Coolopolis has learned that the City of Montreal plans to sell the magnificent Snowdon Theatre, a unique art deco building with massive heritage value.
Flex Art, the busy gymnastics facility located in the building for many years, is worried about its future. It doubts that it can find another spot in the area with adequate space for gymnastics.
Gymnastics, not unlike hockey, requires government subsidies to survive, and without considerable help and cooperate from the city, the entire gym could disappear.
The gymnastics club currently uses a floor built near the level of the original balcony, so their practices and competitions take place under an incredible set of well-preserved and colourful bas reliefs that bring history alive.
The theatre opened in 1936, closed in 1982 and was repurposed for retail in 1990 after Rafid Louis and Emile Fattal rebuilt the 25,000 square foot interior, a job that took three years and $2.5 million to complete.
The City of Montreal took it over during the Bourque administration. They now say that the building needs repairs and borough representative Michel Therrien told me that it needs some repairs and isn't considered a fit as a municipal property.
Hopefully the city will come to its senses and do something to ensure that this historical treasure gets saved and that its community of young gymnasts gets to stay.