The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre

The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre

The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre
4.5
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
About
The last operating double-decker theatre in the world. Built in 1913 and restored and renovated by the Ontario Heritage Trust in the 1980s today the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre is home to a diverse and variety of entertainment in Toronto. The downstairs auditorium is the elegant Elgin Theatre red and gold in Edwardian design. The upstairs theatre is the whimsical Winter Garden a unique botanical rooftop garden that blooms year around. Join us for musicals, operas, comedy and films. Public tours happen during the summer on Mondays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and Fridays at 11 a.m. Check website for specific dates and/or cancelations.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Downtown
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
How to get there
  • Queen • 1 min walk
  • Dundas • 5 min walk
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autom
Toronto, Canada51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Opera Atelier, one of my favourite Canadian opera companies, performs at The Elgin all the time. This theatre is imbued with lovely, decandent retro stylings (art deco?) with a beautifully intimate atmosphere, comfortable seating (both orchestra and balcony) and the accoustics are quite fine. I quite like the intimacy of this well renowned Toronto performance venue. So you're in luck if a show you're looking to watch happens to be playing here.
Written January 6, 2020
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mikeofguildwood
Toronto, Canada114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I've heard so much about this show and it lived up to our expectations. We saw it several months ago, but I noticed that I hadn't completed this review. Come From Away is a story that we are all familiar with, but the presentation was superb. From the simplicity (yet effectiveness) of the sets, to the music, the theme and the story telling, there was never a dull moment. I believe that it's moved to another location, so find it and go see it. Two thumbs up here!
Written January 28, 2020
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msstadnyk
Toronto, Canada77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Recently saw Caroline and change. The winter garden is a magical place. Seats were accommodating and comfortable. You feel like a nymph is a Shakespearean play sitting below the canopy of trees and leaves.
Written February 17, 2020
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caroline
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Just an absolutely amazing theatre! We came to see Come From Away a while back and the show, cast, and performance was astonishing. Hands down the best play I’ve ever seen but I have to mention the two theatres... They’re beautiful works of art, the most unique theatres I’ve ever seen. Once it’s safe to return, you bet I will be!
Written April 15, 2021
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44HADSON
Toronto, Canada8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
The Elgin is an iconic institution located in downtown Toronto. It hosts various events from live theatre, music, to film. Visited it to see a TIFF flick and had a great time. Seats are spacious, plenty of leg room. There is a smell of fresh hipster musk and nostalgia upon entering the main theatre. The decor is classic North American urban 20th century grand theatre, similar to the greats in Detroit. Had a great experience and looking forward to going again.
Written September 23, 2022
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David R
Victoria, Canada46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
You get a real sense of old-style theatre houses. Nice woodwork, brass brightwork, chandeliers...atmosphere.
I found the seats a bit tight, but I'm over 6' tall. And the upper balconies are quite steeply raked which might be a little uncomfortable for those who easily feel vertigo.
Written February 21, 2020
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ParajoLoco
Aurora, Canada123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We have often been to the Elgin theatre but this was our first occasion to discover the Winter Garden theatre. It is an incredible location with an amazing decor. Located above the Elgin it is a smaller original venue. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit!
Written March 8, 2020
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LaChatNoir
West Lafayette, IN1,697 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Must-see for architecture buffs and theater lovers. This stacked theater was incredible with an amazing history. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and informative. The extravagant Elgin Theatre on the first floor was gilded and opulent, completely restored. The Winter Garden Theatre (seven stories up) was otherworldly. Branches and leaves adorn the ceilings and columns have been turned into tree trunks. The 90 tour was well with the admission price to a national treasure and truly unique site. Exquisitely restored, these two theaters are real gems.
Written October 9, 2010
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B K
Newfoundland, Canada19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Beautiful theatre; small, which means all seats are essentially good ones. We saw Come From Away and it was beyond phenomenal.
Written January 7, 2020
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John T
Portland, OR33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The architecture and interior design of this theater is absolutely spectacular. We were in town for a few days and were lucky enough to get tickets to a wonderful musical, Come From Away at the last minute. Great seats too! Really isn't a bad seat in the house.
Written October 17, 2019
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