Eric | September 22, 2014 | Reply

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