Dolbeau-Mistassini Theatre

Photo Marc Gibert

Photo Marc Gibert




Location 105, avenue de l’Église, Dolbeau-Mistassini, Canada

Status Built 2008

Client City of Dolbeau-Mistassini

Type Theatre, Performance, Cultural, Public

Building Area 2 630 m²

Seating Capacity 491


A Guided Tour with the Architect

Video by Antti Seppänen

See a short video where I revisit in 2013 my project 5 years after its completion. Some testimonies explain how people use it.

This project is a unique theatre that brings audience and artists together because of a tight seating layout.


The Facades

The shape of the building is a series of black boxes put together with a glazed front facade along Church Street.

Photos Marc Gibert


The Canopy

The front canopy is the symbol of a theatre.

Point lights create glitter and subtle attraction.

Full height light boxes display posters for current and upcoming events.

Photos Marc Gibert


The Auditorium

Inspired from 19th century European continental theatres, the auditorium is based on the cylindrical form with a shallow orchestra surrounded by two balconies that bring intimacy.

One of my references in doing this was the inspiring Marie Bell Theatre in Paris.

Photo Marc Gibert


The Seating Layout


Le Lights


The Foyer


The Backstage


The Plans

Selected Publications


Project Team

Architect Paul Laurendeau | Jodoin Lamarre Pratte | Architects in joint venture
Project Architect and Lead Designer Paul Laurendeau

Structural Engineering Dessau-Soprin (today Stantec)

Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Roche (today Norda Stelo)

Theatre Consultant Go Multimedia

Acoustics Legault & Davidson

Signage Uniform (today Principal)

Code Consultant Technorm

General Contractor Constructions Unibec