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Montreal, October 10, 2017 – The Empress Theatre Foundation is very proud to announce that we have signed a letter of intent with the French cinema chain MK2. After several months of consultation, the Foundation and MK2 will submit a joint business plan to the City of Montreal before the end of the month. Today the Foundation is one important step closer to revitalizing NDG’s Empress Theatre.

The borough has expressed an interest in donating the building, located on Sherbrooke Street West, to the Empress Theatre Foundation pending the city’s review of the business plan. Work with MK2 to preserve and protect this important heritage site by transforming it into a modern cinematic complex is slated to begin shortly in the new year.

“We are extremely pleased that MK2 has taken an interest in this project”, says Empress Theatre Foundation board president, Kim Fuller. “They are a solid partner with not only vast expertise in cinema management, but a genuine interest in supporting the borough’s local economy. Their cinemas in France were our inspiration for this project. It was important for our board of directors that we present the City of Montreal with solid evidence that we know what we are doing. Together with MK2 and our good governance, we’re doing just that.”  

About MK2

Founded in 1974 by Marin Karmitz and headed since 2005 by sons Nathanaël et Elisha Karmitz, MK2 is synonymous with the best of independent and international film. MK2 offers quality cinematic experiences and creating space for creative expression, with 25 cinema complexes (182 screens) in France and Spain that welcome 8.5 million guests every year. MK2 also distributes a rich catalogue of more than 600 films in France and around the world including some of the world’s leading filmmakers. Each year, MK2 produces, co-produces, sells and distributes 15 to 20 new films by new and upcoming filmmakers. For more information visit www.mk2pro.com.

About the Empress Theatre Foundation

One project, one vision: a welcoming, accessible space for all that is in tune with urban life and the borough of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. A cultural space to share ideas and encourage social action. Our mission: To transform the Empress Theatre into a landmark cultural destination that promotes the artistic, economic, and social development of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and surrounding areas. 

Information: Kim Fuller, President of the Board, Empress Theatre Foundation