Built in 1907, this historic, elegant venue is the oldest continuously operating legitimate theater in North America. You might find its 1,497 seats rather "cozy," and if you don't like heights don't opt for a second-balcony seat (the balcony is crazy steep). But there's a real charm to experiencing theater in these historic surroundings—red carpets, red wallpaper, red velvet seats. If these walls could talk! Toronto-born Mary Pickford performed here, as did young Canadian entertainers Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Victor Garber, Gilda Radner, and Andrea Martin in "Godspell" in 1972. Take a stroll along the sidewalk in front, which is Canada's Walk of Fame with embedded stars honoring famous Canadians.
Royal Alexandra Theatre
260 King St. West
Our Rating Neighborhood Entertainment District Hours Box office: Mon noon–6pm, Tues and Thurs–Fri noon–8:30pm, Wed and Sat 11am–8:30pm, Sun 11am–3pm Transportation Subway: St. Andrew, then walk west for five minutes, or take King streetcar west to Simcoe Street Phone 416/872-1212 Web site Royal Alexandra Theatre