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History of Montreal Forum
History of Montreal Forum
Published: 2012/11/11
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Soirée de fermeture du Forum de Montréal - 11.03.1996
Soirée de fermeture du Forum de Montréal - 11.03.1996
Published: 2012/05/01
Channel: SwissHabs
Last game at the Montreal Forum - March 11, 1996
Last game at the Montreal Forum - March 11, 1996
Published: 2009/03/03
Channel: a2zme
Memories: Montreal Forum closes its legendary doors
Memories: Montreal Forum closes its legendary doors
Published: 2017/04/26
Channel: NHL
MONTREAL FORUM
MONTREAL FORUM
Published: 2009/07/14
Channel: Martyn Clough
Glass elevator ride at the Montreal Forum
Glass elevator ride at the Montreal Forum
Published: 2017/09/27
Channel: SkyOfTheUniverse
Guy Lafleur returns to the Montreal Forum (as NY Rangers in 1989)
Guy Lafleur returns to the Montreal Forum (as NY Rangers in 1989)
Published: 2009/03/26
Channel: DJ Omnimaga
1995-96 - Montreal Forum Closing Ceremonies - Pass the Torch
1995-96 - Montreal Forum Closing Ceremonies - Pass the Torch
Published: 2012/07/11
Channel: CatchTheTaste
5 minutes of WWE Montreal 91 93
5 minutes of WWE Montreal 91 93
Published: 2017/04/07
Channel: Tony Jean
RUSH - Live at the Montreal Forum 1st night (480p) - 1983/04/08 - Signals Tour
RUSH - Live at the Montreal Forum 1st night (480p) - 1983/04/08 - Signals Tour
Published: 2014/04/27
Channel: Snowdog
Last game at the Montreal Forum - Maurice Rocket Richard ovation
Last game at the Montreal Forum - Maurice Rocket Richard ovation
Published: 2008/04/07
Channel: Matt S
Montreal Forum Anthems (1979 Stanley Cup)
Montreal Forum Anthems (1979 Stanley Cup)
Published: 2017/08/06
Channel: oilerfanatic1
Van Halen Live - 1984 Tour - Full Concert - Montreal (BEST QUALITY)
Van Halen Live - 1984 Tour - Full Concert - Montreal (BEST QUALITY)
Published: 2016/04/19
Channel: VanHalenStore.com
Montreal Canadiens - 100 Years & 100 Stars
Montreal Canadiens - 100 Years & 100 Stars
Published: 2013/03/05
Channel: TheNHLhistory
Last game at the Montreal Forum on March 11. 1996
Last game at the Montreal Forum on March 11. 1996
Published: 2016/03/09
Channel: themontrealcanadiens
Inside the Montreal Forum - December 1984
Inside the Montreal Forum - December 1984
Published: 2016/09/28
Channel: Brickyard Hill Studios
Roger Doucet sings the US and Canadian anthems at Forum de Montreal - May 10, 1979
Roger Doucet sings the US and Canadian anthems at Forum de Montreal - May 10, 1979
Published: 2011/11/27
Channel: Fenway9418276452634
Montreal Forum Seat
Montreal Forum Seat
Published: 2016/08/17
Channel: Jeremie White
Last game at the Montreal Forum   March 11, 1996
Last game at the Montreal Forum March 11, 1996
Published: 2014/01/06
Channel: inventor
Alanis Morissette 1993 - Hymne National - Forum de Montréal
Alanis Morissette 1993 - Hymne National - Forum de Montréal
Published: 2016/07/31
Channel: mart lat
Elevator - Pepsi Forum - Downtown Montreal
Elevator - Pepsi Forum - Downtown Montreal
Published: 2010/09/12
Channel: MysticMTL
Dernier match au Forum de Montréal vs Dallas - Pregame
Dernier match au Forum de Montréal vs Dallas - Pregame
Published: 2012/05/01
Channel: SwissHabs
Dernier match au Forum de Montréal vs Dallas - Period 3
Dernier match au Forum de Montréal vs Dallas - Period 3
Published: 2012/05/01
Channel: SwissHabs
Soirée de lutte au Forum de Montréal 1960
Soirée de lutte au Forum de Montréal 1960
Published: 2009/03/08
Channel: Jean-Eudes Lavoie
Queen - Somebody To Love - HD Live - 1981 Montreal
Queen - Somebody To Love - HD Live - 1981 Montreal
Published: 2011/05/24
Channel: AgoraVoxFrance
RUSH - Live at the Montreal Forum 1st night (360p) - 1983/04/08 - Signals Tour
RUSH - Live at the Montreal Forum 1st night (360p) - 1983/04/08 - Signals Tour
Published: 2014/04/10
Channel: Snowdog
Le Forum - Montreal
Le Forum - Montreal
Published: 2009/06/05
Channel: lydiapandora
Led Zeppelin Live Rare Bootleg |The Forum, Montreal, Feb 26,75, Great Audience Recording
Led Zeppelin Live Rare Bootleg |The Forum, Montreal, Feb 26,75, Great Audience Recording
Published: 2014/10/20
Channel: Zeppelin Bootlegs
Black Sabbath Montreal Forum 1986
Black Sabbath Montreal Forum 1986
Published: 2011/08/23
Channel: KillingYourIdols
Rolling Stones - Montreal, Forum, 17 July, 1972
Rolling Stones - Montreal, Forum, 17 July, 1972
