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The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre

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

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A Whimsical Part Of Toronto's History

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank purplezen13
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

Thank Alan C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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.

Thank BudHol
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 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 

Thank operalover939
Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

we walked past when they were having a free open day, they had staff and volunteers on had to tell us the history, one lady's husband had worked there in the 50's. I can't believe they were going to knock down this beautiful place to build a car park!

Thank Cheryl F
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Very unique theatre with the upper level having a garden like ceiling. Lower level classical early 20th century theatre. Took a tour that gave the backgound about the building and history of the theatres. Very cool!

Thank MMN07
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

This place has an unique charm, that enhance your experience when enjoying a performance. Its old school style and the winter wanter itself is worth a visit.

Thank cyberd
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

Offered on weekends, the tour of the grand double-decker theaters, the stately Elgin and the fantastical Winter Garden, is absolutely worth both your time and the price of admission. Facts about the construction, design elements (both front-of-house and backstage) and histories of these two grand spaces were interspersed with amusing theatrical anecdotes and even some ghost stories. Our guide obviously... More 

Thank Mitch-n-Greg
London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

We saw Opera Atelier here - a wonderful production of Lucio Silla. The theatre - together with the Winter Garden is the last stacked theatre still in use. The style is classic - and wonderful to look at the detail.

Thank sworoams

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