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.
Montreal`s Cold Storage Plant was inaugurated in 1922.
Detail of Lobby
Lovell’s Directory – 1910
Newspaper Cutting (undated)
In this article from 1930, a reporter shares Sir Hugh Allan’s impressions of the Port of Montreal in the early 18th century.
It was in 1826 that sir Hugh Allan landed in Montreal as a boy from the brig Favorite, from Scotland. The Hercules, he said in his lecture, was the only steam tug on the St.Lawrence at the time, and it was not strong enough to pull the Favorite up the St.Mary’s current, the work being done with the help of oxen and men. The vessel had to anchor in the stream, for fear of stranding on the beach, and the unloading was done onto a platform extending out over the water.
The few wharves were wooden and wood was the material used until thirty or so years ago. Sir Hugh Allan saw the port develop until in 1880 the Allan Line alone had 23 steamships of 60,000 tons burden, and 12 sailing ships. Continue reading
The Harmony Lunch Diner was taken over by Traymore at the end of the 1920s.
Dunn’s Famous Steak House
Cocktail Lounge & Bar
Dunn’s Famous Smoked Meat
Entertainment (including leisure, museums & special attractions)
Government buildings (health, education, legal)
Royal Victoria College (Mc Gill Women’s University) newly indexed
L’Universite de Montreal – An Aerial View newly indexed
Hotels and train stations
Montreal Squares and Places
Montreal on the water
A wintry, turn-of-the-twentieth-century view of horse-drawn carriages on Montreal’s magnificent Sherbrooke St.
Quebec is snow and ice-bound for many months of the year, so it’s only natural that we have always sought relief from winter’s fierce grip. One modern reaction to winter is to flee to the south (especially Florida) but traditional Quebeckers like to jump right in and enjoy their mid-winter carnivals. The best-known at the moment is the annual Carnaval de Québec. Do you recognize the snowman on the left? That’s the Quebec Carnival mascot – Le Bonhomme Carnival.
However back in the 1880s, it was Montreal’s carnival that was the more famous and for good reason since it had lots of traditional Quebec and Native American winter activities like hockey, lacrosse and tobogganing. However, I think what really put Montreal’s Carnivals on the map were the Ice Palaces that were constructed each year in Montreal’s Dominion Square (now Dorchester Square).
What you see here is a vintage postcard that was mailed in 1904 but which depicts a late 19th century Ice Palace. After looking through historical images at the McCord Museum and Ice
Historic views of Montreal’s trams in the early 20th century (10/12)
Montreal’s Dominion Square (now known as Dorchester Square)