Elgin and Wintergarden Theatre Centre

The beautiful Elgin and Wintergarden Theatres are the only double-decker theatre still operating in the world

Interior of Winter Garden Theatre
Interior of Winter Garden Theatre cc licensed photo by Canon in 2D

Elgin Theatre and the Wintergarden Theatre are one of the world's most elegant and ornate theatre complexes. They are a National Historic Site and are the only remaining double-decker theatre complex still operating in the world.

The double theatre was built in 1913 as the flagship of the Marcus Loew chain of theatres. At that time the theatres hosted plays and vaudeville productions. In 1928 the upper theatre was closed for several decades and the lower theatre eventually became a cinema. The theatres were sold to Famous Players in 1969. In 1981 the theatres were acquired by the Ontario Heritage Foundation at which time and plans for a complete restoration began to take shape. The theatres were completely, painstakingly and beautifully restored between 1987 and 1989.

The upper level Wintergarden Theatre boasts a unique design in which the ceiling is blanketed with 5000 hanging beech tree branches interspersed with Chinese lanterns. The effect is really quite unusual.

The theatres are now at the centre of Toronto's theatre scene and they serve premier venue to the Toronto International Film Festival. For a nominal fee the theatres offer a public tour every Thursday at 5 pm and Saturday at 11 am. For additional information about the Elgin and Wintergarden Theatre and upcoming concerts and events see their official website above.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes. Puchase Tickets

Address: 1M4, 189 Yonge St #620, Toronto, ON M5B 2H1, Canada

Phone: (416) 314-2901

Official Website: Elgin and Wintergarden Theatre Centre

Directions

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Yonge-University-Spadina Queen Station1 Minute

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No buses needed. From Queen Station walk ½ block north on Yonge Street.

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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5

5 Star Rating We went to the Elgin to see Sousatzka and it was beyond amazing. But what was better was the incredible service from the minute we walked in the door. The staff were so welcoming and really made sure our time there was beautiful. If you ever have the opportunity to see a show here, do it! It'll be the best decision you make while you're in Toronto

Victoria Blake - 18 days ago

4 Star Rating Beautiful theatre. We watched sousatzka and the play was alright. But the theater was nice

Denis Adigamov - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Excellent product of Dido and Aeneas by Opera Atelier. Impressive period costumes, interesting take/twist on the story line, and outstanding female vocals. Theatre itself is beautiful inside, with excellent ushers to help seat and direct you. The setup and inclusion of the childrens choir in the balcony was unique and memorable. Only complaint is the physical seats. I know its an old theatre and thats part of its charm, but the seat bottoms are not comfortable to sit still in for a couple hours.

Brian Z - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Absolutely gorgeous theatre. Sadly it needs a bit of a clean, seat restoration and a modern touch of way-finding. I felt pretty lost and sheep-like just following a crowd for the Just For Laughs performance hoping they were going where I was - the staff was pretty kind though. Still hard to down rate this place because it simply exudes beauty... just perhaps from another era.

Zack Young - 7 months ago

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Touring the inside of the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre

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