World and International Exhibition Montreal 1967 - Expo67

Man and his Universe

April 28, 1967 - October 29, 1967


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Labyrinth

Labyrinth at the Exhibition Expo Montreal 1967

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Architect(s) : Bland, Lemoyne & Shine

The Labyrinth is a revolutionary multi-screen cinema that used 35mm and 70mm film projected simultaneously onto multiple screens.

The intention of The Labyrinth - produced by the National Film Board of Canada and co-directed by Roman Kroitor, Colin Low and Hugh O'Connor - is to tell the essential human story in a meaningful way in a 45-minute film.

The five-storey pre-stressed concrete building can accommodate 720 people at a time.

The Labyrinth consists of three main rooms:
- Theatre 1, where spectators stand on the top floor of the building and look down on a 13-metre screen.
- the Labyrinth, where visitors move along a path made of mirrors.
- Theatre 3, where visitors face 5 screens arranged in a cross.

The Labyrinth is a contemporary adaptation of the ancient Greek legend of the Minotaur. The Minotaur was a half-bull, half-man monster living in a labyrinth. He was killed by Theseus, who found his way through the labyrinth using Ariadne's thread.

Labyrinth is intended to make the viewer aware of the fundamental importance of man and his world.

The film for Labyrinth was shot by cameramen from many countries.