I broke the grouping below into three parts:
2)Portage Avenue/Downtown from Main Street to Portage Avenue West
3)Neighbourhood/ your local neighborhood theatre
acknowledgements to other websites well below
Arcade Theatre 688 Main
Street (circa 1906)
State Theatre (1951-1956)
Colonial/State 634 Main (634-638 Main) ( ~1910 - 1974)
here to go to an aerial view of the City of Winnipeg in 1954
Arlington Theatre 863 Portage at Arlington (1920 - 1956)
Avenue Theatre 349 Portage Avenue (1911 - 1921)
Capitol Theatre (RKO) 295 Portage and 313 Donald (Feb. 14th, 1921 - 1991) (1979 Cinema 1 & 2) The Capitol was demolished in 2003
Portage Avenue Entrance which disappeared for the already existing Donald Street Entrance in 1964.
Donald Street Entrance (1959)
Ramp Way Entrance Off Portage Avenue Interior Seating
Convention Centre Cinema 375 York (1975 - 1996)
Dominion Theatre 175 Portage Ave. East at Main (1904 - 1957)
1904 Dominion Theatre - 1911 becomes the Empress Theatre - 1915 becomes again, the Dominion Theatre other source
The Dominion Theatre opened on 12 December 1904. It was intended for “high-class” vaudeville “such as ladies and children may properly patronize.”
The solid brick building had a 1,100-seat auditorium on the main floor, and both its balcony and gallery were equipped with steel fire escapes.
It had a self-contained electric lighting system and a steam heating apparatus, features that complied with new public safety regulations.
The theatre was home to the Permanent Players, a stock company that was popular in the period 1910-1912.
Soon after it opened the theatre joined an extensive circuit of vaudeville theatres in the United States.
Over the years it also sponsored many amateur performances; it hosted a musical stock company and the John Holden Players.
The Dominion also served as a movie theatre and eventually became the home of the Manitoba Theatre Centre from 1958 - 1968.
In 1968 it was demolished to make room for the Richardson Building/Lombard Hotel complex.
Postcard image from the personal collection of Rob McInnes. Used with permission.
Elite/Eldorado/Globe 285 Portage Avenue (~1909 - 1917)
1912 photo 1911 Henderson Directory
Portage Place/Globe Cinema 393 Portage Avenue (1987 - 2014)
(Portage Place 1987 - 2001)(Globe Cinema June, 2002 - June 15th, 2014)
Majestic/Imperial//Majestic/Rialto/Carlton/Rialto/Downtown 363 Portage Avenue at Carlton
Majestic (1911-1917) Imperial (1918) Majestic (1919-1920) Rialto (1921-1926) Carlton (1926-1929) Rialto (1929-1968) Downtown (1968 - 1984)
From the age of 10 and up we used to go to the Rialto for triple Horror, Sword & Sandal, and Tarzan Movies,
during the Christmas and Easter breaks from school. One of the projectors always seemed blurrier to me.
The Free Press newspaper ad should have read ... "Tarzan's Fight For Life".
Eaton Place 7 234 Donald (1981 - 1991)
(demolished to expand the food court)
Furby Theatre 597 Portage at Furby (1929 - Feb 28th, 1952)
Gaiety Theatre / Eve / Colony 459 Portage Avenue (457-459)
(Gaiety 1912-1973)(Eve 1973-1975)(Colony 1975-1985)
1915 photo 1924 photo (courtesy of Rob McInnes)
Garrick Theatre 330 Garry St. (1921 - 2002) (twin screened in 1967)
Province Theatre/Rio Theatre/Grand Theatre 209 Notre Dame Ave (1915 - 1961)
Opened about 1915 as the Province Theatre offering vaudeville and films.
The Province closed in 1937. The interior was remodeled in the art deco style
and included a new marquee and signage outlined in neon to replace the original 'Province' lettering
which had been outlined in individual bulbs on the building's pediment.
The theater was renamed the Rio, reopening in 1938. Sub run double features were the normal fare
until it closed once again in 1950.
A further minor remodeling, mostly to the marquee and signage was carried out and it reopened
in the same year with yet another (and final) name change to the Grand.
