As for Place des Arts’ Cinquième salle, dedicated to contemporary artistic expression, it was inaugurated on May 29, 1992 and includes 421 seats. That same year, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal opened its doors on the Place des Arts plaza. In 1993, a joint inauguration served to highlight Place des Arts’ outdoor Esplanade and the museum’s Sculpture Garden. The Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal has been the owner and administrator of the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay in Joliette since 1995. This outdoor amphitheatre, known for its great acoustics, can hold 2,000 spectators under its covered portion and an additional 8,000 on its lawn. Each year, the Festival de Lanaudière—the largest classical music event in the country—welcomes thousands of people to the amphitheatre. Place des Arts is also in charge of the artistic programming in this performance space during off-festival periods. A major milestone in Place des Art’s development was reached in 2011 with the inauguration of the Maison symphonique, a new concert hall mainly intended for use by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, meeting the most stringent international norms for acoustics, stage design, and architecture. That same year, after undergoing major indoor renovation work, Place des Arts changed the name of its Hall des Pas perdus to the Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, an indoor public space brought to life through the presentation of performances, exhibitions, and talks. Lastly, the Esplanade was given new lighting as part of the lighting plan carried out through a partnership with the Quartier des spectacles.
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