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

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 classic theatre venue. I have seen a few different productions here and have sat as far back as the stools and as close as the third row. There are no obstructed view seats (unless someone really tall is in front of a short person), so all seats can see the entire performance.

Sara C - 21 hours ago

4 Star Rating Went to see Bat Out of Hell, it was an awesome show. Theatre is in a great location across from the Eaton centre and just a 15 minute walk from Union Station. It was a sold out show but the coat check and bar services were quick and friendly. Beautiful old Theatre.

alanjholly - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating This is the best theatre in the downtown core. The seats are comfy and wide and they blow away the King st theatres with those cramped seats. I'm 5'11 215lbs and had zero issues in the mirvish seat with arm space. Oh and I sat in the rear mezzanine row P. Perfect view! Don't worry about seating in the rear mezzanine, you will have a great view. Great slope. Not too steep.. just right.

Andy Amiri - 16 days ago

4 Star Rating 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 - 18 days ago

5 Star Rating Traveled 400 km for a Sunday performance of Beautiful - Carole King. The theatre was so gorgeous, just like something you'd see in New York city. Very attentive staff, well stocked/attended beverage counter. The play was one of the best I'd ever seen. Well written, perfectly performed. flawless cast. Story flowed perfectly. Would gladly see it again! Only complaint I had about theatre was it showed its age. Seats were comfortable, nothing looked worn, very clean, shiny; but, restroom was too small. Ten minute wait and long line up. However, with such a classic showpiece, how can you enlarge that facility without destroying some of the character ? You just accept it. By the way, avoid the parking across the street. $25 for two hours is a bit much and they want your keys too. There is half the price parking a couple blocks away. I would go back to this place in a heartbeat. Maybe by then the construction in the area will be completed.

Rob Lauzon - 3 months ago


Lighting of the new sign of the renamed Ed Mirvish Theatre

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