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Encyclopedia > Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres
The entrance to the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres
The entrance to the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres
Interior of Winter Garden Theatre
Interior of Winter Garden Theatre

The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres are a pair of stacked theatres in Toronto, Canada. Download high resolution version (585x960, 141 KB)Taken by SimonP in April 2005 File links The following pages link to this file: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres Categories: GFDL images ... Download high resolution version (585x960, 141 KB)Taken by SimonP in April 2005 File links The following pages link to this file: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres Categories: GFDL images ... Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 106 KB)Interior of Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto File links The following pages link to this file: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres ... Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 106 KB)Interior of Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto File links The following pages link to this file: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres ... The interior of the Comédie-Française, Paris, showing the stage, boxes, galleries and orchestra sections of the house. ...


They are the last surviving Edwardian stacked theatres in the world. The pair were originally built as the centrepiece of Marcus Loew's theatre chain in 1913. The building was designed by architect Thomas W. Lamb. Lamb was also the builder of The Canon Theatre. The ornate lower theatre, then named Loew's Yonge Street Theatre was home to plays and Vaudeville productions that attracted some of the world's top talent. The upper level Winter Garden, which is decorated to resemble a forest, also housed Vaudeville productions. The Edwardian period or Edwardian era in the United Kingdom is the period 1901 to 1910, the reign of King Edward VII. It succeeded the Victorian period and is sometimes extended to include the period up to the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, the start of World War... Loews Theatres, founded in 1904 by Marcus Loew, is the oldest theatre chain still operating in North America today. ... Architect at his drawing board, 1893 An architect is a person involved in the planning, designing and oversight of a buildings construction. ... Thomas White Lamb (1871 - 1942) was one of the foremost American theater and cinema architects in the late 19th Century and early 20th Centuries. ... The Canon Theatre is one of Torontos live entertainment venues. ... Vaudeville is a style of multi-act theatre which flourished in North America from the 1880s through the 1920s. ...


In 1928 the decline of Vaudeville forced the Winter Garden to close, and it remained shuttered for several decades. Left inside it was a large collection of Vaudeville props and scenery, now the world's largest surviving collection. The lower theatre was eventually transformed into a cinema. Over time the building gradually deteriorated as did the theatre. In 1969, Loews sold the Elgin to Famous Players. By the 1970s the Elgin was showing mainly B movies and soft core pornography. In 1981 the Ontario Heritage Foundation bought the structure from Famous Players and set about restoring the two theatres. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Theatrical scenery is things that are used as setting for a theatrical production. ... Famous Players is one of the Canadian movie theatre banners operated by Cineplex Galaxy LP; it includes numerous locations stretching from British Columbia to Quebec. ... The term B-movie originally referred to a film designed to be distributed as the lower half of a double feature, often a genre film featuring cowboys, gangsters or vampires. ... Pornographic movies Pornography (from Greek πόρνη (porni) prostitute and γραφή (grafi) writing), more informally referred to as porn or porno, is the representation of the human body or sexual activity with the goal of sexual arousal. ... The Ontario Heritage Foundation is a non-profit agency of the Ontario Ministry of Culture founded in 1975. ...


Since then the theatres have been at the heart of Toronto's thriving theatre scene home to major productions and musicals with Cats being the first performance at the Elgin. The building was closed in 1987 to be fully restored and then reopened in 1989. Cats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber (ALW) in 1978/1979 based on Old Possums Book of Practical Cats and other poems by T. S. Eliot. ...


The Elgin Theatre also serves as one of the hosts to the annual Toronto International Film Festival Poster for the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival Box office at the Manulife Centre The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is widely considered to be one of the top film festivals in the world and is the premiere film festival in North America from which the Oscars race begins. ...


Other Thomas Lamb theatres in Canada

The Canon Theatre is one of Torontos live entertainment venues. ... The Uptown Theatre was a historic movie theatre in Toronto, Canada which was demolished in 2003. ... Capitol Cinema lobby The Capitol Cinema (constructed 1920, demolished 1970) was the largest and most impressive movie theatre ever built in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and was the citys only true movie palace. ...

Other historic theatres in Toronto

  • Mount Pleasant Theatre - still operation single screen theatre
  • Danforth Music Hall
  • Eglinton Theatre - single screen 775 seat theatre opened in 1937 was designed by Kaplan and Sprachman; the theatre was closed in 2002
  • Royal Theatre (Toronto) - 450 seat 2 storey theatre opened in 1939 in the heart of Toronto's Little Italy; still open
  • Fox Theatre (Toronto) - built in 1914, the 2 storey located in the Beach area of Toronto and later as part of the Festival Cinemas and now closed
  • Revue Cinema - two storey theatre was built in 1911 by Suburban Amusement Company Limited for films, plays, vaudeville and theatre; later became Festival Cinemas and has since been closed
  • Bloor Cinema - opened as Madison Theatre in the 1940s and still operating as second run location
  • Imperial Theatre - later as Imperial Six
  • Kingsway Theatre - opened in 1939, the 400 seat art deco theatre later as part of the Festival Cinemas and now closed
  • Nortown Theatre
  • Midtown Theatre - later as Lee's Theatre
  • Metro Theatre - three storey theatre
  • Eaton Centre Cinemas - 18 screen was an early megaplex opened in 1979 and cited in the Guiness Book of World Records; closed in 2001

For more see : Toronto Theatres For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 90 mile beach Australia A view from above of Waikiki Beach A view from the rocks at Tamandaré Beach in Brazil A beach or strand is a geological formation consisting of loose rock particles such as sand, gravel, shingle, pebbles, cobble, or even shell along the shoreline of a body... 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ... The Bloor Cinema is an independent theatre in The Annex district of downtown Toronto, Canada, located at 506 Bloor Street West, near the Bathurst Street subway station. ... The Imperial Theater can also refer to the Imperial Garden Theater in Tokyo, Japan The Imperial Theater was the Schubert brothers fiftieth theater in New York City. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... The Guinness Book of Records (or in recent editions Guinness World Records, and in previous US editions Guinness Book of World Records) is a book published annually, containing an internationally recognized collection of superlatives: both in terms of human achievement and the extrema of the natural world. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...


