The theatre in the middle of La Fontaine Park is about to get a long-overdue facelift.
Théâtre de Verdure, which originally opened in 1956, will soon be opened year round and an additional 2,500 seats will be added, including 20 wheelchair-accessible spots.
According to the Ville de Montreal website, the open-air theatre was closed in 2014 due to being “outdated.” Like the original theatre, the revamped open-air spot will be erected on the edge of the basin and will be designed with walls that will reduce noise levels for the rest of the park.
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The theatre site, once closed off outside of performances, will be kept open and accessible to the public throughout the year (with the exception of the actual stage and control room).
“La Fontaine Park holds a privileged spot in the heart of the Plateau-Mont-Royal population who visit it for its beauty, relaxation, and sports areas, as well as for its theatre, which attracts people from all over Montreal,” says Plateau-Mont-Royal Mayor Luc Rabouin. “Everyone appreciates its location and its free, cultural programming, offered in the summer. I am very proud of the citizen participation that led to the design of the new Théâtre de Verdure. Its construction paves the way for the transformation of La Fontaine Park, which is part of our vision of making Montreal a greener, more inclusive, and more dynamic metropolis.”
The new-look Théâtre de Verdure is expected to reopen in 2021, though no specific date has been announced at this time.