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

5 Star Rating Staff was helpful and friendly. Love the theatre ambiance. 'Grease' the musical brought me back to the 1980s when the original came out. Loved It!

Lisa Schroer - 4 days ago

3 Star Rating Recently visited this theatre to see "Grease". The show was great. This was our first visit to this theatre, and the staff were very helpful in locating our seats. The seats were not fantastic. I purchased the tickets online and wish there was mention of the 'obstructed view'. There was railing directly in front of me making it difficult to see/enjoy the show. Also, the seating is not steep like some other local theatres...therefore the person in front of you might also obstruct your view.

Crystal Lewis - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating Loved seeing Grease but also loved the theatre. Such a great atmosphere. Seats weren't entirely comfortable but still really good. Loved the staff too. Very nice

Amanda Korz - 13 days ago

5 Star Rating This is a great theatre! The architecture inside is absolutely beautiful. No matter where you sit you always get a good view of the stage. All the staff are friendly and helpful. I recommend it.

Peter Lasko - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating This was my 1st experience at Elgin Theater . We brought our in-laws there from Japan to watch Grease . ( they loved the theater ) I would recommend you to go check out the place for what ever show you are looking for . ALL the seats have great views . I was surprised by that . The balcony also looks great and over all the seating area is really not that big So wether your on a tight budget or you prefer to pay for the closest and best seats the Elgin and Winter is a great venue. The staff are very friendly , helpful and professional . As for parking .. We booked with Ticketmaster 4 TICKETS and parking at the lot on Queen St . The email came for the tickets to the show perfectly , however the voucher for parking was a huge hassle. No voucher came so we ended up having to pay an additional $22.00 for parking . The lot is called INDIGO . They were very unorganized and the Staff was refusing to let us park there in spite of showing our email and tickets to the show . Overall it was a great experience at the Theater and Ticketmaster did reimburse us for the parking .

robert culling - 18 days ago

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Touring the inside of the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre

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