The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is thrilled to announce the addition of the Cinéma du Musée to the Museum complex in late September 2018. This project will enhance the MMFA’s multidisciplinary cultural offering and give the public an even richer and more diverse range of activities. To this end, the Museum is partnering with a team widely recognized for the quality of its programming and governance – none other than that of Cinéma Beaubien.
Nathalie Bondil, Director and Chief Curator, MMFA, explains: “My vision with the Cinéma du Musée was to bring the seventh art to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, so as to offer movie fans and aficionados an unparalleled experience in our soon-to-be metamorphosized auditorium—complete with renovation of the reception area, the latest in projection equipment and a meticulously designed program, thanks to the help of Mario Fortin and his seasoned team. The seventh art, featuring new releases, fiction, documentaries, conversations and gatherings, will thus enjoy a ‘front-row’ location at the MMFA, with its Sherbrooke Street entrance in the heart of downtown. This project rounds out the Museum’s rich multidisciplinary offering in visual arts, music and our artistic and educational programs. In particular, I’d like to thank Denise Robert, Jennifer Alleyn and an anonymous donor for their invaluable advice throughout this process. I am also delighted to welcome Mario Fortin’s team, with whom we are embarking on an incredible adventure to ensure that the Museum continues to expand our borders indefinitely!”
Mario Fortin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cinéma Beaubien and Cinéma du Parc adds: “The Cinéma du Musée will offer movie enthusiasts from Montreal and beyond the same quality of programming as they find at Cinéma Beaubien and Cinéma du Parc. Films drawn from the international repertoire will be presented in their original versions with French or English subtitles, depending on their provenance.”
The Cinéma du Musée
With a complete range of local and international films, the Cinéma du Musée will enrich downtown Montreal’s cinematographic offering. The Museum’s Maxwell Cummings Auditorium is set to undergo renovations this summer to install the equipment needed to transform the amphitheatre into a world-class Digital Cinema Package (DCP) screening room, featuring very high-resolution digital projection and a cutting-edge projector – the Smart Laser, supplied by Barco – that delivers superior quality images. Meanwhile, the Auditorium will continue to serve as a venue for conferences and other varied cultural activities in connection with the Museum’s exhibitions and collections. The Museum and Cinéma Beaubien plan to inaugurate the new movie theatre in late September 2018.
About Cinéma Beaubien
A founding member of the Association québécoise des cinémas d’art et d’essai, Cinéma Beaubien is a non-profit social economy enterprise that sets itself apart for the diversity of its cinematographic offering. It encourages cultural, economic and social development through its big-screen programming comprised mainly of international films, in addition to commercial Quebec cinema. In pursuing its mission, Cinéma Beaubien also manages Cinéma du Parc and, as of September 2018, the Cinéma du Musée.
From left to right: Mario Fortin and Nathalie Bondil. Photo MMFA, Jean-François Brière