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 5

5 Star Rating Such a beautiful interior. Most recently saw Bat out of Hell here and it had a better set design than any musical I'd seen. Incredible tech. Good acoustics from where I was sitting.

Keenan Whittaker - 2 days ago

3 Star Rating Saw “Bat Out of Hell” on opening night. Great opening night! Nice theater with roomy seats. Not enough concession access.

Steven MacLennan - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating Omg I went and saw Bat out of Help was amazing. The place had great view where ever u sat. The sound system was great. I'd like to go back again.

Krista - 5 days ago

5 Star Rating Great theatre. Well maintained and always clean. Good view of the stage no matter where you are sitting.

Danielle Ryan - 8 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 - 1 month ago

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Lighting of the new sign of the renamed Ed Mirvish Theatre

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