Snowdon Theatre

5225 Boulevard Decarie,
Montreal, QC H3W

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An attractive neighborhood theatre for about forty-five years. The Snowdon Theatre was opened in February 1937 and had an interior decorated by interior designer Emmanuel Biffra.

In 1950 the entrance facade was modified and a new marquee was added. It closed in 1982.

Additional information on this place would be appreciated.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 12, 2005 at 12:36 am

Here’s a photo I took of the Snowdon in 1989 or so. I believe it is now retail shops.
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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 12, 2005 at 1:01 am

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?

rob2018
rob2018 on September 25, 2005 at 1:11 pm

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).

colros
colros on June 19, 2008 at 12:39 am

Three photos of the original interior:

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A recent one of the exterior:

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johnnyk
johnnyk on June 28, 2009 at 6:51 am

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

Thanks

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 16, 2010 at 5:57 pm

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

IIgs
IIgs on June 17, 2014 at 8:18 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).

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