Published: 2014/02/10
Channel: Jumping Jack Flash
Genesis Live Montreal Forum 1983.11.21 Part 1 of 7
Genesis Live Montreal Forum 1983.11.21 Part 1 of 7
Published: 2016/01/22
Channel: Frank Musillami
The Beatles - Live At The Montreal Forum - September 8th, 1964
The Beatles - Live At The Montreal Forum - September 8th, 1964
Published: 2016/01/26
Channel: Doctor Robert
Montreal Forum closing ceremonies
Montreal Forum closing ceremonies
Published: 2010/09/10
Channel: videobutch1
Beatles 1964 Montreal Forum
Beatles 1964 Montreal Forum
Published: 2013/08/02
Channel: Vince De Rose
That - Montreal - Forum Team
That - Montreal - Forum Team
Published: 2009/07/16
Channel: HenkeLocalHero
HDCH Flash Mob at the Montreal Forum
HDCH Flash Mob at the Montreal Forum
Published: 2014/04/10
Channel: HDCHtube
AC/DC [September 13th 1986] Forum, Montreal, QC, Canada {Full Concert}
AC/DC [September 13th 1986] Forum, Montreal, QC, Canada {Full Concert}
Published: 2017/10/01
Channel: Tyler B2
Pink Floyd Forum de montreal 1987 téléjournal Radio Canada
Pink Floyd Forum de montreal 1987 téléjournal Radio Canada
Published: 2013/11/25
Channel: DINGO DINGO
David Bowie - Montreal Forum - 02-25-1976
David Bowie - Montreal Forum - 02-25-1976
Published: 2016/01/11
Channel: PaintScaping
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadiens (1993)
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadiens (1993)
Published: 2010/05/16
Channel: Shahriyar
1995-96 - Montreal Forum Closing Ceremonies - Rocket
1995-96 - Montreal Forum Closing Ceremonies - Rocket's Ovation
Published: 2012/07/11
Channel: CatchTheTaste
DINO BRAVO VS KING TONGA MONTREAL FORUM END OF THE FIGHT
DINO BRAVO VS KING TONGA MONTREAL FORUM END OF THE FIGHT
Published: 2012/12/14
Channel: stephve1
Black Sabbath - 1986 Gillen Live In Montreal -REMASTERED AUDIO-
Black Sabbath - 1986 Gillen Live In Montreal -REMASTERED AUDIO-
Published: 2012/10/11
Channel: RickyTyger
DINO BRAVO AND JIMMY HART INTERVIEW FOR THE MONTREAL FORUM EVENT
DINO BRAVO AND JIMMY HART INTERVIEW FOR THE MONTREAL FORUM EVENT
Published: 2013/08/31
Channel: stephve1
AC/DC - Live Forum, Montreal, QC, Canada (December 16 - 1983) Full Concert
AC/DC - Live Forum, Montreal, QC, Canada (December 16 - 1983) Full Concert
Published: 2016/12/17
Channel: Sept 3821
Montreal Real Estate Forum 2017
Montreal Real Estate Forum 2017
Published: 2017/05/08
Channel: TheRealEstateForums
Mitsou
Mitsou ''Drapeau blanc'' au Forum de Montréal
Published: 2012/10/19
Channel: PopFranco8090
Beatles in Montreal, Forum - Slide Show
Beatles in Montreal, Forum - Slide Show
Published: 2017/05/16
Channel: Godzzzila69
CFCF Montreal show from 1996 celebrating last game at the Forum
CFCF Montreal show from 1996 celebrating last game at the Forum
Published: 2013/09/29
Channel: RetroMtl
Pink Floyd - Echoes (The Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 13th September 1987th)
Pink Floyd - Echoes (The Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 13th September 1987th)
Published: 2015/02/28
Channel: Nothing To Hide
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Montreal Forum
Forum de Montréal
Le Forum
Forum Pepsi 01.jpg
The Montreal Forum in 2011
Location 2313 Saint Catherine Street West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Coordinates 45°29′25″N 73°35′5″W / 45.49028°N 73.58472°W / 45.49028; -73.58472Coordinates: 45°29′25″N 73°35′5″W / 45.49028°N 73.58472°W / 45.49028; -73.58472
Owner Investissements Forum Canadien Inc.
Ben Ashkenazy[1] (today)
Operator Investissements Forum Canadien Inc.
Ben Ashkenazy[1] (today)
Capacity Ice hockey: 17,959
Basketball: 18,575[2]
Construction
Broke ground June 24, 1924[3]
Opened November 29, 1924
Expanded 1949, 1968
Closed 1996
Demolished 1998
(interior only; exterior still stands)
Construction cost C$1.5 million
($21.4 million in 2016 dollars[4])
Architect John S. Archibald[5]
General contractor Atlas Construction Company[6]
Tenants
Montreal Maroons (NHL) (1924–1938)
Montreal Canadiens (NHL) (1926–1996)
Montreal Junior Canadiens (QJHL) (1933–1961), (OHA) (1961–1972)
Montreal Voyageurs (AHL) (1969–1971)
Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge (QMJHL) (1972–1975)
Montreal Juniors (QMJHL) (1975–1982)
Montreal Manic (NASL Indoor) (1981–1982)
Montreal Roadrunners (RHI) (1994–1995)
Designated 1997
The Montreal Forum under construction in 1924.

