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Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Seating capacity: 2,996

Proscenium stage theatre with a large, multifunctional stage (47 m X 17 m) and an automated orchestra pit of variable shape that can hold 100 musicians. It is the largest performance hall of its kind in Québec. Equipped with everything one could require for large-scale performances: opera, dance, variety, circus arts, musicals, etc.


    Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier boasts the most advanced technical equipment available. Behind it is a bright, modern rehearsal room lit by natural light. The Salon vert (Green Room), and the administrative offices of Place des Arts, the Opéra de Montréal and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal are also located behind the stage. An indoor loading dock provides direct access to the stage

    Built in 1963, the hall was first called the Grande Salle before being renamed in honour of renowned conductor Wilfrid Pelletier, who conducted the first gala concert in the hall. It was designed by Montreal architects Affleck, Desbarats, Dimakopoulos, Lebensold, Michaud and Sise.

    The ceramic high reliefs by Jordi Bonet that sit above the eight doors leading into Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier have been integrated into the venue’s architecture in a most remarkable manner. These compositions, called Amor, were inspired by two themes dear to the artist: love and fertility.


    Salon vert
    Located in a rotunda backstage in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, the Salon vert (Green Room) is ideal for meetings with artists and for various special events.

    Foyers on the even- and odd-numbered parterre level
    These foyers can accommodate over 450 people on each side. Lectures and talks for approximately 200 people (seated) can also be held here

    Piano nobile
    This large central foyer is an ideal spot for private receptions, lectures, or talks. This “noble area” opens on to two grand staircases overlooking Les Anges radieux by Quebec artist Louis Archambault (1912-2003). Illuminated by the high bay windows of the façade, the Piano nobile offers a spectacular view of the Esplanade and the work by Claude Bettinger, L'Artiste est celui qui fait voir l’autre côté des choses (An artist is one who shows the other side of things). It can accommodate approximately 500 people standing, it can seat 300 people for performances and talks, or 150 people for banquets.

    Pellan Bar
    Located behind the Piano nobile, the space was named in honour of artist Alfred Pellan whose glass wall, Cosmos musical, takes up the entire back wall of the bar. The Pellan Bar can accommodate 75 people. A kitchen adjacent to the bar is available to caterers during receptions.

    Beauchemin Foyer
    Located on the odd-numbered side of the corbeille level, this foyer was named after artist Micheline Beauchemin who bequeathed to Place des Arts her tapestry on canvas entitled La chute d’Icare (The Fall of Icarus). The foyer has a capacity of approximately 200 people standing; it can seat 150 people for lectures or banquets.

    Lapalme Foyer
    Located on the even-numbered side of the corbeille level, this foyer was named in honour of artist Robert Lapalme who bequeathed to Place des Arts a tapestry filled with light and shadow effects, Orphée et Dionysos sur les bords du Styx (Orpheus and Dionysus on the shores of the Styx). The Lapalme Foyer can accommodate up to 200 people standing; it can seat 150 people for lectures or banquets.

    Galerie Bar
    Located on the 7th floor, the Galerie Bar can accommodate up to 75 people and serves the mezzanine and balcony levels.
    There is another space where you can relax on the upper floors, at the balcony level.

    Cloakroom: $3


    Assistance for persons with reduced mobility
    During shows, a member of the ushering staff is specifically designated to assist persons with reduced mobility. Customers who require assistance must report to the main security desk.

    Aids for the hearing-impaired
    An audio system enables hearing-impaired spectators to tune into the audio signal of the show by setting their FM receivers to 90.9.

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Place des Arts

175 Ste-Catherine Street West
Montreal (Quebec)

H2X 1Z8

Tel.: 514 285-4100

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