Royal Alexandra Theatre - Toronto

The Royal Alexandra Theatre is both a National Monument and the oldest continuously operating theatre in North America

Royal Alexandra Theatre
Royal Alexandra Theatre cc licensed photo by Benson Kua

Opened in 1907, the Royal Alexandra Theatre is the oldest theatre in North America to operate continuously without converting to any other use.

Featuring some incredible architecture for it's time this theatre was constructed with a steel framework to permit cantilevered balconies and no pillars in order to provide an unobstructed view. The structure is finished with the finest of materials including imported marble, cherry and walnut carved by hand, fine velvet and silk, lead crystal chandeliers and ornate plaster. A large ice pit below the orchestra provided an early form of air conditioning to theatre goers.

In 1963 the theatre was closed for updating systems and restoration to it's original splendour and in 1987 the Royal Alexandra was declared a National Historic Monument.

The theatre which has hosted over 3000 productions since opening continues to be a popular venue for Toronto plays and musicals with seating for up to 1500 patrons. For additional information about the Royal Alexandra Theatre including upcoming concerts and events see the official website.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes. Puchase Tickets

Address: 260 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1H9, Canada

Phone: (416) 872-1212

Official Website: Royal Alexandra Theatre - Toronto

Directions

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Yonge-University-SpadinaSt. Andrew Station3 Minutes

How to get to Royal Alexandra Theatre - Toronto by TTC Subway

From St. Andrew Station walk 2½ blocks west along King Street. The Royal Alexandra Theatre is on the north side of King Street West.

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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5Royal Alexandra Theatre Star Rating

3 Star Rating The Royal Alex is showing her age but is still a classy theatre. Finding a washroom is a mental challenge; ever seen an Escher drawing of stairways? Definitely not accessible. Come From Away was excellent.

Robert Obee Tower - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating Saw Come From Away and loved all 100 non-stop minutes of it. Can't say enough superlative words about the cast, they were simply amazing. Hadn't been to the Royal Alex in over 40 years and was pleased the seats were much nicer than they were way back then. Too bad we live so far away but I will definitely go back.

Trudi Taylor - 17 days ago

5 Star Rating Lovely theatre, great views from every seat. Comfortable chairs. Theatre felt spacious (and not claustrophobic). We saw "Come From Away" and it was mind-blowing. I would love to see more shows here. Wonderful place.

Alyssa Becker - 25 days ago

5 Star Rating One of the collection of fine Mirvish Theatre live on-stage venues in downtown Toronto. Each of these theatres hosts performances of the highest caliber, often coming directly to Toronto following sensational runs on Broadway in New York or London's west-end. Enjoy a drink from the selection of beers, spirits and wines, at intermission, or perhaps a gourmet cookie and ice cream bar. Service is fantastic, as one might expect.

John McDonald - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Love the atmosphere in this very old theatre. Updated for a great show (Come From Away) and I don't think there is a bad seat in the house. Services in the front are sparse but the viewing experience remains one of the best. Worth seeing anything here.

Michael Rees - 1 month ago

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I Love Lucy - One of the live productions held at the Royal Alexandra Theatre

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