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

Official Website: Elgin and Wintergarden Theatre Centre

Fee: Yes

Category: Performing Arts

Address: 189 Yonge St
Toronto, ON M5B 1M4

Phone: +1 416-314-2901


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5 Star Rating Went to see LETS DANCE THE MUSICAL on Aug 12 2023 the show was absolutely amazing! It is fun funny and a great way to put your worries aside for 2 hours and... Read More

Marlene B. Aug-18-2023

4 Star Rating This building itself is a masterpiece, work of art. It is on core downtown and home to musicals and plays. Read More

Ozlem K. Aug-13-2023

5 Star Rating 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

Owen R. Apr-26-2021

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Touring the inside of the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre

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