It is quite a thrill to walk into the cream colored foyer of the Montreal and then up a short flight of steps to the superb interior of this magnificent theatre. As you'll see in the photo gallery, your eyes meet a velvet black curtain with with patterns spiralling up like golden flames from its base. This wonderful curtain, obtained from a Disney production in Melbourne, was about to be discarded when rescued by Montreal Volunteers.
This wonderful theatre is an almost intact example of a 1920’s picture theatre designed the architects, Kaberry and Chard. It is “modernistic” in style with Art Deco elements, 862 square metres in area and built in brick by Joseph Nyson to compliment the existing draper’s store owned by JJ Learmont.
The façade is imposing with rendered pilasters, overhanging false pitched roof eaves, windows with astragal bars (at the projection box level) and ornamental carriage lamps.
As a result of all this, and its rich social history, The Montreal has recently been placed on the State heritage register, a great honor.
The theartre is managed by a citizens committee and run by volunteers who afford a very warm welcome to all who come. It does not screen all week, and so what's on and when, should be carefully checked before setting out to visit. This can be done via the website or committee member Margaret at the radio station