External links

  • Official site
  • Ontario Plaques - Loew's Yonge Street and Winter Garden Theatres
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Sports: Air Canada Centre | BMO Field | Maple Leaf Gardens | Ricoh Coliseum | Rogers Centre | Varsity Arena Originally, a landmark literally meant a geographic feature used by explorers and others to find their way back or through an area. ... Image File history File links Toronto_Flag. ... The main entrance to the AGO The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is an art museum on the eastern edge of Torontos downtown Chinatown district, on Dundas Street West between McCaul Street and Beverley Street. ... Canadas Walk of Fame acknowledges the achievements and accomplishments of successful Canadians. ... The Canadian Broadcasting Centre The Canadian Broadcasting Centre is the broadcast headquarters of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporations television and radio services. ... Casa Loma Casa Loma (literally House on the Hill) is a Toronto tourist attraction and the former home of financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt and is located on Austin Terrace, at the south end of Spadina Road on an escarpment above Davenport Road. ... The CHUM-City Building The CHUM-City Building is the headquarters of CHUM Limited, a Canadian media corporation. ... The CN Tower, at 553. ... Dundas Square L.E.D. pixelboard showing The Heart of the City on Dundas Square logo. ... Looking East from the CNE Ferris Wheel (National Trade Centre at left, Automotive Building at right). ... A blockhouse at Fort York in 2004 Fort York is an historic site of military fortifications and related buildings on the west side of downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Harbourfront Centre The Harbourfront Centre is a key cultural facility on Toronto, Ontarios waterfront, situated at 235 Queens Quay West. ... The Hockey Hall of Fame is located at the corner of Front & Yonge in downtown Toronto The Stanley Cup on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Hockey Hall of Fame which is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, celebrates the history of ice hockey with exhibits featuring memorabilia and... Kensington market in downtown Toronto Kensington Market is one of the most famous neighbourhoods in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Skating rink in Nathan Phillips Square. ... Ontario Place is an agency of the Government of Ontario, an entertainment attraction, located approximately 4 km west of downtown Toronto on the shore of Lake Ontario, just south of Exhibition Place. ... Completed Teluscape. ... PATH is a 27-kilometre network of pedestrian tunnels beneath the office towers of downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Queens Park is an historic green space in central Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Southern facade of R.C. Harris Filtration Plant. ... The mosaic ceiling of the rotunda entrance to the museum. ... St. ... St. ... St. ... St. ... Todmorden Mills was a small settlement located in the Don River valley in Toronto, Ontario. ... Toronto City Hall The City Hall of Toronto, Ontario, Canada is one of the most distinctive landmarks of the city. ... Toronto Islands as seen from CN Tower The Toronto Islands are a chain of small islands providing a shallow natural harbour for the City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Toronto Pearson International Airport, or Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport (IATA: YYZ, ICAO: CYYZ), straddling Mississaugas northeastern boundary with neighbouring Toronto, is Canadas busiest airport and part of the National Airports System. ... The Main Entrance to the Toronto Zoo The Toronto Zoo is a zoo located in the north eastern part of Toronto, Ontario. ... Union Station is a major railway, subway, and streetcar station at 65 Front Street West between Bay Street and York Street in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Launched in 1995 the Waterfront trail is a series of trails along the shores of Lake Ontario currently begining in Niagara on the Lake and extending to Brockville. ... Categories: Stub | Cooperatives ... The Air Canada Centre, often referred to simply as The ACC, is a multi-purpose arena located on Bay Street in downtown Toronto, Ontario. ... BMO Field is a soccer-specific stadium under-construction located in Exhibition Place in the city of Toronto. ... Maple Leaf Gardens, 2006 Exterior signage as of 2006, with letters missing Maple Leaf Gardens is an indoor arena in Toronto, Ontario, on the northwest corner of Carlton Street and Church Street. ... Ricoh Coliseum is an arena at Exhibition Place in downtown Toronto, Ontario. ... Rogers Centre, formerly known as (and often still unofficially called) SkyDome, [1] is a multi-purpose stadium in Toronto, Ontario, situated next to the CN Tower near the shores of Lake Ontario. ... Varsity Arena is an arena in Toronto, Ontario. ...


Performing arts: Bathurst Street Theatre | Canon Theatre | Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres | Four Seasons Centre | Hummingbird Centre | Massey Hall | Princess of Wales Theatre | Royal Alexandra Theatre | Roy Thomson Hall Bathurst Street Theatre, 736 Bathurst Street, Toronto. ... The Canon Theatre is one of Torontos live entertainment venues. ... Construction and fundraising for the Four Seasons Centre in May 2006. ... The Hummingbird Centre The Hummingbird Centre is a major performing arts venue in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Inside Massey Hall in 1945. ... The Princess of Wales Theatre is a 2000-seat theatre located at 300 King Street West in the heart of Torontos Entertainment District. ... The Royal Alexandra theatre The Royal Alexandra Theatre is a theatre in Toronto, Ontario Canada. ... Roy Thomson Hall Roy Thomson Hall is a concert hall in Toronto, Canada. ...


 
 

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