The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre

The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre

The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre
4.5
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.
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  • Queen • 1 min walk
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Bruno T.
Toronto, Canada752 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Theatre with different rooms gives you a classic experience when visiting it. Absolutely beautiful place.
Written 9 June 2023
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Vetskidog
Murfreesboro, TN2,422 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This theatre was slated to be torn down but the community saved it. It was built in the early 1900’s. It has two theaters. One upstairs and one down stairs. It has a lot of character. The old hand operated elevators still work.

We visited during Open Door which is a concept to get people into buildings that they would not have otherwise visited. We did not see a show here but will gladly do so when convenient. I am glad we got to see this place.
Written 29 May 2023
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Nasim H
Boston, MA13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Majestic atmosphere. The maintenance is not looking very good though. I was expecting a better service. People look pressured and unhappy.
Written 27 January 2023
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GrayHawks
West Palm Beach, FL59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Saw a unique interactive show for kids and adults alike. Sat in a box seat by the stage which was not much more than the other seats. Great theater, great show.
Written 7 January 2023
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operalover939
Toronto, Canada2,923 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We had not been in the Elgin since before the pandemic hit, and it was very enjoyable to get back into this attractive space to attend a performance of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas by Tafelmusik. Fine performances all around!
Written 21 October 2022
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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 23 September 2022
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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 15 April 2021
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ParajoLoco
Aurora, Canada122 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 8 March 2020
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Wilson L
Toronto, Canada103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
They do tours here for $12 and they are well worth it! The tour lasts about 90 minutes and take you through the lobby areas, the orchestra and balconies of both theatres, as well as backstage of the Winter Garden. Even though I had been here before I found the tours very interesting.
Written 2 March 2020
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Betty Wang
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
When I suggested to take a guided tour to the theatre,some of my friends said why dont we leverage a show to visit the theatre rather than investing additional time and money?I have to say it is really worth it!We attended the Saturday morning 10:00 2 hours guided tour. Two volunteers hosted us. Linda let us take the 1913 made Otis Elevator. It is manually operated!They spend two hours to relfect the theatre history and how it was restored including keeping the original spelling mistake. They keep it as Edward time style. It is really amazing to see the only operating double decker theatre in the world on site. I really recommend people pay a visit there. When you know the stories,you will see this theatre differently when you come for a show next time.
Written 23 February 2020
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