Apr 22, 2018

Monarch Theatre in Medicine Hat, Alberta

Construction on the Monarch Theatre began in downtown Medicine Hat, Alberta in 1910. On December 21, 1911 the theatre celebrated its grand opening, and has since been recognized as one of the first theatres in Canada to be constructed specifically for showing films. When it opened it had 560 seats and space for a four piece orchestra.

Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta


In the 1910s the original design of the Monarch Theatre featured an arched entry way with an exterior ticket booth. This design was updated to the current Art Deco style in the 1930s.

While the Monarch had been in continuous operation since opening, it closed in 2007, was purchased by the City of Medicine Hat in 2008, and reopened again in 2009. Since then, the Monarch Theatre has undergone numerous improvements, including a new digital projector and interior restorations. That said, the theatre still has a tremendous amount of potential to be utilized not just as a cinema, but as an event space and venue for live acts.

More than a century on, the Monarch Theatre remains a charming historic landmark within the downtown core. As improvements progress and appreciation grows, I can only hope that movie-goers continue to see the value in preserving and utilizing this distinctly local cinema.

Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta

Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta
View from the projection room.

Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta

Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta
Monarch Theatre in Medicine Hat, Alberta in 1948.

Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta
Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta




Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta
Behind the screen.
Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta

Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta

Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta

Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta




Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta
Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta

Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta
Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta

Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta
Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta
Monarch Theatre in Medicine Hat, Alberta in 1948.


Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta

Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta
Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta
Vintage Peter Pan poster discovered in the basement.


Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta
Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta

Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta
The old projector prior to being updated with the digital one in 2012.
Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta
Original Monarch Theatre exterior in 1913.
Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta


Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta

Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta


Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta
Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta
Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta

Monarch Theatre Movies Cinema Medicine Hat Alberta




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