Montreal Forum (French: Le Forum de Montréal) was an indoor arena located facing Cabot Square in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Called "the most storied building in hockey history" by Sporting News,[7] it was the home of the National Hockey League's Montreal Maroons from 1924 to 1938 and the Montreal Canadiens from 1926 to 1996. The Forum was built by the Canadian Arena Company in 159 days.[8]

Located at the northeast corner of Atwater and Ste-Catherine West (Metro Atwater), the building was historically significant as it was home to 24 Stanley Cup championships (22 of the Canadiens and two of the Montreal Maroons, for whom the arena was originally built). It was also home to the Montreal Roadrunners and Montreal Junior Canadiens.

History[edit]

The Forum opened on November 29, 1924, at a total cost of C$1,500,000 ($21.4 million in 2016 dollars[4]) with an original seating capacity of 9,300. It underwent two renovations, in 1949 and 1968.[9] When the Forum closed in 1996 it had a capacity of 17,959, which included approximately 1,600 in standing room.

By the time of the 1968 renovations, a centre-hung digital scoreclock was installed, designed by the Day Sign Company of Toronto and similar to those installed at the Boston Garden and Chicago Stadium during the 1970s. A new centre-hung scoreclock, designed by Daktronics, was installed in the mid-1980s and contained on each side a color matrix board. Along with one other Original Six indoor ice hockey arena, the Boston Garden, the Montreal Forum used a high-pitched siren to signal the end of an NHL game's period — the siren would later be re-installed in the Forum's successor facility, the Bell Centre (and still in use there), much as the TD Garden in Boston inherited the lower-pitched Garden's siren. A Rainforest Cafe was supposed to open, but never got built since the building closed.

