Theatre and Winter Garden
Yonge Street, a Historic Site owned by the Ontario Heritage
Foundation, has two restored vaudeville-era theatres.The
Elgin seats 1500, the Winter Garden seats 992.
Seasons Centre for the Performing
Arts 145 Queen
St. W., a 2000-seat opera and ballet house opened June 2006,
new home to the Canadian
(seven operas each season), and The
National Ballet of
(classical repertoire and contemporary works).
Queens Quay West, on Toronto's waterfront, is home to
Enwave Theatre flexible 350-420 seats, Premiere
Dance Theatre (450 seats), Studio Theatre, 196
seats), Brigantine Room (flexible to 350 seats),
Power Plant Art Gallery, York Quay Gallery.
Centre, 12 Front
Street East, 3000-seat venue built in 1960, former home to
the National Ballet and COC, now houses large-scale
Kimsa Theatre for Young
165 Front St. E. at Frederick, has a 468-seat mainstage, and
a 115-seat studio theatre. Since 1966, the LKTYP, formerly
Young People's Theatre, is committed to the development of
young people through professional theatre.
three theatres: The 1480-seat
260 King St. W., is the oldest continuously operating
legitimate theatre in North America. The
of Wales Theatre,
300 King St. W., a 2000-seat theatre built by David and Ed
Mirvish in 1993, is the first privately owned and financed
theatre built in Canada since 1907. Also operate the
(formerly Pantages), 244 Victoria St.
Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, (formerly the New Yorker
Theatre), a 700-seat theatre renovated to house
(closed Jan 2007).
Lawrence Centre for the
Arts 27 Front
Street East, a theatre facility since 1970, has two
theatres: the Bluma Appel (870 seats) and the Jane
Mallett (497 seats), home to CanStage
and five other Toronto performing arts, theatre and music
Centre for the Arts,
5040 Yonge Street (Sheppard or North York Centre subway) has
3 spaces for theatre and concerts: Main Stage Theatre (1727
seats), George Weston Recital Hall (1036 seats) and Studio
Theatre (200 seats) (north of the 401, not shown on
Centre for the Arts
(Distillery District) 55 Mill Street, Bldg 49, opened Jan
2006, houses the George Brown Theatre School,
rental productions, with 3 flexible spaces: 425-seat
Baillie Theatre, 250-seat Michael Young
Theatre and 120-seat Tank House Theatre
on YC spaces).
26 Berkeley Street at Front St., a heritage site converted
to 2 theatre spaces and courtyard, now operated by
The Downstairs Theatre seats 240, the Upstairs Theatre
studio seats 100.
in Bad Times Theatre
12 Alexander Street at Yonge. Since 1979, Buddies is
dedicated to gay, lesbian and queer theatrical expression.
The Chamber mainstage is reconfigurable to 250-300 seats,
Tallulah's, a cabaret space, seats 120.
Blue Jays Way (formerly Second City) operates a 400-seat
main and a 115-seat cabaret space.
125 Bathurst Street at Adelaide, has two theatres: the
Mainspace seats 200, the Studio Theate seats 100.
Established in 1970 by Artistic Director Ken Gass, Factory
Theatre devotes itself to producing Canadian plays.
City Toronto, 51
Mercer Street at Blue Jays Way), in their new cabaret space
seating 320, offer topical comedy revues by an ensemble
Bridgeman Ave. (north-east of Dupont/ Bathurst), has two
theatres: the Mainspace seats 205, the Extra Space seats
100. Founded in 1970 by Bill and Jane Glassco as a
playwright's theatre, to develop, encourage and produce new
Hall Downstairs), 1087 Queen St. W. at Dovercourt. The
150-seat theatre has a new owner, facilitated by the Theatre
Centre. The TC, founded in 1979 by a co-operative of six
independent theatre companies, focuses on theatrical
exploration. (not shown on map)
16 Ryerson Avenue north of Queen, has two theatre spaces:
the Mainspace seats 160, the Backspace seats 64. Founded in
1968 to create a distinctly Canadian voice in theatre with
its signatory approach to collective creation.
Did You Know?
The 12 Alexander building (now Buddies in Bad
Times) was George
Luscombe's Toronto Worksshop
Productions, a key
force in Canadian theatre, from the 1960s to 1988.
The Berkeley Street Theatre was a 1887 gas
factory saved from demolition in 1971 by the
404 Jarvis Street (north of Carlton), the National Ballet
School's professional theatre, seats 297.
Distillery District houses two studio spaces run by
performance companies, both in The Cannery, Building 58, on
the third floor: Dancemakers
Centre for Creation,
Studio #313 in the Cannery, seats from 60 to 96 for dance
and theatre productions. Tapestry
/ Nightwood New Work
#315, can seat up to 100, is run jointly by Tapestry New
Opera and Nightwood Theatre.
Queens Quay West, on Toronto's waterfront, Premiere
(450 seats),a theatre created in 1983 specifically for
operates the Winchester
80 Winchester Street, east of Parliament, known in the dance
community as "The Winch".
Victoria Street at Shuter, a concert hall built in 1893 by
Hart Massey, is a heritage site (2753 seats).
250 Front St. West at John St., 341 seats. CBC Broadcast
Centre's concert venue is also a recording studio.
Thomson Hall, 60
Simcoe Street at King, seats 2630, built in 1982 as
Toronto's new concert hall, home of the Toronto Symphony
Centre for the Arts,
5040 Yonge Street (Sheppard or North York Centre subway)
includes George Weston Recital Hall (1036
seats). (not on map)
Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal Jewish Community
Spadina Ave. at Bloor, in the newly renovated MNJCC opened
in 2003, seats 288.
Tecumseth St, is a small scale classical theatre company
with a studio performance space seating 60.
Berkeley Street at Richmond St., seats 140 in its main
theatre and 90 in its studio, in a renovated fire hall.
Founded in 1919 as a drama club by women graduates of
University of Toronto to produce theatre that focuses on
plays by and about women.
Street Theatre and the Annex
Bathurst Street, south of Bloor, are now home to the
Randolph Academy for the Performng Arts, with occaisional
Palmerston Ave. at Bloor, seating 110 in the lower level of
the Palmerston Library, is one of the Toronto Public Library
Queen St. W. at Ossington (Queen West art district), in the
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Workman Arts has a
300-seat theatre, a gallery and fine arts studio, providing
support to artists who have mental health and addiction
issues. (not shown on map)
The theatres listed below
are associated with the University
of Toronto, in
the area bounded by Bay, Bloor, College and Spadina.
15 Devonshire Place, south of Bloor, is Trinity College's
theatre and lecture hall, seating 181.
Morris Studio Theatre,
4 Glen Morris St. at Spadina. The Studio Theatre (Graduate
Centre for Study of Drama), a former Russian orthodox
church, it is now a studio space seating 90.
House Theatre, 7
Hart House Circle, seats 454. Opening in 1919, the theatre
was a leader in the Canadian Little Theatre
movement of the 1920's and 1930's. It has served as the
training ground for some of Canada's most prominent actors
St. George St, a studio theatre seating 120, for the
University College Drama Program.
93 Charles St. W, at Queen's Park, is Victoria University's
new theatre, opened in 2001, seating 500.
214 College St, at St. George, is a 170 seat theatre housing
the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama.
Note: The Toronto Fringe
posts a list of performance
and rehearsal venues.