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From the Vaults: Halifax Movie Theatres

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Vogue Theatre
The Vogue Theatre, Gottingen Street ca. 1957
“Now Playing”: Jury Room Drama – 12 Angry Men
Opened 1948, Closed 1970

Oxford Theatre

Oxford Theatre
The Oxford Theatre, Quinpool Rd. ca. 1957 and 1961
“Now Playing”: Boy on a Dolphin and The Quiet Gun, The Children’s Hour
Opened ca. 1937. Only single screen theatre currently operating in Halifax.
Seating: 680

Paramount Theatre
The Paramount Theatre, Barrington St., ca. 1955
“Now Playing”: Pete Kelly’s Blues
Opened ca. 1935, Closed 1988
Seating: 1166

Orpheus Theatre

Orpheus Theatre
The Orpheus Theatre, Barrington St, ca. 1941
“Now Playing”: Lon Chaney Jr. in Man Made Monster
Opened ca. 1935, Closed 1945
Seating: 879

The Capitol Theatre (Barrington St & Spring Garden Rd) was previously blogged about here.

Reference: Nova Scotia Information Service NSARM no. NSIS 11366, Nova Scotia Information Service NSARM no. NSIS 9954, Nova Scotia Information Service NSARM no. NSIS 11367, E.A. Bollinger NSARM accession no. 1975-305 1941 no. 270a



  1. “Now Playing”: Pete Kelly’s Blues – The irony of that film playing at the Paramount on Barrington Street is too sweet. 

  2. Interesting how Quinpool looks more-or-less the same 50 years later, but Barrington is completely different (although still full of buses).

    Also, looks like it was ‘military’ night at the Orpheus – but I guess in 1941 *every* night was probably ‘military’ night.