Originally an auditorium constructed in 1927 for an academy, this performance venue has been managed by Le Centre culturel de Joliette since the college became the Cégep Joliette-de-Lanaudière. In the early 1980’s it was renamed the Salle Rolland Brunelle.
Pomerleau’s mandate included transforming the theatre into a multi-purpose venue responsive to the needs of performers, technical personnel and audiences, incorporating modern services and infrastructures, including the stage. It was equally important that the historic character of its Italianate style with slate flooring and sophisticated architectural woodwork be respected.
The Pomerleau team enlarged the building by 3,250 m² on both the ground and first floors. The extension has a steel structure on piles embedded in concrete and rock and its roof rests on decking.
Depending on the type of event, the theatre can either seat 856 or be reconfigured as a medium-sized theatre seating 550. The foyer’s 180-seat cabaret is perfect when a more intimate setting is appropriate.
The Pomerleau team also renovated the library.