It operated in it's last years as a grind house leaning heavily on double and triple features consisting of westerns and 'B' movies.
The Grand closed in 1961 and was demolished along with surrounding buildings to make way for The Bank Tower Plaza.
Earlier years still as the Province (circa 1915) By 1921 the Province had already removed the tower of lights.
The GRAND in the 1950's
Postcard image from the personal collection of Rob McInnes (Accumulator and Purveyor of Historic Postcards).
Click Here or on the postcard to see the full size scan by Rob McInnes.
Postcard from Rob McInnes looking East on Portage Avenue from Smith Street, and you can clearly see "The Province", with it's white tower.
From Rob McInnes (Accumulator and Purveyor of Historic Postcards) "I came across this photo, credited to George Harris,
in the 1982 book called Winnipeg's Electric Transit." Click Here or on the above image to see the full size scan.
This January, 1945 image shows a building with stores, on the Portage Avenue side ... so this was even before the older and now gone "Toronto Bank Building".
The Province/Rio/Grand would have been right in front of the giant videotron on Notre Dame, on the parking lot entrance.
The Theatre's neighbour on Notre Dame is the Electric Railway Chambers Building at 213-219 Notre Dame, which still exists today.
IMAX Theatre 393 Portage Ave (September, 1987 - March 31st, 2013)
Lyceum 292 Portage Ave (c.1912 - 1968) (now Radisson Hotel location)
Eaton's is on the far right
Photo Credit to Cecil P. Sheane (1968)
Metropolitan/Allen 283 Donald (281-285) near Portage Ave (1920 - 1987)
The Metropolitan Theatre opened as the Allen Theatre on January 2, 1920.
The Allen Family was in financial difficulty, and they were bought out by Famous Players theatre chain,
and the name was changed to the Metropolitan Theatre and had its grand re-opening in 1923.
The first sound-synchronized “talkies” were screened in Winnipeg’s Metropolitan Theatre on 26 October 1928.
It Appears That Canad Inns Have Taken Their Commitment Seriously ... very nice clean up. It is now the "Met Entertainment Centre".
The following was stolen from The Winnipeg Sun : After nearly 25 years sitting vacant, the historic Metropolitan Theatre will finally be brought back to life.
Canad Inns president Leo Ledohowski unveiled plans to transform the 92-year-old landmark on Donald Street into a “vibrant downtown venue.”
“It will be a food and beverage emporium of the highest calibre.”
Canad Inns will invest more than $13 million in the project, while the city and province will provide $1.5 million each.
Plans include a banquet facility to accommodate about 1,000 people. The slopes in the theatre will be converted into tiers,
where each level will have an unobstructed view of the stage, Ledohowski said.
The Met was built in 1919 and began as an Allen Theatre and later operated as a Famous Players Movie Theatre.
The theatre closed its doors in 1987 and has been sitting vacant ever since.
Canad Inns purchased the Met from Centre Venture, a downtown development agency, in 2006 for $100,000.
The only structural change will be a new wing where a kitchen and washrooms will be located.
Monarch Theatre 351 Portage Avenue (~1912 - 1932)
Princess Theatre 226 Notre Dame Avenue (circa 1911)
Victoria Theatre/National Theatre 300-302 Fort Street (1912 - 1926)
(Victoria 1912 - 1915) (National 1915 - 1926)
In the awesome night time photo you can actually see three (3) theatres - The Victoria, The Orpheum, and The Province on Notre Dame.
This photo is attributed to 1913, advertising vaudeville.
Walker/Odeon/Burton Cummings 364 Smith Street at Ellice (Feb 18th, 1907 - present) (Odeon 1945 - 1990)
Postcard image from the personal collection of Rob McInnes. Used with permission
Orpheum Theatre / RKO Winnipeg Theatre 283 Fort Street (1911 - 1946)
(Orpheum Theatre 1911 - 1930) (RKO Winnipeg Theatre 1930 - 1946) (The Orpheum was demolished in 1948 - other source)
The Orpheum Theatre, one of the chain of Orpheum Theatres in the United States, opened on 13 March 1911,
with the Lieutenant Governor and his party in the audience. The opulently decorated and furnished auditorium could seat 2,000 people.
