• Short Summary

    OUTSIDE -- THE BITTER COLD OF A CANADIAN WINTER. INSIDE -- PEOPLE AT WORK, PEOPLE?

  • Description


    MONTREAL; COMMUTERS ARRIVING AT INDOOR CITY; CUSTOMERS AT BANK, SODA FOUNTAIN, BARBER'S, TURKISH BATH; FOLK SINGERS; BOAT SHOW; ROOFTOP SWIMMING POOL.




    Initials GL/JH/O/LAD



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    Background: OUTSIDE -- THE BITTER COLD OF A CANADIAN WINTER. INSIDE -- PEOPLE AT WORK, PEOPLE AT PLAY, ENTERTAINING AND BEING ENTERTAINED, LIVING THE LIFE OF THE BIG CITY UNDER THE PROTECTION OF PLATE GLASS AND CONCRETE IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN MONTREAL.

    ITS TEN LARGE OFFICE BLOCKS AND THREE VAST SHOPPING COMPLEXES COVER 30 ACRES (12. 14 HECTARES) AND ARE LINKED BY THREE MILES (4.8 KILOMETRES) OF PEDESTRIAN WALKWAYS -- A TOTAL UNDERGROUND AREA DOUBLE THAT OF THE ROCKERFELLER CENTRE COUNCOURSES IN NEW YORK CITY.

    IT IS NO PROBLEM GETTING TO THE INDOOR CITY -- THERE ARE INDOOR PARKING SPACES FOR 4,000 CARS, AND THE ROOT-LIKE PROMENADES LINK UP WITH MONTREAL'S METRO (UNDERGROUND RAILWAY) AND THE CITY'S TWO MAIN LINE RAILWAY STATIONS.

    ONCE THERE, THE INDOOR CITIZENS CAN CALL AT A BANK WHICH IS OPEN FROM 8 AM TO 6 P.M., TAKE HIS CHOICE OF SOME 240 SHOPS, AND SEEK OUT ANY SERVICE HE HAPPENS TO NEED - LAUNDRY, DRY-CLEANING, SHOE-SHINE, SAUNA BATHS.

    HIS BUSINESS OVER, HE CAN RELAX IN ANY OF THE NUMEROUS RESTAURANTS AND BARS WHICH CATER FOR 17,000 MONTREALERS EACH DAY, OR SIMPLY WANDER ABOUT AND MAYBE STOP TO LISTEN TO A SONG FROM FOLK SINGERS IAN AN SYLVANIA. THE THEATRE AND CONCERT-HALL ARE ONLY AS FAR AWAY AS THE NEAREST METRO STATION.

    THE INDOOR CITY IS A MARKET PLACE FOR CANADA'S BUSTLING COMMERCE. DEALERS CAN PURCHASE EVERYTHING THEY NEED UNDER ONE ROOF IN THE 137 SHOWROOMS OF THE NATIONAL MERCHANDISE MART IN THE HOTEL BONAVENTURE BUILDING.

    NEARBY IS THE CONCORDIA HALL, AN INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTRE THE SIZE OF FOUR FOOTBALL PITCHES (6 ACRES, 2.4 HECTARES), WHERE BOAT SHOWS AND SIMILAR EXHIBITIONS ARE HELD.

    THE HOTEL BONAVENTURE, ONE OF THE THREE HOTELS IN THE INDOOR CITY, IS SO LARGE THAT ITS HOSTESSES TRAVEL THE CORRIDORS ON ELECTRIC SCOOTERS. ON THE ROOF IS AN OPEN-AIR HEATED SWIMMING-POOL WHERE HOTEL GUESTS CAN DEFY THE WINTRY CONDITIONS IN THE WORLD OUTSIDE.

    THE INDOOR CITY IS A LIVELY PALACE, AND IT IS STILL GROWING. THERE ARE PLANS TO EXTEND IT ACROSS ANOTHER 100 ACRES (40.5 HECTARES) TO INCLUDE THE PLACE VICTORIA WITH ITS TWO UNDERGROUND SHOPPING LEVELS AND ITS 47-STOREY STOCK EXCHANGE TOWER.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8F0G3OQZUU3CQEBHOLLAQ6N8Q
    Media URN:
    VLVA8F0G3OQZUU3CQEBHOLLAQ6N8Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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