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Imperial Theatre

Le Théâtre Imperial

 
 
Imperial Theatre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 11, 2014
1. Imperial Theatre Marker
Inscription. English
Constructed in 1912-1913 to the designs of Philadelphia architect A.E. Westover, this structure was built by the Keith-Albee chain of New York City and its Canadian subsidiary, the Saint John Amusements Company. Dramatic, musical and vaudeville performances were highlighted in the early years. Theatres of this kind, constructed between 1912 and 1930, were among the grandest built in Canada, and acted as a transition between traditional 19th century theatres and the movie palaces of the 20th century. This building has played a central role in the social and cultural life of the city.

French
Cet édifice fut bâti en 1912-1913 par la firme Keith-Albee, de New York, et sa filiale canadienne, la Saint John Amusements Company, selon les plans de l’architecte A.E. Westover, de Philadelphie. On y présentait au début de pièces de théâtre, des revues musicales et des pentacles de variétés. Les théâtres de ce genre, construits entre 1912 et 1930, comptaient parmi les plus majestueux au Canada et faisaient la transition entre les théâtres traditionnels de XIXᵉ siècle et les grandes salles de cinéma du XXᵉ . Celui-ci fut au coeur de la vie socio-cultuelle de la ville.
 
Erected by Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission de lieux et monuments
Imperial Theatre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 11, 2014
2. Imperial Theatre Marker
The marker is to the left of the theatre, beneath the tree.
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Location. 45° 16.381′ N, 66° 3.458′ W. Marker is in Saint John, New Brunswick, in Saint John County. Marker is on Kings Square South just from Sydney Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24 Kings Square South, Saint John, New Brunswick E2L, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Saint John’s First Wind Grist Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); No. 2 Mechanics’ Volunteer Company Engine House (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint John’s Original Burial Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Founding of New Brunswick (within shouting distance of this marker); King’s Square (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); King Edward VII Memorial Bandstand (about 120 meters away); Saint John City Market (about 150 meters away); The Great Fire of 1877/L’incendie de 1877 (about 210 meters away). Click for a list of all markers in Saint John.
 
Also see . . .  Imperial Theatre. The original Imperial Theatre was designed by Philadelphia architect Albert Westover, and was built in 1912 and 1913 by the Keith-Albee vaudeville chain of New York City and their Canadian subsidiary, the Saint John Amusements Company Ltd. The
Imperial Theatre image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 11, 2014
3. Imperial Theatre
theatre was designed as a modern adaptation of the Italian Renaissance, and opened on September 19, 1913, and was used both for live vaudeville acts as well as "talkies". In 1929, it was renamed the Capitol Theatre, and like most vaudeville houses across the continent, became a cinema.
(Submitted on September 27, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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