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

We cannot wait another year

Following the recent tragic events of heritage buildings lost to fire in Montreal, we are very concerned about the fate of the Empress Theatre on Sherbrooke Street West which has been unoccupied for far too long. Abandoned historical buildings such as the Empress are...

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Foundation is made up of  nine enthusiastic volunteer board members and one dedicated Executive Director. We also have a dozen volunteers who participate on committees for fundraising, communication, real estate, cinema and finance. Cinéma NDG started the project...

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Support from Andy Nulman

When I was a mere lad, I spent many a night at the Cinema V.  Saw 3D movies when the glasses were cardboard and coloured celluloid, offbeat indy premieres like Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein, cartoon compendiums and lost classics like Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Ring” (I saw...

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The Empress, at heart

Follow our progress!

Bonne fête à notre chère fondatrice et DG Élaine! 🎁🌟🎈Wishing our founder and executive director Elaine all the very best today! ... Voir plusVoir moins

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Ce soir à l'émission Les Francs-Tireurs, Richard Martineau visite le Théâtre Empress en compagnie de Michel Coulombe. À ne pas manquer!!! ... Voir plusVoir moins

Ce soir à l'émission, Benoit Dutrizac roule en camion, Richard Martineau jase de politique avec Maxime Bernier et on visite les décombres du Theatre Empress dans le cadre de notre off 375e annivers...

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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.