Originally opened in 1920 as the Pantages Theatre, the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto was a motion picture house and vaudeville theatre. At the time it was Canada's largest cinema with 3373 seats. It was built by the founder of the Famous Players Corporation Nathan Nathanson and designed by renowned theatre architect Thomas Lamb.
In 1930 the theatre was renamed the Imperial and was used exclusively for cinema. Forty-two years later in 1972 the interior of the theatre was divided up and converted into a 6 theatre cinema. In 1986 Famous Players lost its lease on the Yonge Street entrance to the theatre to Cineplex Odeon which resulted in a bitter legal battle for control of the theatre. In the end Cineplex Odeon was able to purchase the entire theatre from Famous Players and in 1988 Cineplex removed all the dividing partitions and painstakingly restored the theatre to it's original 1920's design and elegance, but with 2200 seats. In 2001 the theatre was again renamed to the Canon Theatre due to support pledged by the Canon Canada Corporation.
For additional information about the Ed Mirvish Theatre and upcoming shows and events see the official website link above.
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Address: 244 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B 1V8, Canada
Phone: (416) 872-1212
Official Website: Ed Mirvish Theatre
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Ratedout of 5
I saw Bat Out Of Hell here, last. Amazing! This Theatre is always a grand time. Staff are always friendly and helpful, restrooms are fairly easy to find, and it's kept very clean. Its a bit on the small side compared to some of the other theatres in the city, however it's amenities are very well suited to its capacity.
Stephanie Izzett - 1 month ago
We went and saw the Bat out of Hell performance and it was fantastic. The theatre is beautiful and the staff was great. All the seats from what I could see would have been a great choice. Liquor prices were reasonable as well as the coat check. Nothing bad to say about our evening.
John Kalar - 1 month ago
This review is for Bat Out of Hell not the theatre. The production was awesome and the cast belted out the tunes in a way that would make Meatloaf proud. I’ve read the critics reviews and I do not agree with them at all. Probably b/c I don’t go to theatre that often so can’t tell a good production from bad? Anyway, the special effects and the incredible voices from the cast made this a very enjoyable experience. I highly recommend you go while it’s still playing. As for the theatre itself: Kind of fancy for a production like this. Some place more modern would have been better. I’m still on the fence on whether I liked it or not. It’s too ornate for this type of musical.
Mary/Jim HOME - 1 month ago
Went to see a musical with my family. It was great. We were on the upper level and paid 70$/ticket. I noticed the bar stool type of tickets were about 10 rows back from where we were. For a 30$ difference I might try getting those tickets instead and save some money. Great for someone who might need to stand up and move around a bit or who have problems sitting still.
Amanda Powell - 1 month ago
We watched Bat Out of Hell at Ed Mirvish Theatre. Seats are comfortable and it’s really very convenient that it was close to the subway. Sound system was great and washrooms are clean and well maintained. It was just weird that they would put your beer in a plastic cup but then you are not allowed to put it on the ledge when there is nowhere else to put it on but the floor which I find silly. Anyway, the experience was great. 😊
Nieva Serrano - 3 months ago