Audiences paid from $1 to $5 for afternoon shows and from $1.50 to $7.50 for evening performances
and they enthusiastically welcomed the twice-daily shows.
The Orpheum became one of the leading vaudeville stages in Winnipeg, along with The Dominion, The Walker, and The Pantages.
Among the top American entertainers that performed there were Ed Wynn, W. C. Fields, the Marx Brothers, Fannie Brice,
Harry Houdini, Jack Benny, and Eddie Cantor; foreign performers included actress Sarah Bernhardt and British music hall star Marie Lloyd.
Performances continued for thirty-five years.
This long shot down Fort Street, besides "The Orpheum", also shows "The Province" way down on Notre Dame.
Orpheum July 8th, 1925
Northstar Cinema 1 & 2 286 Portage Avenue (1969 - 2001)
Baddow Theatre 322 Tache Avenue (Norwood) (circa 1914 - 1940's)
The Henderson Directory shows the Baddow open in 1930, but closed in 1931 & 1932)
The Baddow later becomes "The Rex Theatre" (1946-1953) shown further down the page.
1922, 1923, 1924 versions of the Henderson Directory shows the Baddow Theatre address as
260 Tache Avenue, but still in between Marion & Goulet ... The street numbers must have
changed between 1924 - 1925, because, there after, the address is as shown above.
Community Theatre/Onyx Theatre 874 St. Mary's Rd. at Barrington (St. Vital)
Community Theatre (1925 - 1932) Onyx (1932-1938)
This address under today's standards, brings you nowhere close to Berrydale Avenue.
1925 Henderson Directory
The Onyx is then split into 3 pieces and moved to 750 St. Mary's Road,
in 1938/1939, where it later becomes The Vogue in 1945. See Onyx/Vogue below
Photo courtesy of the St. Vital Museum
Classic 1837 Portage Ave (1926-1957)
The Henderson Directory captures from 1918 & 1925 show another Classic Theatre at 203 Roseberry St.,
which is very close to the Portage Avenue location, which makes me think the owners of "The Classic"
had an older building on the Roseberry Street site prior to 1926. The two locations are very close and if you
"google map" 203 Roseberry, it keeps you on the north side of Portage Avenue, but the two screen captures
from the Henderson Directory puts the Roseberry Street address on the south side of Portage Avenue.
Corona Theatre 1433 Logan at Quelch (1942 - 1957)
Crescent Theatre 654 Corydon Ave at Hugo (1917 - 1955)
Elm Theatre 392 Talbot at Allan (1938 - 1957)
Ft. Rouge Theatre 248 Osborne at Jessie (S. of Crazy Corner) (1912 - 1922) (closed 1924 another source)
Photo courtesy Donna Fumerton ... via George Godwin's "Rough Cut" website. Postcard image from the personal collection of Rob McInnes. Used with permission.
Rob's photo was on the Manitoba Historical Society website.
Garden Theatre 184 Kelvin at Hespeler (~1916 - 1932)
Garden City Cinema (2 in 1979) 2305 McPhillips Street (1970-2010) Marquee sign is gone, but they left the 1 & 2
Garry Theatre 1118 Pembina Highway at Point Road (???? - 1960's) (info from Rob McInnes)
(in the 1960's became Garry Lanes & Billiards) (current location is the Shoppers Drug Mart)
De Luxe/Hyland Theatre 1525 Main Street at Matheson (1936 - ?)
renamed Hyland in 1966 ... now a synagogue
Karnack Theatre 334 Roseberry Street near Ness (~1915 - ~1925)
1918 Henderson Directory
Grant Park Cinemas 1120 Grant Avenue (1969 - present)
Kings Theatre 1771 Portage Ave at Berry (1929 - 1990)(1993 - 1996)
Kildonan Place 6 1555 Regent Avenue West (1989 - present)
Leland/Acadia/State 572 Selkirk near McGregor Avenue (~1912- ~1958) (Ukrainian Owned) (currently vacant lot)
Rob McInnes found a reference in a 1938 issue of the Free Press that renovations were being done to the Leland,
at 572 Selkirk, and it was to be renamed the State.
