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The Panasonic Theatre is a new, state-of-the-art theatre located just south of the intersection of Yonge and Bloor, Toronto's top shopping district.
How to Get There
The Panasonic Theatre, at 651 Yonge St., is situated midway between the Bloor/Yonge (to the north) and Wellesley (to the south) subway stations.
Note: The municipally owned parking lot just east of Yonge on Charles (indoor) - is closed for renovations. There is parking available on Isabella (outdoor) and there is a privately-owned lot just west of Yonge, off Charles Street (indoor).
The Panasonic Theatre features two levels of seating, with an elevator from the lobby to the second level. Please note, however, that the upper level is stepped and raked (angled) and may not be suitable for those with difficulty walking or stair-climbing. Wheelchair seating is available in the orchestra (ground-floor) area only.
Patrons requiring seating assistance are urged to call TicketKing at 416.872.1212 or toll-free at 1.800.461.3333.
Facilities for the Hearing-Impaired
The Panasonic Theatre is equipped with an infra-red listening system for the benefit of the hearing-impaired. This system requires use of headsets which are available, free of charge, at the theatre lobby concession desk.
There are two types of headsets available, the "stethoscope" style for people who don't use hearing aids and the "neck loop" for use with a hearing aid (with the aid switched to the 'T' position). "Stethoscope" headsets require no advance reservation. Patrons requiring the "neck loop" are asked to call the theatre at 416.593.1840 ext 768 - Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, or to email firstname.lastname@example.org, in order to reserve a headset as there are limited numbers. Patrons borrowing headsets will be asked to leave a piece of photo ID or credit card (as a form of security deposit) which will be given back when the undamaged headset is returned, following the performance.
If you wish any further information about any of our facilities, please call TicketKing at 416.872.1212 or, toll free, at 1.800.461.3333. You may also email us with any questions or comments at email@example.com
For your convenience, a coat check is located on the main entrance of the lobby. The cost is $2.50
Each level of the Panasonic has a lobby and bar/refreshment area and sells a limited selection of alcoholic beverages - wine, liquor, liqueurs and bottled beer - as well as non-alcoholic beverages, including bottled spring water, soft drinks and coffee. In addition, an assortment of snacks is available on each level, including cookies, packaged candy and ice cream.
All products that are sold in our lobby spaces may be taken by patrons to their seats.
Both bars accept credit and debit cards.
The Panasonic is located in downtown Toronto on Yonge St, just south of Bloor St., with available parking garages and public transportation (TTC) within walking distance.
Mirvish Productions is a full service company with expertise in every facet of event planning including production, front of house and media placement.
To learn more about the technical aspects of the Panasonic Theatre, including collective agreements and technical drawings, please visit us at www.mirvishproductions.com
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The site of the Panasonic Theatre has a long history in Toronto entertainment. Originally a private residence, built in 1911, it became a theatre - a cinema, called "The Victory" - in 1919. It changed its name in 1934 to "The Embassy" and, in the years since, has been known as "The Astor", "The Showcase" and "The Festival" (as which it was the premier venue of the Toronto International Film Festival in the 1970s). The Festival became a legitimate theatre in 1993 when it was renovated, renamed "The New Yorker Theatre" and re-opened with the off-Broadway production of Forever Plaid.
In 2004/2005, the original building was demolished (only its facade preserved) and rebuilt, from the ground up, as a new, state-of-the-art live theatre and concert venue. It re-opened as "The Panasonic Theatre" in June, 2005, under the ownership of Live Nation.
In January, 2008, the theatre was purchased - along with the nearby Canon Theatre and other Live Nation properties - by the company Key Brand Entertainment. Mirvish Productions announced on August 26, 2008, that it had completed the purchase of both the Panasonic and the Canon Theatre from Key Brand.
At 651 Yonge St., just south of Bloor St., the Panasonic is in the heart of downtown Toronto, within walking distance of the boutiques and galleries of Yorkville, the fashionable shopping of Bloor West and Church Street, the Royal Ontario Museum and the campus of University of Toronto.
Parking is available in municipally owned surface lots on Isabella St. (just south of the theatre) and Charles Street (just to the north) and indoor lots off Charles, just west of Yonge.