Montreal’s Imperial Cinema Under Restoration
MONTREAL, CANADA — Montreal’s last surviving single screen movie palace, the Imperial (1913), is finally under restoration.
This week saw the framing of the new marquee installed. The theater was last run by Famous Players and was donated by Viacom to the Montreal World Film Festival in 1995.
The restoration has taken some time to start as funding was secured. The ornate red and gold interior will be restored, the lobby is being enlarged and state of the art projection equipment is being installed. Removal of past modifications has revealed some of the damaged detail in the facade.
The Imperial will act as the main venue for premieres and gala screenings for the 2004 Festival (August 26-September 6). Historical designation in 2001.
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