The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre

by Canad Inns

281 Donald Street

Directly across from the Bell MTS Place

The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre is a unique food and beverage emporium and Multi-Purpose Event Centre. The state of the art conference, banquet and meeting facility can accommodate upward of 1,000 persons while retaining the original look, feel and grandeur of the historic theatre.

Designed by famed architect C. Howard Crane, the Allen Theatre first opened its doors 1919 to the arrival of the Golden Age of Cinema. Designed in the sumptuous style of the era, this “Movie Palace” offered films along with a variety of live entertainment. Opulently decorated lounges allowed patrons to gather and socialize, as well as be entertained. After 68 years of operation, the Movie Theatre was closed in 1987. In 2012 Canad Inns reopened the doors and revealed the new Metropolitan Entertainment Centre.

The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre features a variety of exquisitely appointed spaces to cater to any need. Enjoy a casual drink or an intimate meal in the lavish Lobby and Promenade Lounges. Enjoy dinner and then settle back to watch a movie in the Grand Hall on the 35 26 ft. screen, or reserve one of the balcony level privates boxes for your next special event. Private meetings or pre-event gatherings can be catered in the state-of-the-art Function Room, and the Roof-top Patio provides an ideal spot for seasonal dining. The MET offers a delectable menu of contemporary casual cuisine prepared in-house by the talented team led by Chef Dan Ardies.

On your own, or with 1000 of your closest friends, we cordially invite you to the MET.

Eat, Drink, and be Entertained.

Parks Canada Designates The MET as a National Historical Site

On January 15, 2018, a special ceremony was held to commemorate The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre as a national historic site with the unveiling of a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque.

Following a dormancy of almost 20 years, Canad Inns acquired the building in 2007 and began planning the rejuvenation of this beautiful building.

After several years of planning, a dedicated team of artisans, architects, contractors, and owners (Lea and Lane Ledohowski) worked with the support of politicians, and community leaders to slowly breathe life back into this gem.

The rejuvenation of The MET was the vision of Canad Inns Founder and Chair, Leo Ledohowski. For him, this was a labour of love. He saw the beauty hidden under the dust and neglect, and this piece of history is his gift back to the community that he loves so dearly.

Canad Inns extends sincere thanks to Parks Canada for adding The MET to a long and impressive list of national historic sites.

We look forward to another century of making history at The MET!