Construction[edit]

The idea to build the Forum in 1923 is credited to Sir Edward Wentworth Beatty, president of the Canadian Pacific Railway. At the suggestion of Senator Donat Raymond, William Northey developed a plan for a 12,500 seat capacity rink. Plans were scaled back for financial reasons to a rink of 9,300 seats. Even at the reduced size, the rink could not immediately find financing. The Forum would eventually be financed by H. L. Timmins. The site selected was the site of a roller skating rink named the Forum, and the name was kept. The site had previously been the site of an outdoor ice hockey rink, used by Frank and Lester Patrick, Art Ross and Russell Bowie as youths.[10]

Ice hockey[edit]

While hosting the Canadiens and Maroons on Thursdays and Saturdays, the Forum also hosted the Quebec Senior Hockey League, featuring the Montreal Victorias, Montreal Royals and the Montreal Canadiens amateur team on Wednesdays and Sundays. The Quebec Junior Hockey League played on Monday nights, the Bank League on Tuesdays and the Railways and Telephone League played on Friday nights.[11]

The Montreal Forum hosted Memorial Cup games in 1950, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973 & 1976, with the Junior Canadiens winning on home ice in 1970. In 1972, the Forum hosted game one of the famous "Summit Series" between Team Canada and the USSR, the USSR won the game 7-3. The 1980 NHL Entry Draft was hosted at the Forum. It would mark the first time that an NHL Arena hosted the event.[12]

Only two visiting teams have ever won the Stanley Cup on Forum ice: the New York Rangers did so in 1928, defeating the Maroons, while the Calgary Flames defeated the Canadiens in 1989.

On March 11, 1996, the Montreal Canadiens played their last game at the Montreal Forum, defeating the Dallas Stars 4-1. The game was televised on TSN and TQS in Canada, and on ESPN2 in the United States. The Stars' Guy Carbonneau, who had captained the Canadiens from 1989 to 1994 (including their 1993 Cup win), took the ceremonial opening faceoff. After the game, many previous hockey greats were presented to the crowd, most notably Maurice Richard (said to be the Canadiens' most beloved player of all time), who received a sixteen-minute standing ovation from the crowd as he broke down in tears.[13] A symbolic torch—representative of a line quoted from the poem In Flanders Fields, "To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high," displayed in the Forum's home dressing room—was carried by Emile Bouchard out of the Canadiens dressing room to the playing surface. The flaming torch was passed on to each of the former Canadiens captains (Jean Beliveau, Yvan Cournoyer, Henri Richard, Serge Savard, Bob Gainey, and Carbonneau), and finally to the then-current captain Pierre Turgeon.[14] The next day, a parade was organized in which the torch was carried down the route to the Molson Centre (which has since been renamed the Bell Centre). Their first game at the new venue was against the New York Rangers, a game which the Canadiens won.

Other sports[edit]

The Forum also hosted other sports, including indoor soccer, boxing, lacrosse and tennis. The Forum was a site of five events in the 1976 Summer Olympics: gymnastics, handball (final), basketball (final),[2] volleyball (final), and boxing (final).[15] The gymnastics event included Nadia Comaneci's famous perfect 10, the first in Olympic history.

The Forum was the site of many major professional wrestling matches, as shown in the 1961 National Film Board of Canada documentary Wrestling (La Lutte).[16]

Notable events[edit]

On March 11, 1937, the Forum hosted its only funeral, for Canadiens great Howie Morenz. Morenz died from complications due to a broken leg, sustained in a game between the Canadiens and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 28.

On September 8, 1964, The Beatles performed at the Forum.

Four tracks including a live version of "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" for The Bootleg Series Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue were recorded here.

The Bee Gees played two sold-out concerts here on September 1–2, 1979 during their North American Spirits Having Flown Tour.

The first four tracks off the Journey live album Captured were recorded at The Forum on August 8, 1980.

In 1981, Canadian rock band Rush filmed (and recorded almost all of) their 1981 concert film and album, Exit...Stage Left.

That same year, British rock band Queen recorded and filmed their concert film, titled We Will Rock You (re-released as Queen Rock Montreal in 2007), by performing the final two concerts of The Game Tour there. This had followed earlier performances by the band in 1977 for the A Day At The Races Tour, 1978 for the Jazz Tour, 1980 for the first leg of The Game Tour, and finally in 1982 for the Hot Space Tour.

In March 1983, American musical duo Hall & Oates filmed and recorded their concert film, Rock 'n Soul Live.

The live portions of Black Sabbath's video for the song "Zero the Hero" were filmed in 1983.

Billy Graham held his Mission Quebec in 1990, before nearly 20,000 spectators, which was videotaped for international television syndication as a TV special. Then-Canadien Ryan Walter delivered his testimony at the crusade.

