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The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre

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Address: 189 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1M4, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-314-2901

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Stacked Theatres

The Elgin and Winter Gardens are, I believe, the last stacked (one on top of another) live production theatres in the world. The two are vastly different, so I'll break it down... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Elgin and Winter Gardens are, I believe, the last stacked (one on top of another) live production theatres in the world. The two are vastly different, so I'll break it down for you. Elgin Theatre - located on the main floor, the Elgin is opulent. Gold gilded columns and features, large chandelier..it transports you back to a by-gone era... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The must-see place in Toronto if you like Art Deco. Winter Theater is especially nicely decorated and unusual for (normally less frivolous-minded) Toronto

Thank CanRu
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We attend the film festival every year. Comfortable seating. Very large venue. Excessive stairs. The winter garden ceiling is very interesting.

Thank jerry s
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

I have visited the Elgin and Wintergarden theatres on numerous occasions and most recently this past week for the Toronto International Film Festival. Always a favourite as it's conveniently located in the heart of Toronto's downtown core at Yonge and Queen. Beautiful theatres with so much history and enjoyable to be in. The Elgin is on the main floor while... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

These two theatres, with the Elgin on the main floor and the Winter Garden above it are simply beautiful. Great theatres to see a show in if you have the opportunity. They also offer tours which are fascinating and entertaining. Highly recommended.

Thank NCSteveT
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

The guided tour of this grand, historical theatre was well informed, with friendly guides. A beautiful spectacle, enchanting artistry and artifacts throughout. Well within budget at $12, a bargain for any wondering Traveller.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

My partner and I visited the pop up exhibition which was very good and we came back for the tour. The guides Linda and Terry were excellent and the theatres were truly stunning. The people who were running the pop up though, especially the usher, were rude to Linda and other tour guests - they didn't have to be. However,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Do the theater tour. It is delightful especially the Winter Garden. It is so unique you want to come back for a performance! Lots of history here.

Thank Chris S
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

this is one of the oldest theatres in toronto. it is stunning inside they have maintained well. from he seats to the bar it very elegant place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

We're familiar with the Elgin Theatre on the lower level, used by Opera Atelier, but this is only the second time in recent years that we've been in the Winter Garden Theatre on the upper level. The occasion was a semi-staged opera, Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, with Joel Ivany the director. The work is not my favorite Britten opera,... More 

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