Nickel Theatre, rue Sainte Catherine, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Film Index, December 3, 1910:

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“The accompanying photo represents one of the most progressive motion picture houses in Eastern Canada–‘The Nickel.’

“Its program always consists of refined and unoffensive pictures and its patronage is of the very best.

“Some of the good points of this theatre are good pictures, courteous treatment to patrons, no packed aisles, and everybody a comfortable seat.

“The electric signs in the cut were made by the Denis Advertising Signs, of this city and are worked on the flasher principle.”

In the addition to motion pictures, the Nickel, like  many early nickelodeons, featured illustrated songs: a baritone or lovely young soprano leading the audience in a sentimental or patriotic favorite while illustrative slides flashed on the screen.

The Billboard, July 11, 1908:

“Nickel Theatre (H. W. Conover, mgr.) Miss Marion Gilman, soprano; Harry Combes, baritone and the boy wonder, Master Harrington, in illustrated songs week of 22: S.R.O. continually.”

Cezar Del Valle   is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, chosen 2010 Best Book of the year by the Theatre Historical Society.

He is available for theatre walks and talks in 2013.

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