Neon lights on Montreal’s rue Ste-Catherine

A quick break to visit our neighbours in la belle province: this Kodachrome postcard from 1952 shows the south side of Montreal’s rue Ste-Catherine in all its post-war, neon-lit glory. In the distance you can see the Loew’s, Capitol and Palace Theatres. Source: Silent Toronto Archives; postcard printed by the Photogelatine Engraving Co. Ltd., Toronto.

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Aftershocks of Montreal’s Laurier Palace Theatre fire

The Laurier Palace Theatre fire which claimed the lives of 78 Montreal children in January of 1927 made headlines all over North America. The above front page from the Arizona Daily Star was recently added to our collection. Like many newspapers who reported the tragic event, it also pointed out other infamous theatre disasters. Among them: the Gillis Theatre, Kansas City (1925); Knickerbocker Theatre Washington, D.C. (1922); Rialto Theatre, New Haven, CT (1921); Catherine St….

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The Laurier Palace Theatre Fire

The Laurier Palace Theatre Fire

A look at the tragic Laurier Palace Theatre fire, which claimed the lives of 78 Montreal children in January of 1927. Many local parents considered the Laurier Palace Theatre a firetrap. Situated between a cafe and a bar, there were no lateral exits; the only way out of the theatre was through exits on either side of the ticket wicket and two rear exits on both sides of the stage, which led out onto a lane…

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