It is one of several vintage movie theatres in Montreal whose façade and interior have retained their original appearance. It is mostly used for musical performances and live events.
The theatre was built in 1912 for silent film. Originally known as the Family Theatre, it was designed by architects Joseph-Cajetan Dufort and Louis-Joseph-Théophile Décary for the Duchess Amusement Company; which owned the theatre until 1923, when it was sold to the United Amusements Corporation. With the sale, the theatre acquired the current name, and was modified by architect Daniel John Crighton and theatre decorator Emmanuel Briffa. The original glass and metal marquee were also replaced by a cast-iron design by Crighton in 1938.
It was acquired by the city of Montreal in 1967 and then rented to the Noiseux Plumbing Supply Co., which used the hall as storage. In the 1980s it was a filming location for films by André Forcier and Jean Beaudin. It was re-opened briefly in the summer of 1987 by Les Petites Filles aux Allumettes for performances of hybrid theatre and visual arts.
It was acquired by the nonprofit "Institut des arts de la scène" in October 1997 and was renovated and reopened in 1998. Its facade was restored in 2004. The interior of the theatre suffered C$50,000 of damage following an electrical fire in March 2007.
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