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Ideally situated opposite the Eaton Centre, the Ed Mirvish Theatre is billed as Toronto's finest vaudeville house in the 1920s. The façade has changed along with the players that take to its stage. Now, after being a comic theater house, motion picture palace and a contemporary cinema, it has been returned to the look that first made it famous.
Declared a national historic site in 1982, this structure represents the last stacked Edwardian theater in the world, meaning one theater on top of the other. It was built in 1913 as the first of the Loews vaudeville theatre chain. Located downstairs, the 1,500-seat Elgin Theatre makes for a lavish gathering with royal boxes and charming gilded plaster details. The upstairs 1,000-seat Winter Garden features trompe-l'oeil paintings of pastoral scenes and a spectacular fireproof garden hanging from the roof. Catch some of the most awaited theater productions at this spectacular venue.
This grand theater house, Royal Alexandra Theatre, is worth seeing for its architecture and opulence as well as for the entertainment. Built in 1907 and pulled out of the demolition doldrums by Ed Mirvish, the Royal Alex, as locals call it; exudes old-fashioned charm while providing a state-of-the-art theatrical experience. Be seated by a waist-coated usher, sink into the lush red-velvet chairs and see everything from famous Broadway to local talent.
The Princess of Wales Theater, located in the Entertainment District, elegantly combines contemporary and traditional architectural design thus hosting some of the city's finest performances. The 2000-seat showplace was built by the father and son production team of Ed and David Mirvish, Toronto mainstays who have contributed greatly to the entertainment scene in the city. They're also responsible for the Royal Alexandra Theatre only a block away.
Formerly the Hummingbird Center, this multi-purpose structure ranks as Canada's largest performing arts building and one of its most diversified. Hosting a range of acts from the National Ballet and the Canadian Opera Company to 'Riverdance' and Bill Cosby (six times and counting), there's a show for every preference and age group at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. With more than 3,000 seats, there's an area that suits both your mood and budget. Ticket prices depend on on the event and choice of seating.
In existence since 1970, this "factory" makes drama and not widgets. One of nine venues for the annual Fringe of Toronto festival, this space produces grassroots theater at its best and features such Canadian icons as George F Walker and Ken Gass. Situated in a converted church, the theater consists of two performance halls. The 200-seat main space resembles a sanctuary while the 100-seat Studio Café has the audience sitting at small tables close to the stage.
Young Centre For The Performing Arts nourishes and promotes art in a big way in Toronto. Their repertoire is vast and includes poetry recitals, readings, stand-up shows, classical and contemporary concerts, ballet, opera and even visual arts. If you reach before showtime, stop by their in-house cafe bar which serves up very palatable refreshments and drinks. Besides theatrical productions, the theater can also be rental out for private events and corporate conferences.
This massive arts center serves as the focal point of the North York arts community. Aside from three theaters, the Main Stage, George Weston Recital Hall and the Studio are all buzzing with various events in music, art, theater and more. Toronto Centre for the Arts is host to a whole range of performance art, from lavish musical theater at the Main Stage to more intimate individual recitals at the George Weston and Studio Theaters.
Brace yourself as you visit one of the best theaters in Toronto. Rose Theater boasts of high-tech 868-seating and is all set to offer you a theater experience like never before. In addition to the main theater, there is also an annex 160-seat secondary hall and meeting space. This theater is known hosting some of the best concerts and is a stage to the upcoming local artist.