Ed Mirvish Theatre

244 Victoria Street,
Toronto, ON M5B1V8

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Ed Mirvish Theatre

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The Pantages was Canada’s largest theater when it opened in 1920. This 3,626 seat palace remained a single screen theater in the Famous Players chain until 15th March 1930 when it was re-named Imperial Theatre. In June 1973 it was divided into six auditoriums and renamed the Imperial Six. Cinema 1 was between the front of the former balcony and the screen. Cinema 2 was the former balcony seating. Cinemas 3 & 4 were in the former backstage. Cinemas 5 & 6 were in the orchestra seating.

The Imperial Six was taken over Cineplex Odeon in May 1986 and was partially renovated, re-opening as the Pantages Cinema in December 1987. This closed in August 1988 and a full restoration project to return the building to a single auditorium was completed fully completed in September 1989.

The theater was re-named Pantages Theatre again and was home to “The Phantom of the Opera” for ten years. Now used mostly for Broadway touring companies, the theater was renamed the Canon Theatre in September of 2001 and in 2011 was renamed Ed Mirvish Theatre.

Contributed by Jason R

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rivest266
rivest266 on January 7, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I uploaded the 1973 grand opening ads as Imperial Six as well as the 1987 reopening ad as the Pantages. I also uploaded an plan of the 1986 Dubinsky-Cineplex coup over Famous Players.

robboehm
robboehm on February 10, 2012 at 3:59 am

Is not the main entrance on Yonge Street, 263?

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on February 10, 2012 at 4:28 am

Actually, no. As previous comments indicate, the historical main entrance to the Pantages was on Victoria Street; the Yonge Street entrance was actually a later addition (although constructed a long time ago now and well-blended architecturally into the original design). The Yonge Street entry actually takes one over O'Keefe Lane and then into the the original main foyer. Because Yonge is such a main thoroughfare, it is easy to assume the Yonge Street entry always was the main entry, especially if you are among those who recall the theater in its days as the Imperial 6 cinema.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 3, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Imperial’s conversion to multiplex described in this 1974 trade article: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 3, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Also pictured on the cover of the same issue: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 27, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Imperial’s auditorium pictured in this 1938 trade ad: Boxoffice

telliott
telliott on June 21, 2014 at 3:55 am

Shouldn’t this now be listed as the Ed Mirvish Theatre? Name was changed over 2 years ago.

robboehm
robboehm on June 21, 2014 at 2:50 pm

As you can see, telliott, it now is. But the last name used it not always the case on CT, for whatever reason.

telliott
telliott on June 21, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Sorry, my mistake, I thought it was.

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