MONTREAL – It was a thriving movie theatre for decades, bringing together thousands of Côte-des-Neiges and NDG residents.
Then it served as a permanent home for the Flex-Art gymnastics club.
But more recently, it’s been boarded up and left to deteriorate.
Now, the City of Montreal has put the iconic Snowdon Theatre on the market.
No price has been set; instead, potential buyers need to deposit $10,000 to make an offer.
Flex-Art gymnasts fighting to keep space in Snowdon
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One group that’s interested in taking back the building is Flex-Art.
The gymnastics club was kicked out three years ago and has since been operating out of temporary locations, most recently the NDG Community Centre.
Supporters who want to save the theatre argued the city and borough should re-open it to the Flex-Art gymnastics club.
“I would absolutely love to see the gymnastics facility return to where it should be on the top floor because it was a thriving place where little girls loved to go and do their sport,” Kristian Gravenor, NDG resident, told Global News.
Flex-Art members argued the borough has not been forthcoming in describing all the renovations that are required.
Borough officials insisted it would cost at least $3.8 million to renovate the theatre, built in 1932.
It’s an amount Russell Copeman argued the borough can’t afford.
Copeman said Flex-Art is welcome to submit a bid to move its club back inside.
“Even if they bid one dollar, our services downtown will evaluate the various bids that come in and a decision will be made,” he told Global News.
Bidding on the building may be the best chance Flex-Art has to move back into the historic site.