Elgin & Winter Garden Theatres
Built in 1913 as a vaudeville theatre, the faux marble balustrades, heavy carpet and wall fabric as well as the Rococo, Victorian and Art Deco details, were intended to create a regal atmosphere. The Winter Garden theatre, located directly above the Elgin, was forgotten about for 70 years when vaudeville’s popularity waned. When rediscovered, it revealed the largest-surviving collection of vaudeville props and scenery. It’s a dazzling fairytale theatre – designed as an indoor forest with hand-painted walls. Columns are made into tree trunks, the moon glows up high, and the ceiling is covered in natural birch and silk leaves adorned with hanging lanterns.
Below, the Elgin now hosts a diverse list of productions, from jazz concerts and comedy, to ballet and pantomime. Both venues are used for the Toronto International Film Festival. Operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust, tours are available on Thursdays at 5pm and Saturdays at 11am and are $12 for adults.