The Laurier Palace Theatre Fire, January 9, 1927

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Facade of the Laurier Palace Cinema after the tragic fire in January 1927.

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." The fire, reportedly caused by a discarded cigarette which had been smouldering beneath the floorboards, started in early afternoon.