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August 10 2015

Desjardins Theatre: At the Heart of LaSalle Culture

By Gilles Dubien – Alliance Auto Groupe

Desjardins Theatre: At the Heart of LaSalle Culture

In 1978, the Cégep André-Laurendeau was established on Lapierre Street after many years of waiting, and houses a simple auditorium, the Argoulets Hall. This gathering place welcomes conferences and shows for students. 

Since 1987, the LaSalle culture service, in partnership with the Cégep André-Laurendeau, offers a theatre program every season that consists of song and dance presented to the public. 

The immediate success of the expanded program encouraged those in charge to create the Arts Hall Society, which offers a diversified program of shows and concerts. These performances have also made the Hall a regional cultural center. In 1995, the society received a subsidy from the Ministry of Culture and Communication of Quebec, allowing the Hall to launch some important renovations. In the same year, the cities of Saint-Pierre and Verdun joined the city of LaSalle and the Cégep André-Laurendeau as partners of the Hall. It is a this point that the Hall became the Society of the Jean Grimaldi Hall, in tribute to one of the pioneers of Quebec show business. 

In 2011, the Jean-Grimaldi Hall benefited from the new subsidies, granted by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy of Quebec and the city of Montreal. The renovation project consisted of the constuction of a distinct entrance to the hall, the updated installation entrance for artists and spectators, as well as the addition of an entrance for technical equipment. Along with the financial support of its partners, which includes the Cégep André-Laurendeau, the LaSalle borough and the LaSalle Economic Development Group contributed to the realization of the project, allowing the Hall to establish it's role as a regional cultural center. 

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