If you are lucky enough to catch a performance at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, you are in for a treat. This is the the world's last operating double-decker theater. Built in 1913, the Winter Garden Theatre was constructed seven stories above the Elgin Theatre. Now a National Historic Site, the theaters were built in the days of silent movies and Vaudville performances. Milton Berle, Irving Berlin, and Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy performed here. In more recent years, it has been a venue for musical and comedy concerts, private productions, film festival galas, and lectures. Such big–name Canadian performers as Sarah McLaughlin, Kiefer Sutherland, Anne Murray, Mike Myers, Eric McCormick, Alanis Morissette, and Jim Carrey have all chosen to play here. Be sure to see the Winter Garden's ceiling of 5,000 branches of beech leaves that hang from above. These ones were harvested, preserved, painted, and fire-proofed to replace the originals during a 1987 renovation. The setting is magical. If you can't attend an evening show, you can tour the Theatre Centre Thursdays 5pm and Saturdays 11am ($12 adults, $10 students and seniors).
Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre
189 Yonge St.
Our Rating Neighborhood On the east side of Yonge Street, north of Queen Street Transportation Subway: Queen Phone 416/314-2901 Prices Prices vary wildly by event Web site Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre