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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 133 (122)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 133
Page 133

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 133


The Odeon-Champlain

Montreal, Canada

In a city where more than 75 per cent of the population speak French, the construction of a theatre specifically for first-run French-language pictures becomes a major event. This new house opened its doors in the main French business section of Montreal on the evening of March 27th, 1948 and gave French-Canadian cinema fans a vivid new center. House policy is to present Paris originals, Hollywood dubs, and French versions of J. Arthur Rank's English productions.

Of course, the 1409-seat Champlain does not rest merely on the laurels of its linguistic abilities. Architecturally the building presents many interesting features. The facade is of glazed Hanley Norman brick. A curved attraction board marquee is surmounted by a turret of glass and aluminum and the name of the theatre stands out prominently on a vertical fin attached to the front of the turret.


Entrance doors are all glass, framed in buff and pinkish Montebello stone which is carried into the ticket lobby and the lounge with good effect. The lounge has a large picture window which permits a direct street View of the foyer. There are extensive lounge areas on both the main and the mezzanine floors.

In the decorative scheme, great use has been made of Canadian woods including novel scored paneling of birch finished in pastel and mahogany shades. Acoustical qualities of the auditorium are built-in by the use of curves and planes in the walls and ceiling. For example, each side wall in the auditorium has four large splayed panels to avoid parallelism in sound. Painted leaf green and decorated with plaster rococo moldings in bone white, these panels add a dramatic feeling to the interior decoration.

Colors were used in the Champlain


OWNER: General Theatres (Quebec) Ltd. OPERATOR: Odeon Theatres (Canada). ARCHITECT: H. E. Greenspoon. SEATING CAPACITY: 1,409.

SIZE OF LOT: 100' x 225'. ACOUSTICAL MATERIAL: Fibreglas bats & fabric.

CHAIRS: by Interior Hardwood.

CURTAIN CONTROLS & TRACK: by Automatic Devices Co.


GENERATORS: Stabilarc, by Automatic Devices Co.



REWINDERS: by Wenzel Mfg. Co. SCREEN: Kalux.

SIGN LETTERS: by Adler Silhouette Letter Co.

SOUND: by Gaumont-Kalee, Ltd. SUPPLY DEALER: Gaumont-Kalee,Ltd.

TICKET ISSUING MACHINE: by General Register Corp.

without inhibition. Greens ranging from Chartreuse to deep leaf, reds from light crimson to plum, and turquoise, gray, White and gold provide a rich visual treat. Many unorthodox touches are apparent too-the application of such colors as plum to maple and birch. However, the end result is pleasing to the eye

which, after all, is the final judge of decor.

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 133