Grand Théâtre de Québec

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Grand Théâtre de Québec
WPQc-054 Grand Théâtre de Québec.JPG
Location 269, boulevard René-Lévesque Est
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
G1R 2B3
Coordinates 46°28′56″N 71°07′55″W / 46.482281°N 71.131831°W / 46.482281; -71.131831Coordinates: 46°28′56″N 71°07′55″W / 46.482281°N 71.131831°W / 46.482281; -71.131831
Construction
Opened January 16, 1971
Architect Victor Prus
Website
Official site

The Grand Théâtre de Québec is an arts complex in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. It was conceived to commemorate the Canadian Centennial of 1967 and the Quebec Conference, 1864, one of the key meetings leading to the Canadian Confederation of 1867.

Designed by Polish-Canadian architect Victor Prus, construction began in 1966 under Premier Jean Lesage but was stopped by the Union Nationale government of Daniel Johnson. Construction resumed in late 1967 but the theatre was not officially opened until January 16, 1971.

The theatre has two venues:

  • Salle Louis Fréchette, with 1875 seats, is named after the 19th-century French-Canadian writer Louis-Honoré Fréchette.
  • Salle Octave Crémazie, with 506 seats, is named after the 19th-century Canadian poet, Octave Crémazie, who was known as "the father of French-Canadian poetry".

Since October 1972, the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Québec has been located in the Grand Théâtre's complex. In 1991, the theatre complex housed 49 classrooms, 70 teaching and practice studios, and a multi-media centre with a recording studio and electroacoustic lab. The complex is also home to an impressive library which in 1991 included more than 60,000 documents of books, scores, monographs, periodicals, and recordings in various media formats.[1]

The theatre was used for the 1985 Shamrock Summit when Prime Minister Brian Mulroney entertained U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

Organizations which use the theatre include the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the Théâtre du Trident, and the Opéra de Québec. The Quebec City Summer Festival often hosts events in the theatre.

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