Looking for an unforgettable location to hold a seminar, conference or gala? Montréal is home to a wide variety of theatres that are rich in history yet fully updated for the modern age. Here are 11 of our favourites.
Built in 1912, the Corona Theatre is located in the burgeoning Innovation Quarter. This historic movie theatre provides an ideal gathering space for meetings, cocktail parties, gala dinners and special events. The venue — rich in ornaments, curtains and panelling — offers a uniquely theatrical atmosphere. Maximum capacity: 786. theatrecorona.ca/en
One of the oldest venues in Montréal, it has served in the past as an opera house, theatre, movie house and discotheque. The Métropolis is one of the city’s largest performance venues today and is ideal for galas, launchings, conventions and more. Maximum capacity: 1200. metropolismontreal.ca/en
THEATRE ST. JAMES
Formerly the home of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and distinguished by its colonnade and immense portico, the building comprises three main halls available for corporate rental: the Imperial Room, the Room of Vaults, and the Princess Grace mezzanine. The Imperial Room, in particular, boasts a marble and stone interior, a skylight, stained glass windows, a stage, a curtain backdrop, and technical equipment. Maximum capacity: 500. theatrerialto.ca/en/theatre-st-james/salles/
Life is a cabaret, old chum! With origins dating back to the 1930s, the Cabaret du Lion d’Or hearkens back to the heyday of the cabarets in Berlin and Paris. Fully restored to its Art Deco splendour, the venue includes an auditorium and reception hall and is appropriate for a chic reception, a relaxed Happy Hour, or even a more modern electro-jazz soirée. The hall is equipped with a sound system, efficient lighting and Wi-Fi. Catering also available. Maximum capacity: 250. cabaretliondor.com
The Rialto, which was inspired by the Opéra de Paris and recently went through a massive restoration. With four halls of varying sizes, the venue can accommodate a wide range of events: private parties, anniversaries, graduations, fundraisers, galas, shows, weddings, product launches and cocktail parties. The opulent décor includes marble staircases, painted ceilings, gilded moldings and a Tiffany stained-glass dome. Maximum capacity: 1165. theatrerialto.ca/en/
Conveniently located in the entertainment district, L’Astral offers a variety of versatile and modern spaces and layouts. With configurations that emphasize intimacy and optimal sightlines (not to mention a carefully planned acoustic design), it makes an ideal setting for an event of any genre. Maximum capacity: 425. sallelastral.com/en
Built in 1893 with an architectural style that integrates elements of New Baroque and Mannerist style, the Monument-National theatre is home to a wide range of concerts and stage performances. With five meeting room, easily convertible from one configuration to another, the Monument-National offers a warm setting for a reunion, an event or a corporate function. Maximum capacity: 804. monumentnational.com
LE CABARET DU CASINO
The Dinner and Show format brings together the Cabaret du Casino’s world-class entertainment and delicious cuisine. An excellent choice of tables d’hôtes (set menus) are offered in a multipurpose theatre whose tiered structure guarantees an excellent view of the show from every seat in the house. Maximum capacity: 800. casinos.lotoquebec.com/en/portal/home
THE SEGAL CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
With a spacious theatre and three cocktail reception halls, the Segal Centre offers a perfect option for folks looking for kosher or other specialty catering. The lobby can accommodate several hundred guests and is fully licensed. Maximum capacity: 306. segalcentre.org
THÉÂTRE DU NOUVEAU MONDE
The TNM offers clients warm and intimate meeting spaces for every occasion, including a reception hall for cocktails, two smaller reception areas equipped with a bar, and a repetition place on the upper floor. Maximum capacity: 846. tnm.qc.ca
Unparalleled in North America, the “Caf Conc” room at the Montréal Marriott Château Champlain is the perfect combination of theatre and supper club. Guests feel like they’ve walked onto the set of Moulin Rouge. The venue is a perfect backdrop for product launches or keynote speakers. Maximum capacity: 200 guests.