Seating capacity[edit]

The seating capacity for hockey went as followed:

  • 9,300, 12,500 with standing room (1924-1949)[3]
  • 13,551, 15,551 with standing room (1949-1968)[3]
  • 16,500, 19,000 with standing room (1968-1978)[3]
  • 16,074, 18,076 with standing room (1978-1991)[3]
  • 16,259, 17,959 with standing room (1991-1996)[3]

After hockey[edit]

The Pepsi Forum as seen in 2009.

After the Canadiens left the Forum, the building was used to film arena sequences for the Brian De Palma film Snake Eyes.[17] It was then completely gutted and converted into a downtown entertainment centre called the Pepsi Forum, consisting of an AMC Theatres multiplex theatre (sold to Cineplex Odeon in July 2012), shops and restaurants. Centre ice has been recreated in the centre of the complex complete with a small section of the grandstand, along with a statue of a fan leaning forward in delight (removed in the summer of 2017), while original seats are used as benches throughout the complex. A statue of Maurice Richard can be found next to the grandstand. On the Saint Catherine Street entrance there is a Quebec Walk of Fame consisting of Richard and Celine Dion. Both were on hand for their bronze star's respective unveiling. The Atwater street entrance has a large bronze Montreal Canadiens logo surrounded by 24 bronze Stanley Cup banners cemented into the sidewalk. Inscribed in French are the words "forever proud". The entire building is themed after the Forum's storied history with special emphasis on the Montreal Canadiens.

The building was declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 1997 because:

"it was arguably the country's most famous sporting venue... it also serves as an icon for the role of hockey in Canada's national culture... the Forum is the oldest of Canada's large-scale arenas and has, throughout its history, been the country's leading site for major indoor cultural, political and religious events."

— Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Minutes, June 1997[18]

The city of Montreal estimates the value of the building at $36.8M, in 2012.[19] This is a $10M drop in value since the previous estimation in 2009. AMC Forum is now owned by New York City-based real estate investor Ben Ashkenazy through a firm called Investissements Forum Canadien Inc.[20]

References[edit]

  • Mouton, Claude (1987). The Montreal Canadiens. Key Porter Books. 
  1. ^ a b http://www.aacrealty.com/Portfolio/Property/the-montreal-forum
  2. ^ a b Olympic Games Official Report-1976 Montreal, part I
  3. ^ a b c d e f 2012-2013 Montreal Canadiens Media Guide
  4. ^ a b Canadian inflation numbers based on Statistics Canada. "Consumer Price Index, historical summary". CANSIM, table (for fee) 326-0021 and Catalogue nos. 62-001-X, 62-010-X and 62-557-X. And Consumer Price Index, by province (monthly) (Canada) Last modified 2017-07-21. Retrieved July 28, 2017
  5. ^ Doucet, Paul (January 30, 2004). "The Montreal Forum". MontrealCanadiens.ca. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Chronology". HabsWorld. 2003. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "The end of an era. (the Montreal Forum)". High Beam Research. 1996. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  8. ^ Musée de la Civilisation de Québec (2001). "Famous Canadian Arenas". Hockey: A Nation's Passion. Canadian Heritage Information Network. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Montreal Forum". Ballparks.com. 1996–2006. Retrieved January 21, 2007. 
  10. ^ Mouton(1987), pp. 111–113
  11. ^ Mouton(1987), p. 114
  12. ^ The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.240, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  13. ^ CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/hockeyhistory/episodesummary/09/post/biographies.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "HOCKEY;Blinking Back the Tears, Montreal Closes Its Forum". The New York Times. March 12, 1996. 
  15. ^ 1976 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 2. pp. 138-43.
  16. ^ "Wrestling". Collection. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved January 14, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Stephen Burum - Snake Eyes". International Cinematographers Guild. 1998. Retrieved January 21, 2007. 
  18. ^ http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=7464&pid=0
  19. ^ http://evalweb.ville.montreal.qc.ca/Role2014actu/roleact_arron_min.asp?ue_id=ZdQ%407%7FD%3F%2FmKognV%2BpvwI1{7Pc%5BnOiVw4
  20. ^ https://www.registreentreprises.gouv.qc.ca/RQAnonymeGR/GR/GR03/GR03A2_19A_PIU_RechEnt_PC/PageEtatRens.aspx?T1.JetonStatic=f5cc2618-563a-4a27-9b4d-7e4b8875f2bd&T1.CodeService=S00436

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