Opening of the Cinema PremierOn November 3rd 1910, the Cinéma Premier opens to the public. The latest technology, a state of the art construction, the theatre is ahead of its time. Movies are silent, accompanied by a singer and pianist. Admission is 0.10 $.
Canadian premiere of Jack Canuck in BerlinRenowned Quebec director, producer and screenplayer Mack Sennett, from Richmond, presents its latest work for the first time in Canada at the Cinéma Premier. Following its construction, the biggest auditorium of the actual Maison du Cinéma is named to honor the legacy of the artist.
Cinéma Premier becomes Cinema FestivalThe owner of the Outremont, in Montreal, and the Cartier, in Quebec, acquires the Sherbrooke theatre and even at that time, offers a diversified programming including both commercial and artsy pictures.
Cinéma Capri replaces the Cinéma FestivalMajor change in the programming. During what is probably the less glorious time of the building, the screens are lit with erotic pictures until the Festival closes down in 1984.
Opening of La Maison du CinémaThe following year, Jacques Foisy and his business partners give back its former prestive to the establishment by creating La Maison du Cinéma. One clear goal, from the start: show quality movies.
1985 to 2006
Expansion of La Maison du CinémaTwo auditoriums are added to the two existing ones in 1990. From 4 auditoriums to 6 in 1992, to 7 in 1994, 9 in 2000 and 10 in 2001. Auditoriums 11 to 16 are built the following years.
La Maison du Cinéma is sold to the Hurtubise familyAfter 26 years, because he believes it is now time hand over the reins, Jacques Foisy sells his business. The transaction is made under three conditions: keeping the same great team, keeping the vocation of La Maison du Cinéma and keeping the ownership in Quebec.
La Maison du Cinéma goes digitalTo continue to offer the greatest experience, La Maison du Cinéma converts all of its projeciton equipment to digital. The biggest auditorium also gets a top of the line upgrade with a 4K projector, one of the only in Quebec, as well as Dolby 7.1 surround sound.
to be continued…