Montreal’s old Empress Theatre, also knows as Cinema V, is the last-remaining Egyptian-revival theatre building in Canada. (A WikiPedia entry for this building suggests it might have been the only one ever built.)
It’s been closed for years, but its exterior gives clues to its colourful past, first as a silent movie house, a repertory cinema and a first-run theatre. A fire in 1992 forced it to close for good.
After decades of decay and many failed efforts to revive the place, the local government recently tried for a new push to renovate and re-open the institution in time for Montreal’s 375th birthday in 2017.
Most people’s exposure to subterranean Seattle is limited to the transit tunnels downtown.
But just a few blocks toward the harbour, the Underground Tour takes you into that city’s first tunnels, intimately tied to Seattle’s history and development.
It’s a particular treat for history buffs and those who love urban decay.
Thanks to our guide Allie (below) for an informative and entertaining visit.