Imperial Theatre, now Ed Mirvish Theatre, in 1930 & 2023

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Looking northwest towards the Imperial Theatre, today’s Ed Mirvish Theatre, at 244 Victoria St in Toronto’s Garden District.

The theatre was built in 1919/20 and was originally known as Pantages. It was one of Canada’s last combination vaudeville/movie-house theatres. It later became known as the Imperial and then, in the early 1970s, the Imperial Six when the 3,500+ seat theatre was converted into one of the world’s first multiplexes. By 1989, the gem was rebuilt into a live theatre, was renamed the Pantages, and the Phantom of the Opera began a ten-year run.

In more recent years, it was known as Canon Theatre and, since 2011, the Ed Mirvish Theatre.

September 1930/2023 – Looking northwest towards the Imperial Theatre, today’s Ed Mirvish Theatre, at 244 Victoria St in Toronto’s Garden District. The theatre was built in 1919/20 and was originally known as Pantages. It was one of Canada’s last combination vaudeville/movie-house theatres. It later became known as the Imperial and then, in the early 1970s, the Imperial Six when the 3,500+ seat theatre was converted into one of the world’s first multiplexes. By 1989, the gem was rebuilt into a live theatre, was renamed the Pantages, and the Phantom of the Opera began a ten-year run. In more recent years, it was known as Canon Theatre and, since 2011, the Ed Mirvish Theatre
September 1930/2023 – Looking northwest towards the Imperial Theatre, today’s Ed Mirvish Theatre, at 244 Victoria St in Toronto’s Garden District (City of Toronto Archives, Ken Webster Fonds 251, Series 1278, File 87)
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