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: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

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

Directions

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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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5

5 Star Rating We saw Beautiful, the Carole King Musical. The show is phenomenal. The songs are all hits. The story is interesting and poignant, but never syrupy. Highly recommended. The facility is unique, beautiful, ornate and historical. The seating is roomy, with sufficient legroom for us, the tall people (over 6 feet). The seats are new and much wider than the original seats. There are new, additional toilets in the orchestra level women's bathroom. Good thing too, as the line was very long, but everyone got to go before the second half of the show. We didn't buy any drinks or food as we'd just had a nice dinner with a bottle of wine before the show. You can enter the theatre from Yonge St. or Victoria St. The box office is at the Victoria St entrance. This theatre used to be called The Pantages where Phantom of the Opera played for a very long run. It was also called The Canon Theatre. Now it's called The Ed Mirvish Theatre.

Cathy Booth-Smith - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating Great theatre with wonderful staff. This is the old "Pantages Theatre". It's really exquisite it's also good for the disabled. When you enter from Victoria St. Your first thought might be " oh no stairs!" I know that was mine. Until a few seconds later one of the charming staff shows me the " lift" that will take you to the box office on main level, also bar & souvenirs. As long as you have tickets in the Orchestra and your disabled you are fine. Remember this is the Historic Pantages. It's a thrill to be in this beautiful theatre. I can't say enough about the caring staff, they got me s chair in lobby outside theatre door until it was time to enter. Also as I was on crutches they even let me enter first before the crowds entered .we were there in May 2017 to see " The Bodyguard " & will return this week August 4/17 to see " Beautiful the life story of icon Carole King. We saw "Beautiful " when it first opened on Broadway in 2014. Such a wonderful play, it's one of those story's you can watch over & over again! Really looking forward to Friday. Oh there is also Municipal Parking Lot on Victoria directly across from the theatre,

Gail McGhee - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating Awesome productions, we have been members for years and are rarely disappointed, (robin hood was not good, and we found Spring awakening too be to "adult" for our taste) we see about 6 shows a year so in five years that's a pretty awesome track record. ALSO if you have a membership they have great "extras" like parking discounts and nearby restaurant discounts

Heather Kelley - 19 days ago

5 Star Rating This is a must at some point in your life. The building is a Toronto show piece the Mirvish family have kept this old time a complete classic and continue to keep it beautiful with constant updates and maintenance. Please support your local theater and the arts.

Ken McMahon - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Love this theatre for its majesty and grandeur...beckons to a long gone era. Some of my most memorable theatrical productions have been at this theatre. The entrance and staircase always leave me in awe

Annaliese Alexander - 1 month ago

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Lighting of the new sign of the renamed Ed Mirvish Theatre

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