Toronto's Historical Plaques
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Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres
Photo by contributor Colin Old - Posted September, 2013
Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2004
Photo Source - Wikipedia
In the lobby of the Winter Garden theatre (upstairs) inside this dual theatre on the east side of Yonge Street just north of Queen Street, one will find attached to the wall this Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque. Here's what it says:
Coordinates: 43.652853 -79.379289
Designed by New York architect Thomas Lamb for the Loew circuit, this double-decker complex was unique in Canada, and included many features later found in movie palaces. The lower theatre, with "Renaissance" decor, opened in late 1913. It shared its vaudeville and movie shows with the smaller Winter Garden above, which opened in early 1914 and was extraordinarily decorated with real beech leaves and garden murals. The Winter Garden was closed in 1928, and remained essentially untouched for over half a century.
> Posted July 9, 2008
I was born in Toronto after the Winter Garden was closed. I left Toronto before the restoration. Thank you for this information, You have opened and closed a chapter for me. John Howe
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