After being closed for eight years for renovations, Park Lafontaine’s outdoor theater will reopen Thursday night.
Le Theater de Verdure kicks off nearly two months of free shows with a presentation by Les Ballets Jazz Montreal.
There are more than 30 different presentations including circus shows, film screenings, a Martha Wainwright music show, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and many more.
The theater first opened in 1956.
Many events have been held here over the years but there was no seating and the stage was very basic.
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The city sees this new and improved venue, designed by architectural firm Lemay, as a bridge between nature and culture.
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“We are very proud of this open-air theatre,” said Plateau-Mont-Royal Mayor Luc Rabouin. “There was a grand planning strategy that the people of Montreal contributed their ideas to. It made it possible to create plans that were contemporary and in tune with nature and the unique character of this beloved park.”
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Theater is also an opportunity for Montrealers to enjoy big acts for free, and for performers it’s a chance to connect with audiences in other ways.
“We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary with two new pieces at this venue that we’ve performed several times in the past,” said Tony Bougiouris of Ballets Jazz Montreal.
“We’re just thrilled and excited to be able to have this exchange with Montrealers.”
The concept is: first come, first served.
The full program is available at Montreal.ca.
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