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: 189 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1M4, Canada

Phone: (416) 314-2901

Official Website: Elgin and Wintergarden Theatre Centre

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Rated 4.6 out of 5Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Star Rating

5 Star Rating WOW! The staff are amazing here. One of the supervisor ushers showed us to our seats, very good service. And every part of the theatre there is staff to help you out which is very good to have . I think that this is my new favourite theatre experience

Jordan J - 8 days ago

4 Star Rating Really cool theatre. The roof looks like a garden. Saw a bunch of comedians here during jfl42 just make sure you line up early to get the best seats.

Carter Chin - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful venue and the box seats are hands down the best seats in the house! Amazing acoustics and extremely comfortable seats! Handicap accessible all over which is great!

diana sun - 10 days ago

5 Star Rating Ross Perry's Wizard of Oz was an incredible show! Brilliantly talented cast and awesome music! Loved every second of it. ...yes the commercials too!

Louisa F - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful theatre with generally good sightlines and audio. I saw two one act operas there on November 3, 2018 and sat for two hours without discomfort. The decor of the theatre is from another time when ornament and splendor meant something. Quite impressive when compared to the newer theaters. Only complaint: Small bathrooms in the basement not adequate for such a place and urinals without dividers.

JC Smith - 2 months ago


Touring the inside of the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre

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