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 4.4 out of 5

2 Star Rating I understand the "authentic" heritage vibe they're going for, but they really need to update their seating layout. The seats are incredibly crammed to the point you cannot get up otherwise you'd be blocking the view of at least 4 rows.. Didn't get to enjoy Matilda as my fiancee got a major migraine and the staff wouldn't accommodate us accordingly.

Ayan Talukder - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating A good facility and theatre. We went to see Mathilda with our Family and the play was excellent. Professional staff and excellent staff working at the bar. We had a great time

Hannah Pearson - 20 days ago

4 Star Rating I went here with my new husband on our Toronto honeymoon to see a performance of Matilda. It was a little confusing because we had to pick up our tickets at will call, and they send you around to the non-yonge street entrance to do so. However, the performance was amazing. We were in the orchestra section. I do wish the seats were a little less cramped.

Alanna Cartier - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating This is a beautiful old theatre. I have been going there since I was a kid. Beautifully maintained. Decent seat sizes for an older theatre. Good snack bar for between shows and they serve alcohol.

Kirk Hylands - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating I saw Matilda here using tickets a friend could not use. I had to sit well in the back of the theatre on the upper floors. The best part is that I could still see the play very clearly. The theatre is not as big as others and so visibility is sound from all sides. The sounds and lighting is amazing here. You will enjoy how well the music resonates through the theatre. It gets crowded during intermissions for popular plays so make sure to visit the washroom before the play starts. Snacks are a bit pricey in here too.

Sam Martey Jr - 3 months ago

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Lighting of the new sign of the renamed Ed Mirvish Theatre

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