Ed Mirvish Theatre (Formerly the Canon Theatre)

Since opening in 1920, the Ed Mirvish Theatre has been both a venue for drama as well as the subject of drama

The Ed Mirvish Theatre
The Ed Mirvish Theatre cc licensed photo by Tilling 67

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.

In 2008 Mirvish Productions who own the Royal Alexandra Theatre and the Princess of Wales Theatre also acquired the Canon theatre and have recently renamed it the Ed Mirvish Theatre.

For additional information about the Ed Mirvish Theatre and upcoming shows and events see the official website link above.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Open Now: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Address: 244 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B 1V8, Canada

Phone: (416) 872-1212

Official Website: Ed Mirvish Theatre


TTC Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Yonge-University-SpadinaDundas Station3 Minutes

How to get to Ed Mirvish Theatre by TTC Subway

No buses needed. From Dundas Station walk 1 block east along Dundas Street to Victoria Street and go south (right) for ½ block. The Ed Mirvish Theatre is on your right.

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Rated 4.5 out of 5

5 Star Rating Beautiful historic theatre with fantastic shows. We have the 'cheap' subscriber seats near the top of the theatre and they are still great seats!

Danielle Rabbat - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating CHANDELIER and GONDOLA Surprise. My friends and I went to Toronto a number of years back. We, I should say I,went to Canada for the beer. It wasn't till a little latter on that I found out that I was booked for an evening with The Phantom. Of course there was a little bit of the rolling of my eyes when I found out, but that all changed when I entered into The Pantages Theater . The grandeur and opulence was breathtaking. The sound of the show itself was spectacular . I'll be going to Toronto again, for I really would love to visit Toronto's Guerlain boutique, and the Pantages will certainly be on the top of my list as a place to go and visit.

Johmathan .B. Swift - 16 days ago

5 Star Rating Tickets here are generally cheap, and the shows range from funny to awesome to laughably weird. Definitely an experience I would recommend if you have the afternoon.

Nikolas Koschany - 20 days ago

2 Star Rating My husband and I went to 4 plays, 3 out of which were very disappointing. The last one we saw was the "Bodyguard". The lead actress screamed through all the songs. She managed to ruin one of the ionic songs of our generation. The acting was terrible. The rest of the audience seemed to have enjoyed the performance but, considering the amount of alcohol they had consumed, it was not surprising. This play is probably the last time I will spend money on a performance in Mirvish.

AME Canadian Place - 25 days ago

5 Star Rating This is greatly restored beautiful gem. I saw STOMP there and it was a great venue for the view of the stage and the sound produce. I sat in the mezzanine so not sure about other seats within.

Giovanni LaCorte - 1 month ago


Lighting of the new sign of the renamed Ed Mirvish Theatre

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