Built between 1907 and 1909 to house the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, the St-James Theatre has since been transformed into one of Montreal's most prestigious multi-purpose event venues. Located in the heart of Old Montreal, the St-James Theatre is dedicated to hosting private and corporate events.
In March 2010, husband and wife duo Ezio Carosielli and Luisa Sassano purchased the iconic Rialto Theatre located at 5723 ave. du Parc with the intent of restoring it to its original beauty and grandeur. The Rialto Theatre is now an open, inclusive and multicultural center for performing arts that offers a platform for emerging local and international artists. It also serves as an event venue that hosts various private and corporate events including trade shows, conferences, product launches, holiday parties, galas, benefit concerts, fundraisers, cocktails, conventions, recognition & award shows, graduation balls, engagement parties, weddings, anniversaries, birthday celebrations, movie productions, photoshoots and more. Over 20,000 people walk through the Rialto’s doors every year to take part in tours of the theatre.
In October 2012, a new opportunity arose with the purchase of 265 rue St-Jacques. This former CIBC headquarters was built between 1907 and 1909 when St-James St. – now rue St-Jacques – rivalled Wall Street. The building also housed the White Star Line company from 1909 to 1939 where travel tickets for the Titanic were sold. It is on the very steps of this building that friends and families gathered in the night of April 12, 1912 to inquire about the fate of the ship and its passengers.
Crowned the St-James Theatre, Ezio and Luisa continue to renovate and restore the building to improve the quality of services and preserve the architectural beauty and charm of this magnificent building. Dedicated to hosting a variety of private and corporate events, the St-James Theatre has been transformed into one of Montreal's most prestigious and unique event venues.
A WORD FROM THE OWNERS
"As with the Rialto Theatre, we have a moral obligation to protect and preserve this heritage gem. We will make the St-James Theatre a unique event space and showcase its architectural details and grandeur. We hope the public will share this love and encourage us to bring this historic building back to life."
-Ezio Carosielli & Luisa Sassano