2396 rue Beaubien Est
Renowned for the quality of its programming, Cinéma Beaubien has been around since 1937. My parents used to go there before I was even old enough to go myself. In those days, they showed double features. It’s also where I took my children to see their first movies on the big screen. This Montreal neighbourhood cinema sells close to a quarter of a million tickets a year – one-quarter of them to local residents. It attracts an audience of regulars, all of them film-lovers, who go there to see films from Quebec and from France, as well as art-house movies. The Beaubien was on the verge of disappearing in 2000 and 2002, but thankfully some Rosemont residents and politicians took action and the cinema was saved in extremis, with the support of the Rosemont–Petite-Patrie CDEC and to the great relief of all film-lovers.