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.
For additional information about the Ed Mirvish Theatre and upcoming shows and events see the official website link below.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Ed Mirvish TheatreFee: Yes
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Category: Performing Arts
244 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON M5B 1V8
Phone: +1 416-872-1212
Tia B. May-06-2020
I ended up winning tickets to see Hamilton which led me to this lovely theater! It was my first time seeing a musical which means my first time at Ed... Read More
Jay L. Mar-01-2020
First time coming to this theatre and I was totally surprised how big the venue was from just viewing the front entrance. It's a beautiful space for a... Read More
Alexandra B. Feb-25-2020
Great theater, great lighting, great sound... Marble stairs... So the marble stairs.. are very slippery and the steps are a different size near the... Read More
Accommodations near Ed Mirvish Theatre:
|TTC Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Yonge-University-Spadina||Dundas Station||3 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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