Playhouse Cinema, Thein-person Doors Open Hamilton

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
Playhouse Cinema, The

Built in 1914 as a vaudeville and movie theatre, this distinctive beaux-arts building was designed by Stewart & Witton. After 76 years of continuous operation, the theatre closed in August 1990. But, in 2018, it reopened as an independent art-house cinema. Original architectural features – including lavish interiors – have been beautifully restored, and a new neon sign recreates the long-lost original.

The Playhouse Cinema is Hamilton's oldest existing cinema. Built in 1914 for the Sherman Avenue Theatre Company as a 700-seat vaudeville-era and motion picture theatre, this distinctive beaux-arts building was designed by Stewart & Witton. An important community space in Hamilton's north end, it served as a voting station during the 1946 Steel Workers Union strike that changed labour laws across Canada, and, in the 1960s, it showed Italian films and Hollywood films dubbed into Italian. Attendance declined in the 1980s and the theatre closed in 1990. In 2018, after years of neglect, The Playhouse Cinema reopened as an independent art-house cinema. Original architectural features – including lavish interiors – have been beautifully restored, and a new neon sign recreates the long-lost original. Coming soon: For Digital Doors Open, watch the video below to learn more about this unique site.

Contact info

177 Sherman Avenue North
Hamilton, Ontario

https://www.playhousecinema.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1914
Building type:Theatre
Architect: Steward & Witton
Architectural style:Beaux arts

Dates/hours open

May 07, 10:00am - May 08, 02:00pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.