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

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 5Ed Mirvish Theatre Star Rating

5 Star Rating The staff at Mirvish Theatre provide exceptional service for ticket purchases. They offer highly reasonable ticket prices. They go above and beyond any other service, especially in regards to support for fake ticket purchases and reseller scams. Please make sure you purchase tickets from their website directly. The Mirvish Theatre truly wants to help people effected by online ticket scams.

Douglas Sinclair - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating We went and saw the Bat out of Hell performance and it was fantastic. The theatre is beautiful and the staff was great. All the seats from what I could see would have been a great choice. Liquor prices were reasonable as well as the coat check. Nothing bad to say about our evening.

John Kalar - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating This review is for Bat Out of Hell not the theatre. The production was awesome and the cast belted out the tunes in a way that would make Meatloaf proud. I’ve read the critics reviews and I do not agree with them at all. Probably b/c I don’t go to theatre that often so can’t tell a good production from bad? Anyway, the special effects and the incredible voices from the cast made this a very enjoyable experience. I highly recommend you go while it’s still playing. As for the theatre itself: Kind of fancy for a production like this. Some place more modern would have been better. I’m still on the fence on whether I liked it or not. It’s too ornate for this type of musical.

Mary/Jim HOME - 3 months ago

3 Star Rating Went to see a musical with my family. It was great. We were on the upper level and paid 70$/ticket. I noticed the bar stool type of tickets were about 10 rows back from where we were. For a 30$ difference I might try getting those tickets instead and save some money. Great for someone who might need to stand up and move around a bit or who have problems sitting still.

Amanda Powell - 3 months 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 - 4 months ago

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Lighting of the new sign of the renamed Ed Mirvish Theatre

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