Imperial acquires new equipment
The Imperial Theater, on Saint-Joseph Street, will undertake modernization work and acquire new equipment thanks to a subsidy of half a million dollars from the federal government. The Quebec City Summer Festival also helps by paying an equivalent amount.
On his first public outing in the capital since his appointment, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Steven Guilbeault, made the announcement late Wednesday afternoon in the Saint-Roch building. He was accompanied for the occasion by the President of the Treasury Board of Canada, Jean-Yves Duclos.
The two politicians indicated that these amounts will allow L’Impérial to offer “optimal conditions” for the presentation of shows, with the installation of state-of-the-art visual and audio equipment.
An announcement that sounds like music to the ears of François Morin, chief operating officer at L’Impérial. “From the sound point of view, we were on the boat, but we want to go further.”
Part of the sum will also reinforce the foundations of the building, built in 1933. “It’s a building that has lived, so don’t want to, you have to respect the architectural point of view,” explains Mr. Morin. When we intervene, it’s always complicated. We often have surprises. ”
Most of the work is expected to be completed by the end of March. The work will have no impact on the schedule of Imperial shows, says FEQ director general, Anne Hudon, whose organization rented visual and audio equipment each year for the presentation of shows . “It was very expensive,” she says.
The Summer Festival officially made L’Impérial its new venue in February 2015. The hall annually hosts some 155 shows and 50,000 spectators.