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Elgin Theatre

189 Yonge Street, Toronto - get directions

Box Office Hours

The Elgin Theatre Box Office is now closed. Please go to The Ed Mirvish Theatre at 244 Victoria Street to purchase tickets.

The Elgin Theatre is located at 189 Yonge Street in Toronto – north of Queen Street, across from the Eaton Centre.

How To Get Here

By car: From the Gardiner Expressway, take the Jarvis Street exit, travel north to Richmond Street and turn left. Travel west to Yonge Street and turn right. The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre is on the east side of Yonge Street just north of Queen Street.

By transit: Take the subway to the Queen Street Station. Walk north on Yonge Street; the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre is just north of Queen on the east side of Yonge Street. 

There are several public parking lots close to the Elgin. For more details go to Venue Parking.

Accessibility

Accessible seating is located in the orchestra levels only of both the Elgin and the Winter Garden Theatres. A limited number of transfer seats (i.e., seats with removable arms) are available in both theatres. Please note that transfer seats are of a standard width.

Patrons who have special requirements may wish to call in advance 416-314-2872 to notify our staff of your needs. Physically challenged patrons should be aware that the location of mezzanine and balcony seating requires the climbing of stairs.

Hearing enhancement system / recording devices

The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre is equipped with an infrared hearing enhancement system. This service is available at Concessions in the main lobby. For this service, patrons are required to leave a piece of identification with Theatre Centre staff. Your identification will be returned to you on return of the hearing device. The use of cameras, recording equipment, radios or any playback device is not permitted in the theatres. Patrons are asked to ensure that watch alarms and/or cellphones are turned off during the performance.

 

For your convenience, a coat check is located in the Elgin Lounge (lower level). The cost is $2.00.

The gift shops are located in the lobbies of the Elgin and Winter Garden theatres. Gift items include key chains, jewelry, postcards and a souvenir book. Concessions services are also available in the lobbies. Services include hearing enhancement units, binoculars and booster seats free of charge, plus a selection of sweets for purchase. The gift shop and concessions are open prior to performances and during intermissions.

Refreshments and bar service are available at various bars throughout the building. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the Theatre Centre.

The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre is equipped with an automated external defibrillator (AED) and oxygen tanks. Staff is trained in first aid.

Did you lose an item in the theatre?
Please call 416-314-2885 and leave a message with your name, telephone number and article description.

Be a star at your next corporate or special event. Ideal for annual general meetings, film premieres or dinner on stage, our double-decker theatres and grand lobbies offer a variety of unique spaces. For more information, contact Kevin Harris at 416-325-4144 or email: kevin.harris@heritagetrust.on.ca

The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre was originally built in 1913 by Marcus Loew and designed by Thomas Lamb, it is a National Historic Site and the last operating “double-decker” theatre in the world. The Centre contains the majestic Elgin Theatre on the main level and the magical Winter Garden Theatre, seven stories directly above it. Built for vaudeville and silent films, both theatres operated in tandem. The Winter Garden closed in 1928 and remained boarded up for more than sixty years, becoming Toronto’s “ghost theatre”, while the lower theatre became one of Toronto’s premiere movie palaces. In the 1981 the complex was purchased by the Ontario Heritage Trust and plans were developed to restore the building to its original state. The restoration, the largest of its kind in Canada, took place between 1984 and 1989 and included the addition of new lounges, lobbies and a backstage pavilion. The theatre centre is now a multi-purpose venue hosting a variety of musicals, dramas, operas, concerts and screenings for TIFF. The building is also able to host corporate events and receptions and is used as a location for filming and photo shoots.

Timeline

1913 – December 15: Loew's Yonge Street Theatre opens as the flagship for Loew's chain of Canadian vaudeville theatres. Built by Marcus Loew and designed by architect Thomas Lamb

1914 – February 16: the Loew's roof garden theatre, the Winter Garden opens

1928 – June 16: Due to the decline of vaudeville's popularity and the advent of talking pictures, the Winter Garden is closed to the public; the lower auditorium remains open and is wired for sound

1930 – October 3: Loew drops vaudeville in favour of an all-movie program in the Yonge Street Theatre

1978 – March 17: The Yonge Street Theatre is re-named the Elgin

1981 – December 1: The Ontario Heritage Trust purchases the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres to restore them for use as a performing arts complex. What is believed to be the world's largest collection of vaudeville scenery is purchased along with the building – pieces from the collection are displayed in the cascading lobbies

1982 – June: The Winter Garden Theatre is declared a National Historic Site; designation of the Elgin follows shortly thereafter

1984 – October: Retrofit of the Elgin Theatre and restoration of the colonnaded lobby takes place

1985 – March 14: The celebrated production of Casts opens in the Elgin Theatre for a two-year run

1987 – May: Full restoration begins

1989 – December 15: After almost three years of restoration, the grand reopening of the historic Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres takes place – exactly 76 years after the original opening of the Loew's Yonge Street Theatre

1990 – Movies return to the Elgin Theatre with the arrival of the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF)

1995 – A new marquee – reminiscent of the 1913 original – is installed with 1,240 light bulbs

2011 – Work is undertaken to restore the terracotta façade and three arched windows overlooking Yonge Street

2013-14 – The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre celebrates its 100th anniversary

2018 – March: After nearly 30 years, the leaf ceiling of the Winter Garden Theatre is in need of replacement. A new canopy of leaves was installed. This extraordinary project saw 21,800 new branches installed on the ceiling to maintain the magic of the original garden setting.