Place des Arts was inaugurated during what historians now refer to as Montreal’s 1960’s Golden Age; several major construction projects came to be in that period, including Expo 67, the metro system, skyscrapers and, of course, the much debated Place des Arts. The controversial mayor at the time, Jean Drapeau, was a fervent opera lover and longed for a hall that would welcome the world’s most fabulous performances as well as revitalize the business-oriented downtown area; despite not receiving the public’s nor the government’s support, visionary Drapeau still realized his dream, one that Montrealers are thankful for today.
Now consisting of six performance halls comprising of a total of 8,000 seats, Place des Arts is a classified building of exceptional heritage value, and a significant cultural hub for Montrealers. This wealth of theatres permits the staging of opera, symphony, ballet, chamber music, choral music, theatre and various ceremonies, both during and outside the summer festival season. The complex also hosts Montreal Contemporary Art Museum. With the newly-built Montreal Symphony House and the newly-renovated Sainte-Catherine Street façade, Place des Arts is now a place of exceptional architecture right in the heart of Place des Festivals.
Place des Arts also features several public art works throughout its main hall as well as its underground tunnels, as it is part of the Montreal Underground Network.
Place des Arts is located in downtown Montreal on Sainte-Catherine Street, right off Place des Festivals. It can be accessed by car (onsite parking at $17 per day), by public transit (via station Place-des-Arts on the green line or bus routes 55 and 80) and by the Montreal Underground Network.