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
Official Website: Elgin and Wintergarden Theatre CentreFee: Yes. Puchase Tickets
Category: Performing Arts
189 Yonge St
Toronto, ON M5B 1M4
Phone: +1 416-314-2901
Owen R. Apr-26-2021
Beautiful old playhouse and theatre. Got dragged to either LES MIS or PHANTOM (hate musicals), but I was left with the beauty of the building, from a... Read More
Drew B. Aug-18-2019
If you're in Toronto and are looking for that classic theatre experience, the Elgin & Winter Garden -- a Canadian National Historic Site -- is a place you... Read More
Kashika B. Aug-27-2020
I came here to watch a film at TIFF, it was a very lovely theatre with lots of charm! I just wish the seating was better (it's very squished between people... Read More
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