Tag Archives: Theatres

Brown Block: Pantages & Strand Theatres (102 Street & Jasper Ave)

Opened: 1913

Renovated for Motion Pictures: 1921

Renovated for Talkies and renamed: 1931

Demolished: 1979

Built in 1913, the Pantages was billed as the most northerly high-class vaudeville theatre in North America. It hosted great entertainers such as the Marx Brothers, Stan Laurel (of Laurel and Hardy), Buster Keaton and Will Rogers. Though designated a Provincial Historic Site in 1976 it was demolished in 1979.

1921

nd-3-1339 - Pantages Theatre building, Edmonton, Alberta. - 1921

Google Streetview

nd-3-1339 - Pantages Theatre building, Edmonton, Alberta. - Now

EdHGIS: 1914 Fire Insurance Maps & Google Earth Imagery

nd-3-1339 - Pantages Theatre building, Edmonton, Alberta. - Map

Circa 1911 (Concept Drawing)

na-1328-64384 - Brown Block and Pantages Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta. - ca. 1911

1913 (Under Construction)

na-1328-64411 - Brown Block and Pantages Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta. - ca 1913

na-1328-839 - Pantages - ca 1913

May 12 1913 (Opening Night РInterior)

na-1328-2200 - Opening night, Pantages Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta. - May 12 1913

May 12 1913 (Opening Night – Interior)

This photo was dated 1921 but described as opening night (which would have been 1913, unless it is referring to an opening for a show).

This photo was dated 1921 but described as opening night (which would have been 1913, unless it is referring to an opening for a show).

1934

nd-3-6718a - Strand Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta. - 1934

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New Empire Theatre (10159 103 Street)

Circa 1936

nd-3-1642 - Miss Verna Felton in her car outside Empire Theatre, Edmonton - 1922

The image above is dated to 1936 based upon the film (“The Country Cousin”) that is playing. This film was released by Disney in 1936. Scroll to the bottom to watch it.

Google Streetview (Approximate)

nd-3-1642 - Miss Verna Felton in her car outside Empire Theatre, Edmonton - Now

August 9 1920 (Looking NW towards 103 Street – Under Construction)

nc-6-5587 - Empire Theatre under construction, Edmonton, Alberta. - August 9, 1920

Circa 1921-1922

nd-3-813 - New Empire Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta. - ca 1920-21

Circa 1921-1922 (Interior Views)

nd-3-790 - New Empire Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta. Looking towards entrance doors - ca 1921-22

nd-3-791 - New Empire Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta - ca 1921-22

nd-3-808 - New Empire Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta. Coat Check - ca 1921-22

nd-3-803 - New Empire Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta. - ca 1921-22

nd-3-797 - New Empire Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta - ca 1921-22

EdHGIS: 1914 Fire Insurance Maps & Google Earth Imagery

nd-3-813 - New Empire Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta. - Map

The Country Cousin (Released 1936)

King George Theatre (Calder – 12913 122 Street)

This is a lost theatre. So far I have not even found a photo of it, but I wanted to share the theatre where the people of Calder got their entertainment a century ago. Please leave a comment below if you know where I can find a photo…

Google Streetview

King George Theatre - 12913 122 Street - Now

EdHGIS: 1914 Fire Insurance Maps & Google Earth Imagery

King George Theatre - 12913 122 Street - Map and Henderson