Lodge Theatre 2145 Portage Avenue (1953 - 1958)
Mac's Theatre/Cinema 3/Ellice Theatre & Cafe 585 Ellice at Sherbrook
(Mac's 1933-1966)(Cinema 3 1969-1994)(closed 2002 after showing East Indian movies-another source)
In 1960, when I was 10, on a dark stormy night, I went to the Mac's on the bus,
by myself, to see "Tarzan and the Moon Men", as it was advertised in the paper.
Well there was No Tarzan ... No Jungle Jim ... It was Johnny Weissmuller playing
himself in "Jungle Moon Men" (1955). The surprising part was that once inside,
The Mac's was identical in every way to the Windsor Theatre.
Northstar Cinema II (1970 - 2001)
Cinema City 8 Pembina (1995 - 2004) 1910 Pembina Hwy at Bishop Grandin Blvd
Pembina Cinema City (aka), this theatre was around in the 90's, at the end of the strip mall,
where Future Shop and Staples exist today. It has been replaced by a Dollarama.
Cinema City 8 Northgate 1399 McPhillips Street (1998 - present)
Cinema City 12 McGillivray 2190 McGillivray (2005 - present)
Osborne Theatre 108 Osborne Street South at River (c.1920 - 1956)
Park 698 Osborne St. South at Rathgar (1914 - 1986) (reopened in 2006 as Park Theatre & Movie Cafe)
Parkview 1825 Portage Avenue (1923 - 1924) (destroyed by fire)
Palace Theatre 501 Selkirk Avenue at Powers/Andrews (1926 - 1964)
Paris Theatre 218 (220) Provencher Avenue at Aulneau (1939-1959)
Plaza Theatre 104 Marion St at Tache (1926 - 1962) (822 Seats) (Norwood Hotel)
In the 1920's & 1930's the Norwood Hotel location at 112 Marion was the
Dominion Apartment Block, that my grand-mother managed. The Plaza Theatre was next door.
Where the bar in the Norwood Hotel is now, was my grand-mother's kitchen.
My mother went missing one Saturday afternoon, when she was five years old,
and my grandmother had the police from across the street, looking for her everywhere.
At 4:30 she walked out of the show. The owner had seen her outside, at 1:00 o'clock,
ushered her in for free and gave her a drink and a popcorn. She had a great time.
It normally cost my mother Florence 5 cents to go to a Saturday Matinee.
With this address, and the current address of the Norwood Hotel being 112 Marion Street,
The Plaza must have been where the newer part of Norwood Hotel is now.
Lot Block & Plan from 1959 (1950) shows slightly different addresses.
Polo Park Cinema/Pace Theatre 1486 Portage Avenue (1962 - 1994)
renamed Polo Park Cinema in 1967
Queen's Theatre 239 Selkirk Avenue (1907 - ????) Gunn's Bakery is just to the west (left)
St. Giles Presbyterian Church had been sold in 1907 to the Hebrew Sick Benefit Society, and members of the Yiddish Dramatic Club, and was transformed into the Queen's Theatre.
Culturally one of the most important institutions in the area, the Queen's was, by 1912 home to a thriving Yiddish theatre presenting plays starring local actors and international stars.
The 1953 Henderson Directory shows it as the "Hebrew Sick Benefit Association" building. It is unclear if it ever showed movies.
Rex Theatre 322 Tache at Goulet (Norwood) (1945 - 1953)
This is the same address as "The Baddow" Theatre above.
Roseland Theatre ??? Sargent near Arlington (1904 - ?)
This may in fact be a misnamed Rose/Towne/Venus/Festival at 801 Sargent at Arlington (1926-1983)
although it's date, pre-dates the Rose Theatre date of 1926, which appears below.
This is the only other "Roseland" I have encountered to have existed in Winnipeg.
