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

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 A wonderful venue for Opera, Pantomime, concerts, plays, and Tiff screenings. Vintage turn off the (19th-20th) century decor, and some of Toronto's oldest working elevators, with operators. It's even haunted, according to legend.

Jeremy Nasmith - 8 days ago

4 Star Rating Attended buffer fest here, very nice decor. But they opened the door half an hour late after we had already been outside in line for 1 hour and half. Not sure who’s fault that is, the festival or the theatre, but overall great experience.

Jack Kukolic - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating Visited here during tiff and was blown away by the beauty of this building. A total hidden gem in downtown Toronto. A unique place for movie screenings and I'm sure theatre productions too.

Ricky McBride - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Lovely historic theatre! Just saw Faces Places (Tiff) movie here! Sound was great! We sat on the mezzanine level front and centre - great seats!

Madison Mackenzie - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Nice historic theatre. We saw a TIFF film here and we're seated in the very top row. We had a clear view of the screen and the sound system was very good. Helpful ushers. Overall good experience.

L P - 1 month ago

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Touring the inside of the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre

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