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Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres
189 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M5B 1M4
The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres are a pair of stacked theatres in Toronto. The Winter Garden Theatre is seven storeys above the Elgin Theatre. They are the last surviving Edwardian stacked theatres in the world.
The were originally built as the flagship of Marcus Loew's theatre chain in 1913. Both theatres were built to show vaudeville acts and the short silent movies of the time. Each theatre was intended for a different class of patron. The gold-and-marble, domed, 'hard-top' lower theatre (originally called Loew's Yonge Street Theatre) was home to continuous vaudeville and movies. The upper-level Winter Garden is an 'atmospheric' country garden under the stars, painted with murals of plants and garden trellises, with tree trunk columns and lantern lights. The upper theatre was built for the 'Big Time' vaudeville market and had reserved seats at premium prices, catering to affluent patrons.
Today, the Elgin Theatre serves as one of the hosts to the annual Toronto International Film Festival. The location is featured in the 2017 movie The Shape of Water. The Winter Garden is seen in the 1994 film Camilla. The cover photos for Rush's 1981 live album Exit...Stage Left were shot at the Winter Garden and the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
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