Roxy Theatre 385 Henderson Hwy at Montrose (1929 - 1960) (Roxy Bowling Lanes)
The Roxy Theatre opened on December 24th, 1929 at cost of $150,000 and the Bowling Alley opened on December 24th, 1960. Copy of Roxy Original 1929 Flyer
I recently went to the Roxy Bowling Lanes with my granddaughter for a kids birthday bowling party, and was lucky enough to meet one of the current owners
of the Roxy Lanes. Melissa Gauthier and her husband Robert Gauthier have owned the Bowling Alley since 2009, and Melissa was very accommodating in
giving me a brochure showing a collection of articles on the history of the theatre, and even took me downstairs into the basement to show me some of the very
interesting pieces salvaged from the theatre in 1960. (previous owner kept everything) Awesome ... Thanks Melissa
One of the original theatre doors ... the other ones are there, but in different locations.
The Roxy Theatre's Original Cash Register - The Roxy Theatre's two projectors saved since 1960, although some components were removed for sale to other theatres.
The Roxy's upstairs lanes in what used to be the balcony and behind this image and over on the right is a party room, which was the original projection booth.
Little Theatre / Sherbrook Theatre 627 Alexander Avenue & Sherbrooke Street (~1913 - 1921)
Silver City Theatres/St. Vital 6 1225 St. Mary's Road (1998 - present)
Silver City (IMAX) Theatres/Polo Park 814 St. James Street (1999 - present)
Towne Cinema 8 301 Notre Dame (1981 - present)
Rose/Towne/Venus/Festival 801 Sargent at Arlington (1926 - 1983)
Rose (1926-1964) - Towne (1964-1974) - Venus (1974-1979) - Festival (1979-1983)
(currently "Wild Strawberry)
Tivoli 115 Maryland at Westminster (c. 1927 - 1958)
Tower Theatre 580 Mountain at McGregor (1937-1961)
Photo courtesy of Sheila Streifler via Kenneth George Godwin. Sheila's uncle, Sam Rosenblat,
built The Tower Theatre. The theatre was torn down to make room for the Safeway at this location.
Judging from the addresses across the street, it probably stood, right where the Safeway Sign is.
Transcona /Apollo Theatre 109 Regent Avenue W. (1912 - 1960)
The Transcona Theatre (1911) later became the well-known Apollo Theatre.
This movie house was a Regent Avenue landmark from 1912 until 1960. Mr. Triller operated the theatre.
I found one report that it was supposed to be torn down in 1969.
Debbie, a reader of this site, told me via email, that her and her friends had entered the abandoned theatre, and she mentions that it was charred on the inside,
the roof was falling in and was an eye sore for many years.
Following Info & Photos Courtesy of the Transcona Historical Museum:
Built in 1912 and originally named the Transcona Theatre, the building was located at 11 Regent Avenue.
The classically influenced building was renovated prior to the 1930s to reflect the Spanish Mission style. It was well known for the star painted ceiling inside.
Originally the theatre hosted vaudeville acts and plays but after the renovation found a new audience as a movie house.
Also sometime after the renovation, the name changed from the Transcona Theatre to the Apollo Theatre.
In 1958, when the town of Transcona changed their street numbering, the Apollo's address changed to 109 Regent Avenue West and by 1961, the Apollo ceased to exist.
From our records, the Apollo Theatre currently resides in the space used by Another Look Bridal Fashions and the River East Transcona School Division,
as well as half (cut vertically) of the Stone Elegance site.
Uptown Theatre 394 Academy Road at Ash (Dec. 24th, 1931 - 1960)
(Academy Uptown Bowling Lanes)
Onyx/Vogue 750 St. Mary's Road, St. Vital
Onyx (1939 - 1943) Vogue (1944 - 1957)
Photo courtesy St. Vital Museum
(Josie's Restaurant 60's -70's / Bobbie's Restaurant / Tio's Mexican Restaurant & Bar currently)
My Mom and Dad would walk down to this theatre, in late 1949 and early 1950, when my Mother was pregnant with me.
Windsor Theatre 592 St. Mary's Road at the St. Anne's Junction (1941 - 1976)
Owners were Mr. & Mrs. Johnson, who lived close by and were members of the St. Vital Legion.
This is the theatre that I went to from the age of six, for the Double Features on Saturday afternoons.
You needed 55 cents to go - 15 cents to get in - 10 cents for a drink - 10 cents for a popcorn -
- and 2 x 10 cents for the bus ride there and back. I think I used to bring 20 cents for popcorn.
