Built in 1913 for vaudeville, the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre houses two large theatres, stacked one above the other. Unique for the time, fewer than a dozen “double-decker” theatres were built worldwide and this was the only one ever built in Canada. The elegant Elgin is the larger of the two theatres with 1561 seats, upstairs the whimsical Winter Garden seats 992. Today the landmark theatre complex on Yonge Street hosts a variety of live performances including concerts, musicals and stand-up comics. It is home to Ross Petty’s annual Holiday Family Musicals and Opera Atelier’s baroque operas performed in April and October. It is also a venue every September for TIFF, with galas and film premiers in both theatres.
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