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

4 Star Rating It is a great place to see a play. The venue has that classic feel to it and is relatively small so any seat has a good view.

Paul Adair - 9 days ago

5 Star Rating Saw Matilda with my fiance and daughter, it was great! Seating was comfortable and very well seen. (Lower level)

Chuck D - 30 days ago

4 Star Rating Came here to see The Bodyguard - we were a little late and they were incredibly accommodating which was nice, and the venue is very beautiful! I don't know anything about the balcony seats, but the orchestra ones were very nice!

Jessica Wong - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating I've seen quite a few musicals here! It's a gorgeous guilded age era theatre that has been well maintained. Visiting is like stepping backwards in time, but the splendor of the building is easy to lose in the excitement of whatever show you are seeing.

Kay Tor - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating The walkway into the theatre is absolutely beautiful! I went to watch the Bodyguard on Saturday and it is one of my favorite shows I've seen! Definitely looking forward to coming back to watching something else on another occasion!

Joanne Delos Santos - 2 months ago

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Lighting of the new sign of the renamed Ed Mirvish Theatre

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