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Opened in 1912, the Laurier Palace was the scene of a tragic fire on January 9, 1927 which claimed the lives of seventy-eight children because the number of exits was inadequate and the some of those were blocked. With 77 fatalities under the age of 16, it’s easy to understand why the Laurier Palace Theatre fire is sometimes referred to as “the saddest fire.”. Where the theatre used to be, there's now a Church & this sign was put there in the memory of those who died. -- The death of another youngster today brought the number of casualties up to 77 in the Laurier Palace theatre fire and panic here yesterday afternoon. — On January 9th 1927, the Laurier Palace theatre, situated in the east of Montreal, burned down. The audience of 800 consisted mainly of children aged five to 17, excitedly relishing the comedy Get Em Young. Under the floorboards a cigarette lay smoldering. THE NEW YORK TIMES, January 10, 1927 * Laurier Palace Theatre fire * Montreal Canada * Children disaster The top of the front page has a four column headline: "77 CHILDREN DIE IN TEN-MINUTE PANIC AS FIRE STARTS IN MONTREAL THEATRE; ALL SUFFOCATED IN JAM ON STAIRWAY" with many subheads and list of the dead. BY ANGELO VERZONI. An usher spotted a small fire – probably from a discarded cigarette – and, after giving the alarm, tried to deal with it using an extinguisher. The Brooklyn Theatre fire was a catastrophic theatre fire that broke out on the evening of December 5, 1876 in the city of Brooklyn (now a borough of New York City).The fire took place at the Brooklyn Theatre, near the corner of Washington and Johnson streets, with over a thousand guests attending. The conflagration killed at least 278 individuals, with some accounts reporting more than 300 dead. In an instant it flared into a big fire. Lengthy first report coverage.

Quebec, QC Royal Theatre Fire, Jun 1946; Montreal, QB Laurier Palace Theatre Fire, Jan 1927; L'Isle-Verte, QB Terrible Nursing Home Fire, Jan 2014; Hazel Park, MI House Fire, Nov 1980; Philadelphia, PA House Fire, Nov 1980 In the early afternoon of January 9, 1927, hundreds of children were gathered at the movie theater in Montreal, Quebec, for a showing of the comedy Get ’Em Young.
The Laurier Palace movie theatre in Montreal was nearly full for the Sunday matinee. Le projet Laurier Palace tente de réactiver cette mémoire au travers de fragments éclectiques extraits du passé et du présent. A small fire with tragic results that occurred in a movie theatre in Montreal on Sunday, January 9, 1927, was also known as "the saddest fire" or the Laurier Palace Theatre "crush." Facade du Laurier Palace apres incendie 1927.jpg 450 × 395; 66 KB Laurier palace, 10 janvier1927.jpg 600 × 422; 79 KB Laurier-Palace-Theatre-Incendie.jpg 1,679 × 1,311; 1.55 MB

To avoid thinking that these tragedies only happened in the distant past, we have only to remember the recent disaster in West Warwick, R.I., when a fire in the Station nightclub killed 100 people. On January 9, eight hundred children aged five to fifteen were attending a movie at the Laurier Palace Theatre. On Jan. 9, 1927, fire broke out at the Laurier Palace Theatre on Ste-Catherine St. E., at Dézery St. That Sunday afternoon, hundreds of children had been in …

Laurier Palace Theatre, Ste Catherine Street East On January 9th, 1927, the Laurier Palace theatre burned down, killing 78 kids. Other tragic examples include the Laurier Palace fire in Montreal, the Cocoanut Grove fire in Boston and the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire in Kentucky. The theater was closed after the fire, never reopened, and was later demolished. Located on Saint-Catherine Street East in the working class neighbourhood of Hochelaga, the Laurier Palace Theatre was one of Montreal's first cinemas.

Monday marks 90 years since the Laurier Palace Theatre fire in Montreal killed 78 children in one of Canada's most horrific tragedies. THE NEW YORK TIMES, January 10, 1927 * Laurier Palace Theatre fire * Montreal Canada * Children disaster The top of the front page has a four column headline: "77 CHILDREN DIE IN TEN-MINUTE PANIC AS FIRE STARTS IN MONTREAL THEATRE; ALL SUFFOCATED IN JAM ON STAIRWAY" with many subheads and list of the dead. Lengthy first report coverage. All of them sat in the balcony enthralled by the comedy 'Get Em Young'. The fire, reportedly caused by a discarded cigarette which had been smouldering beneath the floorboards, started in early afternoon. The Laurier Palace Theatre fire of 1927—Montreal, Canada. Some thirty other children, who were injured in the catastrophe, are now receiving treatment in hospitals.

The fire resulted in the death of 78 children, aged between 4 and 18. Montreal, Jan. 10.