Saturday 27 May 2017

Doors Open - The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre, Toronto, ON

It's Doors Open weekend here in Toronto and I after I checked out City Hall, I headed to the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre (on Yonge Street just north of Queen Street)

The 18th annual Doors Open Toronto returns on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28, 2017, offering free and rare access to 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. 

Doors Open Toronto 2017 is part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions marking Canada's 150th birthday. Doors Open Toronto is presented by Great Gulf and produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Province of Ontario and the broader community.

Not my picture ...
I forgot to take a picture of the outside

Year: 1913
Style: Edwardian (1900-1916)
Original Architect: Thomas Lamb

Building Description
The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre was the only double-decker theatre constructed in Canada and is now the last one operating in the world. This stacked Vaudevillian era theatre was saved from demolition by the Ontario Heritage Trust in 1981. Today it is a fine example Edwardian architecture and is a national historic site.

Visitor Experience
You may visit the original and new lobbies, the elegant Elgin Theatre and the whimsical Winter Garden Theatre. Plus see samples from the world's largest collection of vaudeville scenery in the cascading lobbies. 

I checked out the Elgin Theatre first.

Looking up at the upper levels
I went upstairs to the balcony

Then I climbed the stairs to the Winter Garden Theatre, seven storeys above the Elgin Theatre.

I went upstairs to the balcony

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