May 25, 2014
Category: Historical Attractions
The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre is open both days for Doors Open Toronto, May 24 and 25. This remarkable double-decker theatre is the last of its kind in operation. It was built for vaudeville and silent films in 1913 for Marcus Loew and designed by architect Thomas Lamb. The theatres were renovated in the 1980s by the Ontario Heritage Trust. Marvel at the gilded plaster details, damask wall covering and domed ceiling of The Elgin. The Winter Garden offers hand-painted walls with garden scenery and a canopy ceiling of beech leaves. Visitors will get a chance to see both theatres, view samples from the world’s largest collection of vaudeville scenery and hear about the famous performers that have appeared both on stages. Hours 10am to 4pm – no admittance after 3:45pm, no tripods and not suited for children under five, strollers must be left at the door.
Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre — 189 Yonge Street
The 15th annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf is a city-wide celebration offering free, rare access to more than 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across Toronto.
This year’s theme is Secrets and Spirits… Exploring the Mysteries Behind the Door. Close to 80 locations feature secret spaces, stories of spirit sightings and unexplained mysteries. Look for the mysterious keyhole icon while browsing the list of participating buildings or walking tours.
Doors Open is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community.