The Monument-National


1182 St Laurent Boulevard
Montreal, Quebec
H2X 2S5

Directions from Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport


Promoted by Ben Weider, the first Canadian National Bodybuilding Championship was held inside the walls of the Monument-National in 1946.

In 1959, Mexican Eddy Sylvestre won the first ever IFBB Mr. Universe (later to become the World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships), also created by Ben Weider.

Built between 1891 and 1893, the Monument-National is the oldest theater in Quebec still in operation today. Inaugurated on June 24, 1893 by the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Association of Montreal, it is the oldest theater in Canada. The Monument-National is not only one of the largest buildings in Montreal at the time; it is also the first with a steel structure. It is distinguished from other large buildings of the time, all of Victorian style, by its neo-renaissance facade. By the end of the nineteenth century, the Monument-National, which lies at the heart of what was becoming the Jewish city, is a formidable place of creation, exchange and entertainment. This makes it one of the first and most important community and cultural homes in America.

The Monument-National
Built when the first wave of Jewish immigrants reached Montreal, the Monument-National found itself, once completed, in the heart of the Jewish city. Naturally and with the support of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Association, it has become an imposing Jewish community center, used for the occasion of a synagogue, without ceasing to be frequented by the public and French-Canadian artists. In 1896, he presented the first Yiddish (Jewish) performances - from New York. For nearly sixty years, the Monument has also been America's main Yiddish scene outside of New York. In 1919, the Monument-National hosted the First Canadian Jewish Congress.

Having miraculously escaped a few times at the peak of the wreckers, the Monument-National is declared a "classified cultural property" in 1976. The building is finally restored from 1991 to 1993. One hundred years to the day after its inauguration, the Monument-National thus experienced a tremendous revival on June 24, 1993.


The Ludger-Duvernay Theatre
This proscenium theatre, seating 804 (347 on the main floor, 158 on the mezzanine and 299 in the balcony), has an orchestra pit and a removable forestage. Its acoustics are ideal for both the human voice and instrumental music. Each spectator has an excellent viewing angle and a relationship between stage / audience that creates a strong sense of intimacy. Designated camera spaces throughout the theatre facilitate television shoots.


Salon Rouge
This bright and airy room is set against ornate wall-to-wall windows with original 19th century wood-work and boasts a contemporary conference table. Intimate and refined, the Salon rouge's serene atmosphere makes it a prestigious venue for receptions, meetings, launches, and press conferences for 50 to 100 persons. It can be divided into two smaller spaces by closing its movable partition.


4th Floor - Cabaret | Salle De Répétition
This huge hall is ideal for rehearsals, artistic residencies - theatre, dance or music - and can be set-up to host shows for a hundred spectators. The Rehearsal Hall measures 31' x 54' x 17' in height and has a Green Room.


Le Café
Located on the ground floor of the Monument-National, Le Café is a theater with variable configuration that focuses on intimacy and usability. With a bar and versatile technical equipment, this venue can accommodate a wide range of activities - intimate performances, film screenings, launches, press conferences, meetings and seminars - in a warm atmosphere. It can accommodate between 100 and 130 people seated and up to 180 in cocktail.