Neighbourhood - Buildings

Impérial



Achitecture

Bordering Bleury Street, the Imperial differs slightly from the typical super-palace. It has an imposing monolithic façade of vitrified terracotta. The ground floor has a principal entrance and two side emergency exits surmounted by oval oeil-de-boeuf (bull's-eye) windows. On the upper floor, the windows are separated by diamond panels topped by a modillion cornice that once included a parapet decorated with bas-reliefs. The lights above the marquee have disappeared, and the marquee has been modernized.

The inside is of red and gold, and the Adam (or Adamesque) style, typical of Montreal super-palaces, is much in evidence. Among the characteristics of this style are the decorated ceiling dome, the side walls narrowing toward the large stage and its red curtain, and the arched proscenium with its richly decorated side arches leading to the emergency exits and backstage area. The decoration of the hall and foyer, also in the Adam style, is impressive for its materials, including marble, its many details, its paintings of bucolic scenes, and its decorative moulding. Finally, the banister of oak and wrought iron is worth a look.

The theatre had a seating capacity of 2400 until the 1950s, when it was equipped with the Cinerama system, requiring the addition of a projection booth.

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Imperial, exterior view
Circa 1985
15 cm x 10.2 cm
© Cinéma Impérial, © Héritage Montréal

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Imperial, exterior view

15 cm x 10.2 cm
© Cinéma Impérial, © Héritage Montréal

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Imperial Theatre, interior view, staircases

12.8 cm x 10.1 cm
© Library and Archives Canada /MISA3948 , © Héritage Montréal

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Imperial Theatre, interior view, hall with movie titles «All Quiet on the Western Front» and «Follow Thru»
Circa 1930
12.8 cm x 10.1 cm
© Library and Archives Canada /MISA3940 , © Héritage Montréal

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Imperial Theatre, interior view, hall with «Blondie's Big Deal» movie poster
Circa 1949
12.8 cm x 10.1 cm
© Library and Archives Canada /MISA3947 , © Héritage Montréal

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Imperial, view toward the scene

27.9 cm x 21.6 cm
© Cinéma Impérial, © Héritage Montréal

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Imperial, view toward the scene from the mezzanine
Jacques Grenier

© Cinéma Impérial /Jacques Grenier, © Héritage Montréal

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Imperial, view toward the scene from the mezzanine
Jacques Grenier

© Cinéma Impérial /Jacques Grenier , © Héritage Montréal

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Imperial, ornamental detail of the ceiling with Canada's coat of arms
Joan Roch

© Cinéma Impérial /Joan Roch, © Héritage Montréal

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Imperial, interior view on the auditorium doors
May Truong

© Cinéma Impérial /May Truong, © Héritage Montréal

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Imperial, ornamental details of the ceiling
May Truong

© Cinéma Impérial /May Truong, © Héritage Montréal

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Imperial, ornamental details
Joan Roch

© Cinéma Impérial /May Truong, © Héritage Montréal

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Imperial, exterior view
Joan Roch

© Cinéma Impérial/ May TRuong, © Héritage Montréal

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Imperial, exterior view

© Cinéma Impérial, © Héritage Montréal

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Imperial, interior view, hall

© Cinéma Impérial, © Héritage Montréal

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Bird-eye view of the neighborhood surrounding the Imerial Theatre

© SIQ, © Héritage Montréal