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Following recommendations from Public Health, the shows and public activities scheduled until October 28 are canceled or postponed.
Beyond this date, Place des Arts will be able to host 250 people or fewer. Learn more

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Formerly called La Grande Salle, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier is the largest Italian-theatre-style performance venue in Québec. It hosts major shows from Place des Arts’ two resident companies, the Opéra de Montréal and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal.

  • Capacity: 2,996 seats
  • Perfect for: large-scale shows, operas, musical comedies, dance shows, convocations, and rock, jazz and pop concerts.
  • Note: major renovations since 2013 include:
    • revamped outdoor colonnade
    • replaced seats
    • renovated orchestra pit, which can hold up to 100 musicians
    • redesign of the backstage areas, the multi-purpose room and the dressing rooms
    • installation of high-end d&b audiotechnik brand sound equipment (used by halls such as the Sydney Opera House, the Apollo Theater in New York, Salle Louis-Fréchette at the Grand Théâtre de Québec and Massey Hall in Toronto).
  • Other features: modern, bright rehearsal space with natural-light backlighting and an indoor loading dock that provides direct access to the stage. Dimensions: 47 by 17 metres.

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

260, boulevard Maisonneuve West

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Venue from the stage
Photo credit : Caroline Bergeron
The stage from the corbeille.
Photo credit : Caroline Bergeron
The stage from the parterre. Show : Don Giovanni by the Opéra de Montréal / 16/17 season
Photo credit : Caroline Bergeron
The stage and the orchestra pit from the parterre. Show : Don Giovanni by Opéra de Montréal / 16/17 season
Photo credit : Caroline Bergeron
The venue from the stage - Show by Jean Leloup.
Photo credit : Caroline Bergeron
The stage from the corbeille level.
Photo credit: Caroline Bergeron
The venue fro the side.
Photo credit: Caroline Bergeron
The stage from the parterre.
Photo credit: Caroline Bergeron



Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier offers show producers and corporate event organizers a number of adjacent spaces, which can be rented alone or along with the performance hall.

Many services are available for an additional fee in each of the adjacent rental spaces: greeters, security and bar staff; table, chair and red carpet rental; catering service; cleaning and setup services, and more.

Photo : Caroline Bergeron

Piano nobile
This “noble floor,” which opens onto two wide staircases, is a central space well suited to holding private receptions, lectures and talks. Overlooked by the work Les Anges radieux by Québec artist Louis Archambault, Piano nobile gives a spectacular view of the Esplanade thanks to its tall bay windows.

Capacity: 500 people standing, 300 people seated for shows and lectures, or 25 banquet tables.

Bar Galerie
Located on the seventh floor, behind the mezzanine level and the balconies. Capacity: 75 people standing, 50 seated or three banquet tables. A lounge space is also available on the upper floors at the balcony level.*

Photo : Caroline Bergeron

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier's foyers
Odd-and even-numbered parterre foyers*

These foyers can accommodate more than 450 people on each side. Lectures and talks can also be held here for about 100 people seated.

Foyer Beauchemin
Located on the odd-numbered side, at the first balcony level, this space features La Chute d'Icare (The Fall of Icarus), a tapestry by artist Micheline Beauchemin. Capacity: 200 people standing, 150 people seated or 15 banquet tables.

Foyer Lapalme
Located on the even-numbered side, at the first balcony level, this space features Orphée et Dionysos sur les bords du Styx (Orpheus and Dionysus on the Shores of the Styx), a tapestry replete with shadow and light effects, created by Robert Lapalme. Capacity: 200 people standing, 150 people seated or 15 banquet tables.


Photo : Caroline Bergeron

Bar Pellan
Located behind Piano nobile, Bar Pellan is an impressive space thanks to its immense glass wall, Cosmos musical, by artist Alfred Pellan. Capacity: 75 people standing. A kitchen adjacent to the bar is available for caterers during receptions.


Salon d’honneur
Recently renovated, and located backstage of Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, the Salon d’honneur is perfect for meetings with artists, special events, ceremonial gatherings and more. Capacity: 30 people standing.

*Greeter, security and bar staff service fees may be added when renting these spaces for cocktail parties or receptions.


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