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
Nice venue, seats could be a bit more comfy.
Jeffrey Starr - 15 days ago
Beautiful theatre and amazing history in that building. Love seeing shows here
Tim Deegan - 1 month ago
Lovely theatre with quality programming.
Hugo Correia - 1 month ago
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 - 3 months ago