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“No center aisle?” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Place des Arts

Place des Arts
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Owner description: Montreal's top performance hall features music, drama and more.
Burlington, Vermont
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196 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“No center aisle?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013

Place des Arts

It's a large complex with multiple performance venues. Not very attractive from the outside but nice inside. Signage is practically non existent. We only found our theater because we followed the crowd. It would have been much more difficult had the other venues had shows that evening. We would not have known which crowd to follow. The Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier lobby was spacious. It offered a lot of seating and multiple bars with multiple drink choices. Nothing like the limited choices at theater bars in the states.
The theater itself is huge with no decor, stark, straight from 1963. I would never want to be sitting in the top balcony it looked like it was a mile away from the stage. The main floor seating has NO CENTER AISLE. Seats 1 and 2 are in the center of the row of seats and the numbers radiate out from there. Horrible layout, anyone with a low numbered seat has to crawl over everyone in higher numbered seats. I guess if you know this in advance you can choose your seats accordingly. I would not want to be in seats 1-10 if there was ever a need to evacuate the theater.

Visited November 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Opera at the Place des Arts”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

I saw the opera La Traviata at the Place des Arts. After sight-seeing Montreal and its beautiful architecture all day, I was shocked that the Place des Arts wasn't as striking as most of the other structures in the city. But, as the focus was opera, the venue wasn't as important as the production. The opera was fantastic and I was relieved that the supertitles were projected in both English and French.

Visited September 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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115 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Heart of the Mtl Jazz Fest”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013 via mobile

Great location for a night outdoors with Family and Friends to see out on a warm summer night, sipping on drinks and listen to music when ppl from around the world come to enjoy the Jazz Fest.

Thank Lucy S
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Windsor, United Kingdom
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23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

There was only one room - well connected rooms on the first floor that was open to public, the rest of the space was either empty or used as offices, this was suppose to be the best and highly recommended museum in Montreal and frankly it was just average

Visited October 2013
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Hanover, New Hampshire, United States
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18 reviews
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“Great Performance in a great location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

We saw the recent production of Sleeping Beauty here and were very impressed with the quality and location of the Place des Arts. Easy to get to and well managed, a very rewarding experience.

Visited October 2013
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