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Location DB > Canada > Quebec > Montreal > Seville Theater
Seville Theater
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created by cjb on 2/21/2004 6:00 PM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 12/16/2016 5:06 AM
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This 1148 seat theater on 1255 St. Catherine Street West wasdesigned by M Cajetan Dufort, it opened in 1929. In the 1950's this theatre had live stage shows, dance teams, comics and mimics who went onstage to entertain the audience. From The bell sisters, Christine and Moll, The Three Glens, to Roy Beson and Jean and Stanley Kayne. Not only this theatre had live stage shows but it also showed movies, from 1965 to 1967, The sound of music went into repertoire, also the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Earthquake was in the theatre's repertoire but the date is uncertain. In 1984 the theatre closed it's door to the public, David Stein bought the theatre in 1985 but only to board it up. In 1990 the theatre was declared a historic monument by the city of montreal, but it did not help, the building continued to gradually decay, the interior was gutted, the marquee was removed and the east wall collapsed. In 2001, this location caught the eye of Stephen Bronfman who offered plans to convert the block into a residential and commercial complex. The project consisted of including rooftop gardens, bamboo flooring and indoor composting , etc... In 2002 Stephen bronfman and his company paid about 12.5 million dollars to acquire this street corner. The project was then "mothballed." Since then Heritage montreal has been putting alot of pressure on the owner to do something about this.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
St-Catherine street
Montreal, Quebec
Owner: ?
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  •  Hazards
  • air quality
  • Pigeon droppings.
  •  Interesting Features
    Nothing too interesting,everything inside is severly smashed and vandalised. Presently owned by the bronfman clan. they had announced plans in the late 90s to make it into a shopping entertainment destination
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1928
    Closed: 1985
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    One of the first theater to be built in the western part of st-catherine street ,It closed in the 70s and is today very decayed.The place got totally riped by scavengers and is today an empty shell. The place was still operating as a rep house into the 80s i saw as a child bambi, i have the ticket stubs to prove it, in 83 here. It was build in the "atmospheric" style which permitted it to operate as a live stage theatre with no electronic sound reproduction. You can see its spectacular marquee in pictures of the richard riot.
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     Future Plans
    That building has been for sale for years now,I assume it will be demolished someday

    -additional: As of around late 2003, the buildings on that block have all been sold and slated for "renewal". the back area is surrounded by a plywood barrier, and there is minimal construction activity inside. (Jumpman)

    stephen bronfman had bought the building in the late nineties and had offered up plans for the site including gardens etc basically a facadism renovation. they also announced at the time it would be a site for the expos front office as he was a limited partner and they expos were not happy about the eviction from windsor station, since the project stalled the expos front office moved to the big owe

    Update News: February 19th 2009

    A $100-million real-estate project along the rundown block occupied by the Seville Theatre received a green light Wednesday from Montreal’s executive committee, The Gazette has learned.

    The complex is to be called Résidences Séville.

    It would provide 1,155 student-housing units in towers of seven, 10 and 25 storeys.

    The project would occupy the long-empty northern flank of Ste. Catherine St. W., between Chomedey and Lambert-Clossé Sts.
    At street level, the development would also feature retail, community, recreational and office space.
    That northern stretch of Montreal’s core shopping street consists of boarded-up storefronts, grafitti and the deteriorating facade of the Seville, which is protected by a heritage designation.
    “I would hope that the project would be finished by August of 2009 or 2010

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    Less decay
    Fri, Apr 2nd, 2004
    posted by CDM
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    Lesser Decay
    Fri, Dec 3rd, 2004
    posted by 6 Atomic 6 Garden 6
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    TaP's Sevilly shots
    Sun, Apr 30th, 2006
    posted by TaP
    8 pictures
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    Old picture of Seville, 1988
    Wed, Mar 26th, 2008
    posted by swiftman007
    6 pictures

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