A unique urban renewal project aimed at reviving the Empress Theatre, NDG’s little-known landmark

A convivial atmosphere, a cultural destination, a creative space for exchange and discovery in the heart of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.

Once renovated, the new Empress Theatre will offer programming geared towards the interests and tastes of the community, and provide a space where diverse social and cultural activities can take place.

Our Objectives

  • Contribute to the evolution and appeal of NDG
  • Develop a strong identity for Sherbrooke Street West
  • Establish a new hub of cultural and artistic activity to meet community demands
  • Enhance community engagement by developing educational, socio-cultural activities


  • Major investment in the sustainable revitalization of the neighbourhood
  • The creation of between 25 and 30 jobs and numerous indirect employment opportunities
  • Provide a long-term source of direct economic stimulus to area businesses

Press Conference

MEDIA ADVISORY • FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION Important partner signs letter of intent with Empress Theatre Foundation to revitalize NDG landmark Montreal, October 9, 2017 – The Empress Theatre Foundation is proud to announce it has obtained a letter of intent from an...

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New member of the team: Luc Laperrière

The Empress Theatre Foundation is proud to announce that Luc Laperrière is now part of the team to revitalize the theatre. Mr. Laperrière was recently hired as a consultant to help lead the project, following a decision by the Executive Director, Élaine Éthier, who...

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The Empress, at heart

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"Ne doutez jamais du fait qu'un petit nombre de gens réfléchis et engagés peuvent changer le monde. En vérité, c'est la seule chose que l'on n'a jamais fait." ~ Margaret Mead ... Voir plusVoir moins

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Great news from the Borough Council this week! The councilors voted on Wednesday evening to take the next steps and will work with us to evaluate our acquisition proposal so that our non-profit can take ownership of the Empress Theatre! Thanks to the mayor and colleagues for their confidence in our project.Bonne nouvelle au conseil d'arrondissement cette semaine! Les conseillers ont voté à l'unamité mercredi soir pour entreprendre les démarches pour évaluer la proposition d'acquisition du théâtre Empress par notre organisme à but non lucratif! Merci à la mairesse et ses collègues pour votre confiance. ... Voir plusVoir moins

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Belle soirée avec les membres du CA et nos collaborateurs pour fêter une année extraordinaire. Merci à tout le monde qui soutient ce beau projet! // Great evening with our board members and collaborators. We’ve come so far this year, thanks to you!! ... Voir plusVoir moins

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The Empress Theatre Foundation is a social enterprise and registered non-profit organization, incorporated under Section III of the Loi sur les companies du Québec.