Thursday, November 8, 2012

Now playing in Le Sud­-Ouest…, Nov 11-Dec 20

Tonight is the opening Vernissage for the exhibition «À l’affiche dans Le Sud-­Ouest…» La belle époque des cinémas de quartier dans Le Sud­-Ouest entre 1898 et 1982 (Now playing in Le Sud-­Ouest…: The Golden Age of the neighbourhood movie theatres in Le Sud-­Ouest, between 1898 and 1982).

The opening takes place from 5-7pm, November 8 at the Centre culturel Georges-Vanier, 2450,rue Workman (Métro Lionel‐Groulx). The bilingual, free exhibition will then run from November 11 to December 20.

The exhibition’s theme is the Golden Age of the neighbourhood movie theatres in Montréal’s arrondissement du Sud-Ouest between 1898 and 1982. It is the result of research done on the evolution and exploitation of the cinema in Pointe-Saint Charles, Griffintown, Ville-Émard, Côte-Saint-Paul, Saint-Henri, Petite-Bourgogne and Sainte-Cunégonde.

For nearly a century, the cinema has been one of the most popular forms of entertainment for Montrealers and the theatres which showed the films figured high on the list of the population’s cultural activities. Some 20 movie houses sprouted up in the Sud-Ouest during the boom years of the “moving picture show.” Today, sadly, only three are still standing, among which the magnificent Théâtre Corona which this year celebrates its hundredth year.

This exhibition will bring most of them back to life and it just is the first installment in a project of the SHPSC on the Sud-Ouest’s movie theatres. It will be followed by a publication and a self-guided audio-tour that will cover the most significant ones presented in the exhibition in greater detail.

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