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The Monument National.
A fundraising event in 1890 for the construction of Monument-National.

The Monument-National is a historic Canadian theatre located at 1182 Saint Laurent Boulevard in Montreal, Quebec. Erected between 1891 and 1894, it was originally the Cultural centre of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society.

Yiddish theatre[edit]

The first performance of a Yiddish play was held there in what is now the theatre's Ludger-Duvernay room in the winter of 1896. The Monument National was a key cultural landmark in Montreal's Historic Jewish Quarter, and continued to host productions from touring and local Yiddish theatre companies until the 1940s.[1][2][3]

Renovations and current status[edit]

The theatre was declared a historic monument by the Ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec in 1976[4] and a National Historic Site of Canada in 1985.[5]

A major restoration project of the theatre was completed in June 1993 in time for the theatre's centennial celebration. The 1,620-seat theatre has been owned by the National Theatre School of Canada since 1971 and is the venue used for its productions.[6]


  1. ^ "Boulevard Saint-Laurent: Corridor for Immigration, Business and Development". Parks Canada Web site. 2009-04-15. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  2. ^ "Looking Back : Monumental". National Theatre School of Canada Web site. Spring 2004. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  3. ^ "Interactive Museum of Jewish Montreal". Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ Le Monument-National. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved August 10, 2011.
  5. ^ Monument National National Historic Site of Canada. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved August 10, 2011.
  6. ^ Gilles Potvin. "Monument national". The Canadian Encyclopedia. 

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Coordinates: 45°30′33″N 73°33′45″W / 45.5091°N 73.5625°W / 45.5091; -73.5625