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There's something uniquely Quebecois about the kind of entertainment referred to as a spectacle. It's more than just a performance, usually involving some kind of multimedia projection, light show, and, if outdoors, fireworks. It's no wonder, then, that the ultimate spectacle, Cirque du Soleil, was founded in Montréal in the ’80s. And it's also hardly surprising that North America's largest French-speaking metropolis should be the continent's capital of French theater.

Montréal is the home of nearly a dozen professional companies and several important theater schools, but there's also a lively English-language theater scene and one of the few remaining Yiddish theaters in North America.

In 2012, the city completed the Quartier des Spectacles, a 70-acre theater district in Downtown with stages for outdoor performances and nearly 80 venues for dance, music, theater, and art.

For a city its size, Montréal offers a remarkable number of opportunities for fans of classical music to get their fill, from operas and symphonies to string quartets.

As for dance, there are several modern dance companies of note, including Montréal Danse and Québec's premier ballet company Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.

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  • 1. Cinéma du Parc

    Downtown

    A favorite of Montréal moviegoers for years, this theater focuses on first-run movies from around the world. Retrospectives based on interesting themes and prominent directors...Read More

  • 2. Grande Bibliothèque -- Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec

    Latin Quarter

    Spread over five floors, Montréal's largest public library is a modern, light-filled, and spacious place to while away an afternoon perusing an impressive film collection....Read More

  • 3. Cinéma Impérial

    Downtown

    Recognized by the Québec government as a historical monument in 2001, this grand Renaissance-style movie theater, complete with ornate ceilings, decorative molding, and red-velvet seats,...Read More

  • 4. Cinémathèque Québécoise

    Latin Quarter

    With more than 35,000 films in its collection, and a ticket price of just C$10, Montréal's Museum of the Moving Image is the best place...Read More

  • 5. CinéRobothèque

    Latin Quarter | Film

    Cinephiles can use a robot to help them browse through the National Film Board of Canada's collection of 10,000 documentaries, dramas, short...Read More

  • 6. Excentris

    The Plateau | Film

    Although two of its three former screening rooms now host live performances by singers, musicians, and dancers, the remaining Cinéma Parallèle...Read More

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