Le National is a theatre that has been located in Montreal’s gay Village for over a century. It was the first theatre built by the French in America in 1900. Since then it has gone through many changes, becoming a cinema when television became popular. However, in the late 1990s, it was changed back to its original role as a theatre venue for shows. Le National hosts concerts all year, as well as special events during the many festivals that take place during the summer.
Although Montreal is home to plenty of modern venues, Le National with its faded old glamour, is unique and memorable. The deep red walls, mouldings on the ceiling, and chandeliers are unlike the newer sleeker auditoriums in town. When I attend a show at Le National, I can’t help but feel the energy of the thousands of shows that have passed before.
In a place as multiculturally rich as Montreal, where concerts are hosted in ever changing locations, it warms my heart to feel a part of the history of the city in Le National theatre.