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Historic Sites of Manitoba: New Hargrave Building / Film Exchange Building (361 Hargrave Street, Winnipeg)

The Film Exchange Building was designed by local architect Max Blankstein and built for $135,000 by Carter-Halls-Aldinger in mid-1922 to distribute movies to local theatres. The lower two floors were designed for film storage and the upper floors housed offices and work rooms. A projection room was on the third floor. Early occupants included film companies such as Fox, United Artists, Famous Players-Lasky, Regal, Canadian Universal, and Canadian National, as well as advertising agencies, and a film booking office.

Film distributors continued to occupy parts of the building into the 1970s. However, as early as the mid-1930s, the tenant mix began to diversify, eventually encompassing architects, accountants, importers, American Optical, P.M. Scientific Fur Cleaners, Dominion Bridge Company, the Canadian Jewish Congress, and the Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada, among others. The building was renamed in the 1940s. After the structure was vacated in the late 1990s, interior partition walls were removed. The building is a municipally-designated historic site.

New Hargrave Building / Film Exchange Building

New Hargrave Building (2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.89524, W97.14565
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Sources:

New Hargrave Building (361 Hargrave Street), Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, December 2001.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 May 2015

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