Wow.... this gave me chills. Each time I visited extended family as a kid I got to see either the Expos or the Canadiens depending on the time of year, so in the end I saw only a dozen games in the Forum.
It was sad when I moved there and the place was an AMC, but the 1st time I went inside and saw the bench and Maurice Richard, I felt "the feeling".... like all the ghosts had come to greet me. Like a little kid again, they ushered me into a seat and I just chilled out for an hour, pretending there was a game on in front of me and that we were handing it to Boston 6-0. As we get older, the times that we get to enjoy that old feeling of young excitement is so few and far between, I was glad even if there was just a bit of history left.
Many thanks for this link, my family will enjoy it immensely.
I revisited the forum to go see a movie a couple weeks ago. It looked different.
I've stood outside, but I couldn't bring myself to go inside to see all the renovations. I have so many good memories from watching the Habs play at the Forum. I just don't want to ruin them in anyway by seeing what has happened.
Thanks OP, this was a wonderful trip down memory lane.
It is a movie complex, they kept a section of seats inside and a whole bunch of memorabilia, but the ghosts are gone... I dont get this overwhelming feeling of something greater than I in that building anymore, it's feels just the same as going to any old movie theatre and it really makes me sad.
This makes me wonder if I still have the closing ceremony on tape, I'm pretty sutre my dad still has it stashed somewhere in his living room.
I went there this weekend. I appreciate that they kept the building standing, but it's sad to know that the greatest building in the history of the sport is now being used as a Future Shop, souvenir stand, movie theatre and bowling alley. There's a few neat museum pieces inside, a Rocket statue, some original seats and a lot of good photographs. It definitely doesn't feel as special as it should anymore, though.