Thursday, February 18, 2010

Seville Theatre Feb 7th 2010

The Seville Theater located on the corner of Chomedey and St. Catherine's Street has been abandoned since 1985.  Built in 1929, the Seville held 1148 seats and had a single screen. In the 1940s it was a live theater hosting a number of performances. From the 1960s until its close in 1985 it reverted back to showing movies. Since then it has laid in ruin slowly eroding away... In 1990 it was deemed an historic site and in 1997 there was hope that the entire section of area up until the Forum would be redeveloped, however, those plans fell through. In 1998 the interior was gutted and it has remained since a hollowed out husk. Although Heritage Montreal has pressured the property owner to do something with this area there have been no improvements or redevelopment announcements.  In 2009 it was declared that the Seville Theatre and the adjacent structure would be completely demolished to make room for a 100 million dollar real-estate project -which will no doubt be another condominium tower.

I got in on the 7th and got some pics of the hollowed out interior filled with various refuse and some graffiti. It's probably not going to be around for much longer which is a shame since it could have been preserved.


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