We were all grieve stricken, when it went to 25 cents, and then very quickly to 35 cents.
Mr. Johnson would sell tickets, while his wife sold popcorn, drinks and candy, at the confectionary.
At 1:00 o'clock, Mr. Johnson would walk down the aisle, and open the curtain by hand, and then walk
back up to the projector room, and the movie would start. Mrs. Johnson would patrol the aisles, and if
anyone was being rowdy or too noisy, she would smack them with the giant ruler she carried.
Intermission brought weekly draws, for popcorn, drinks and free tickets to next week's matinee.
We had to hurry home, after the show, to watch "Wild Bill Hickok" at 4:30 on CBC Television.
Wonderland 595 Sargent at Sherbrook (1912 - 1956)
1918 Henderson Directory
Valour Theatre 1302 Portage at Valour (1937 - 1960)
Base Theatre (CFB) (1955 - 2000)
Lyric Theatre - Assiniboine Park (1999 - present)
"Movies In The Park" (every August)
The Lyric Theatre is a large outdoor stage located next to the Pavilion. It opened in 1999.
It carries on the tradition of a bandshell near the Pavilion that started in the 1920s.
Airport/Airliner s.s. Ellice at Madison (1952 - ????)
(became the Airliner c. 1964)
As a small child, in the 50's, when my Grandmother lived on Queen Street, we could walk to the end of her street, sit on
the grass and watch the movies. The hanging speakers in those days were easily heard from outside the fenced compound.
Northmain Drive-In Main Street North (May 3rd, 1951 - 1980) A Millionaire Drive-In is across the street.
The Drive-In is Lot 32 Main Street. Club Copacabana is Lot 35 ... so they are both between Red River Blvd. and Drury.
Pembina Drive-In 1994 Pembina Hwy (July 19, 1949 - c.1975)
This was the first drive-in theatres in the midwest and was built by Jack Miles in 1949, followed by the Eldorado Drive-In in 1950.
Jack Miles owned Allied Amusements Ltd., which later became Western Theatres Ltd. and at one time owned and operated
18 movie theatres in Winnipeg, which included, The Uptown, The Palace, The Plaza, The Rose and The Roxy Theatres.
Jack Miles died in 1951, but the family owned business continued for 2 decades and still owns the Uptown Bowling Lanes building.
Odeon Drive-In 4415 Portage Avenue (Sept. 20th, 1963 - Sept. 2007) (998 cars)
Starlite Drive-In 1300 Regent Avenue W. (c. 1954 - ????) (Transcona Hwy - another source)
Debbie, a reader of this site says the Starlite was still there in 1974.
Eldorado Drive-In Theatre 1001 Henderson Hwy at Eldorado St. (June 29th, 1950 - 1955)
Circus Drive-In n.s. Portage Avenue at Muriel (Kirkfield Park) (Aug. 14th, 1952 - 1955)
Lockport Drive-In Junction of Hwy. No. 1 & Hwy No. 9 (1954 - 1955)
Theatres Remaining In 2014
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Internet Credits & Links
All of the sites below provide great information and photos,
but in some cases their information is conflicting or lacking detail.
In appreciation of their effort, I have gleaned from all of them,
and tried to put it all on this single page. - Thanks, Bob
Going: Remembering Winnipeg Movie Theatres
my link about the documentary by Kenneth George Godwin
Peel's Prairie Provinces
This Was Manitoba
Manitoba Historical Society
Rough Cut by George Godwin
Manitoba Movie Theatres - site deleted
Winnipeg Images - George Siamandas
Days of Yesteryear
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections (flickr)
Theatre.org - site disabled
Skyscraper City - Winnipeg Developments
Google Maps - Street View
- Digital Resources On Manitoba History (Tribune)
My Other Websites
My Winnipeg Dance Pages
Dance Events in Winnipeg,
Jock Mahoney Tribute
The Range Rider
My Mother's Tarzan
Tarzan Movie History
Cowboys of the Silver Screen
Two Old Sisters On Main Street
The Union Bank Tower (1904)
The Confederation Life Bldg. (1912)
on Winnipeg's Main Street (history)
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