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 VisitFee: 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
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|Yonge-University-Spadina||Queen Station||1 Minute|
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Ratedout of 5
A wonderful vintage theatre
Paul McCool - 1 month ago
A good but old theatre centre
Albert Lau - 1 month ago
Well maintained. Classic theatre.
Jackson Chan - 3 months ago
Beautiful historic theatre(s)
Stuart Baulch - 3 months ago
Stodgy and old, but at the same time nostalgic. Takes you back to an earlier time. Theatre seating is average at best. The bathrooms are disgusting.
Irfan Khan - 5 months ago