Thursday 7 February 2008

Bleak house

Demolition of the Théâtre de Quat’Sous, February 7, 2008

[NEIGHBOURHOOD CHRONICLES 1] We like to keep in touch with the goings-on in our neighbourhood here on the fashionable Plateau Mont-Royal. We’re not too pleased to see the passing of the Théâtre de Quat’Sous building on the not-so-fashionable Avenue des Pins just a hop east of St-Laurent Blvd. Because they needed more space (the quarters were cramped and the actors lacked proper dressing rooms), the theatre opted for a new building rather than refurbishment. They also wanted to remain in the quartier. Can’t blame them. However, Luddites that we’re not, we still regret the passing of a neighbourhood landmark. Théâtre de Quat’Sous was founded in 1955 by Paul Buissonneau and moved to its present address in 1965. The building once housed the Nusach H'ari synagogue.

Yes indeed, anything is possible.