Place des Arts

Place des Arts: a multipurpose cultural complex

Place des Arts was inaugurated during a period that would prove to be one of Montréal’s most prolific in terms of major construction projects that went on to change the metropolitan landscape. Place Ville-Marie, Place Bonaventure, the Metropolitan Expressway, the Metro, the Stock Exchange Tower, Expo 67, Île Notre-Dame, and Habitat 67 all rose from the dust during the 1960s in Montréal, as did Place des Arts, which welcomed its first spectators on September 21, 1963.

Classified as a building of exceptional heritage value, Place des Arts—which has become an all-important cultural hub—was born of the desire of Montrealers to endow themselves with a concert hall that lived up to the city’s expectations. In 1955, at the initiative of Montréal’s mayor, Jean Drapeau, a group of influential businessmen laid the foundation for the project. The Centre Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier Corporation was officially created in 1958 and it was through this entity that the project was taken to completion. Construction began on February 11, 1961.

Made up today of five performance halls comprising of a total of 6,000 seats, Place des Arts also includes rehearsal halls, a costume workshop, warehouses, and office space that make it a true crossroads of Montréal and Québec cultural life, located at the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles in Montréal.


Place des Arts Box office

Monday to Saturday: noon to 6 p.m. (or later, up to a half-hour after the start of the last performance of the day)


Monday to friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or later, up to the start of the last performance of the day)
Saturday: noon to 6 p.m. (or later, up to the start of the last performance of the day)
Sundays and holidays: variable schedule according to scheduled performances
Please allow a minimum of a half-hour to pick up your tickets at the box office before a performance.


175 St. Catherine Street West
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Place-des-Arts Station on the Green Line
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Special Needs Services

Drop-off zone at 1600 St. Urbain Street

It is easy for people with reduced mobility to access Place des Arts via a new drop-off zone that has been specially designed and configured to meet their needs, at the entrance to Place des Arts located at 1600 St. Urbain Street.

Whether arriving by car, by taxi, or by paratransit, people with reduced mobility or in wheelchairs can use both outdoor and indoor ramps to access the various concert halls.

Individuals requiring the use of a wheelchair must go to the central security desk located near the St. Urbain Street entrance, or to the entrance of the Maison symphonique for performances taking place in that venue. There are a limited number of wheelchairs available.

Reserved spaces in the indoor parking lot

Place des Arts has reserved spaces in its indoor parking lot for people with reduced mobility that possess an accessible parking permit. These spaces are located on the three levels of the P-1 lot, close to an elevator leading to the venue entrance level. Additional spaces are located in section P of the P-2 lot on the main foyer level leading to the concert halls.

Personalized service

During shows, a member of the ushering staff is designated to assist people with reduced mobility. Customers requiring assistance must present themselves at the entrance to the halls.

Buy tickets for people who use a wheelchair

Limited quantities of pre-selected seats in each of our concert halls are reserved for people in wheelchairs. Tickets for these seats can only be purchased at the Place des Arts box office or by telephone (514.842.2112 or toll-free at 1.866.842.2112) by mentioning that the ticket is for someone in a wheelchair. When purchasing your tickets, we ask you to specify the case of an electric wheelchair because the space required is different.

Aids for the hearing impaired

Every hall is equipped with an audio system that enables hearing-impaired spectators to tune their FM receivers into the frequency of the system in order to receive the signal of the show. Members of the audience wishing to avail themselves of this service must bring their own FM receivers.

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier: 90.9 FM
Théâtre Maisonneuve: 89.9 FM
Théâtre Jean-Duceppe: 107.9 FM
Cinquième Salle: 88.1 FM
Studio-théâtre: 87.9 FM

Booster seats for children

Place des Arts has booster seats for children. The seats are kept in the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier cloakroom and are transferred when required.