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Index: St. Catherine St. in the 20th Century


Woolworth’s on St-Catherine Street | Montreal, Quebec

Scenes of St-Catherine Street (Colour/Summer) |  Montreal, Quebec

Scenes of St-Catherine Street (Shopping District)  | Montreal, Quebec

Scenes of St-Catherine Street (Aerial/Trams) | Montreal, Quebec

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March 31, 2017 Posted by | . | | Leave a comment

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.

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February 5, 2012 Posted by | . | | 3 Comments