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 5Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Star Rating

4 Star Rating Very elegant theatre. I went to see Opera Atalier's production of Return of Ulysses and it was over all a great experience. All the staff were friendly and pacient with my group and snacks were available for purchase at intermission. However, the seats my friends and I had were in the Mezzanine and were way to cramped. If you have long legs, I suggest you avoid that section.

Jax C - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating This is one of the prettiest theaters I have gotten to visit. The garden always enchants me with its fairy quality. The seats are fairly comfortable and the stage feels close at most angles. I love watching plays here!

Sindy Ng - 7 days ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful old theatre with lots of charm! We went and saw Grease which was a wonderful production. Even though we were at the very top of the balcony, you could still see and hear everything. I really don't think there is a bad seat in the theatre.

Sarah B - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Excellent experience from the time we walked in. Theatre performance of Grease was superb and the staff at the theatre we're very helpful in many ways, several even going out of their way to try to find a lost glove. The theatre, in itself, is beautiful. Would definitely recommend the show and the theatre. Would not hesitate to come back. P.S. On checking back a week after I had been to the theatre I was pleased to learn that the lost glove had been found and saved. I now have it back! Now, that's good customer service! I had not even left my contact info, incase the lost was found. I was ever so pleased to have my good glove back!

Eva Jean MacDonald - 4 months ago

5 Star Rating The most beautiful theatre in the city. I've seen a few shows here in the last year and I am always delighted by how beautiful this theatre is. While it is not the largest theatre, it is a very decent size. Accoustics are always good. And while I have not sat in every seat, I have had a chance to see productions from the three different seating areas, and they are all very comfortable and have great sight lines. But like I said before, this theatre must be seen to fully understand how beautiful it is.

Camile Gauthier - 4 months ago

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Touring the inside of the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre

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