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Welcome to La Cite Du Cinema

MEL Hoppenheim
President mels cite du cinema

Responding primarily to the vocal concerns and urgent needs of local Montreal cinematographic productions, Mel Hoppenheim founded Panavision (Canada) in 1965. Providing cameras and other shooting equipment, Mel was soon traveling all over the world to equip ever more elaborate productions.
After six years of success in his hometown of Montreal, Mel decided to open a second technical installation in Toronto in 1972. A Vancouver facility followed in 1977. Still committed to what he saw as Montreal’s vast and largely untapped potential and possibility for the production industry, Mel acquired the historic Theatre Expo de la Cité du Havre in 1988. Building five state-of-the-art studios, he soon had created the most modern of facilities available to the Canadian film and television industry. Mel’s Cité du Cinéma was born.

Through an initial investment of some $14 million, the first building in La Cité du Cinéma quickly pumped an estimated $250 million into the local economy and created more than 500 new jobs.

In 1997, Mel donated $1 million to Montreal’s Concordia University, which was subsequently used to open the Mel Hoppenheim Film School, now renowned throughout North America and the world. Mel and his partners have also helped in the development of Montreal’s Institut National de l’Image et du Son (INIS), a well-known and respected private school for the development of world-class writers, directors and producers for film and television.

Convinced of the tremendous potential of Montreal, Hoppenheim and Trudel built the second building in La Cité du Cinéma in 1999 at the cost of $14 million. Comprising three studios totaling 36, 500 square feet, modern production offices and a complete camera department, including Panavision, the complex is already a favorite for large American and international projects, including The Sum of All Fears, The Score and the upcoming The Human Stain and The Day After Tomorrow.

Never deterred by obstacles of any kind and convinced of the fact that Quebec and Montreal have still more to offer, Hoppenheim and Trudel began construction of the third Cité du Cinéma in 2002 with an initial investment of $15 million. Four ultramodern studios will accompany a large lighting and grip department capable of serving the most ambition film production.

Proud of their modern infrastructure, cutting edge shooting technology and unparalleled technical expertise, the innovative and courageous duo has been recognized both by the great city of Montreal and the province of Québec as something of which to be very proud.