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One of the oldest standing theaters in the city, Impérial Bell is a local favorite among the theater-going crowd. With numerous plays, concerts, musicals and theatrical works, its calendar seems to be full forever. The theater houses a lounge, a restaurant La Casbah, and a large dining and performance space, La Grande Salle. The interiors of all these spaces are tastefully done and ooze sophistication. The works performed here are brilliant too, and come from various genres, highlighting various topics.
Quebec City's modern Grand Théâtre de Quebec stands in stark contrast to the venerable beauty of the Palais Montcalm, which it effectively replaced. Built in the mid-1960s, the home of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and L'Opéra de Québec does have its own charm, however. The Salle Louis-Fréchette seats spectators in a classic four-tier arrangement, while the Salle Octave-Crémazie is a more intimate option with fewer seats. With a huge annual program befitting a first-class, multi-use facility, any visitor with an interest in the arts is likely to find himself or herself, enjoying at the Grand.
Salle Louis-Fréchette is one of the auditoriums located within the Grand Théâtre de Québec, the Salle Octave Crémazie being the other one. This venue is one of the biggest theater venues in the city of Quebec, with a seating capacity of 1875 and features state-of-the-art lighting and sound facilities. Several music concerts have taken place here, in addition to theater performances.
Octave-Crémazie inside the Grand Théâtre de Québec is a theater hall with a seating capacity for 506 spectators. This multipurpose theater has been home to the Quebec City's premier theater company known as Théâtre du Trident for 40 years, staging plays from Quebec and around the world. Le Théâtre du Trident's programs have included translated versions of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, and Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. Likely of more interest to French-speaking visitors would be plays from Quebec playwrights, such as the renowned Michel Tremblay's tragedy À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-lou or Robert Lalonde's Monsieur Bovary. Performances are held at the Salle Octave-Crémazie. Tickets are reasonably priced with considerable discounts for students and seniors. See their website for details.
Built in 1847, the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church is one of the most significant attractions of this part of the city, and in fact, the entire neighborhood is named after this monumental structure. The church was damaged in 1881, when a major fire swept through the city, but was reconstructed in 1884 by Joseph-Ferdinanad Peachy, in grandeur comparable to the original structure, in the Second Empire style of architecture. The church is active to this day and holds services on a regular basis.