Are you interested in historic theatres? You’re in the right place! The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres are the last surviving Edwardian stacked theatres in the world! Elgin Theatre parking? Winter Garden Theatre Parking? ParkWhiz makes it easy to book the best space, no matter the theatre you’re visiting.
Both theatres were constructed to vaudeville acts and short silent movies, both of which were the rage at the time. Each theatre was meant for a different class of patron. The lower house, the Elgin, originally known as Loew's Yonge Street Theatre, opened in late 1913 and was home to continuous vaudeville and movies, while the The Winter Garden Theatre opened upstairs in 1914 and catered to more affluent patrons with reserved seating and premium prices.
The most incredible thing about this pair of theatres? In 1928, the lower theatre was converted to show sound films while the upper theater was closed. Shockingly, the Winter Garden Theatre remained closed for sixty years. In 1981, the Ontario Heritage Foundation bought the both theatres, then later the building was closed while both theatres were renovated over two years starting in 1987 and reopened in 1989. Since then they’ve regularly housed shows, concerts, filmings and other events.
The theatres regularly host tours, which means if you’re as intrigued about the last surviving Edwardian stacked theatres in the world as we are, you already have your ParkWhiz app open and are searching for Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres parking for the dates and times that you plan on checking out this unique building.