Snowdon Theatre

5225 Boulevard Decarie,
Montreal, QC H3W

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IIgs
IIgs on April 24, 2019 at 12:52 am

I drove by in recent weeks, looking up from the expressway below. I only had a quick glimpse, but what I managed to see—or rather what I did not see, shocked me! Behind the front wall was absolutely nothing, just empty space. The entire building has been demolished to the ground, nothing is left.

That the front facade (couple of inches) and the marquee sign were preserved are meaningless. It’s just a hallow gesture, a false mask, to (partial) obscure the ugly modern condo building going up behind it. The important part worth saving was the intricate and jaw dropping art deco from nearly century ago on the the walls and ceiling inside. Was any of it saved? This being Montreal, I think the likely answer is no.

Also worth mention, the lettering on the marquee sign was modified for petty political reasons years after the theater closed. So not even that is original. Yet another beautiful landmark in Montreal…destroyed. Sigh.

rivest266
rivest266 on April 16, 2019 at 12:10 pm

To be torn down except for the facade for a new condo project. Ad in photo section.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 4, 2018 at 8:27 am

I, a Woman reopened a week later at the Fairview cinemas in Pointe Claire. another article Snowdon theatreSnowdon theatre Thu, Aug 15, 1968 – 3 · The Gazette (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) · Newspapers.com

IIgs
IIgs on September 1, 2017 at 12:03 pm

Update for 2016-17: In late March 2016, vandals started a serious fire that caused major damage to the roof. The theater has been completely boarded and abandoned since.

In May 2017, the city tentatively sold the building to a condo developer, with a request they preserve the theater’s marquee sign and building facade. Nothing about saving the interior or art-deco was said (i.e. the part worth saving!). Of course there’s no guarantee any of it will be saved, it could just be outright demolished.

As of September 2017, the Snowdon theater still sits abandoned and deteriorating.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 18, 2017 at 3:42 pm

French language grand opening ad in the photo section. It opened on February 27th, 1937.

IIgs
IIgs on June 17, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Update as of June 2014: All tenants of the building have been permanently evicted due to unsound roof conditions (leaking and rapidly deteriorating). The city of Montreal has bordered it up and refusing to carry out any repairs.

Likely it will suffer the same fate as other Montreal theaters bordered up and left to the elements. Disturbing as there is a literal treasure of art-deco on the walls and ceiling of the original theater still intact (for now).

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 16, 2010 at 9:57 am

Three pictures of the former Snowdon appear on this blog page: View link

johnnyk
johnnyk on June 27, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Does anybody know what happened to Nello’s Pizza located a block down from the Snowdon Theatre??? ( approx. 1972 )

Thanks

colros
colros on June 18, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Three photos of the original interior:

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A recent one of the exterior:

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rob2018
rob2018 on September 25, 2005 at 5:11 am

In 1988-89 the building was gutted and restrucutred into a large space which occupies the now 2nd floor, and several smaller units on ground level. The building was owned privately and rented out the lower units to several different retailers including a hair salon, a photocopy store, a bar and a trading card store in the basement. The larger upper space (which is the only part to retain any remnants of the old Snowdon Theatre) was rented by the City of Montreal for a semi-private gymnastics club for kids. Tired of renting, in 2003 or 2004 the city finally bought the entire building from its private owners. The establishments still remain, and children from 3 to 16 years old still practice gymanstics below a gorgeous art deco ceiling. The walls are lined with angelic sculptures which indicate where the exits once lied beneath, the area where the screen was is still clearly visible and beatifully bordered, and the projection room is now an office which overlooks the entire space from high above. Flexart Gymnastics Club still operates in the old theatre and continues to command a “wow” from visitors upon entering. You can visit their website at www.flexart.ca for a current picture that gives you a good look from the balcony area (under the “birthday parties” link).

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 11, 2005 at 5:01 pm

re: “Prices that day were 25 cents and 34 cents."
Hell, I would have gone in the afternoon for only 15 or 20 cents. Were there senior discounts?

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 11, 2005 at 4:36 pm

Here’s a photo I took of the Snowdon in 1989 or so. I believe it is now retail shops.
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