Royal Alexandra Theatre

260 King Street W,
Toronto, ON M5A 4L5

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Royal Alexandra Theatre

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This beautiful legit theater opened on August 26, 1907 and closed in 1962, after several decades of successful operation.

Ed Mirvish saved the theater in 1963 and has since restored it. The theater has briefly been used to show movies.

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PGlenat
PGlenat on July 13, 2007 at 3:18 am

Ed Mirvish, who purchased the Royal Alexandra theatre in 1962 thus saving it from demolition, passed away this week at age 92. His contributions to the arts and entertainment in Toronto will be sadly missed.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 13, 2007 at 10:23 am

Ed Mirvish not only saved the Royal Alexandra, but also the historic Old Vic Theatre in London. And he built a large new theatre, to traditional designs, just steps away from the Royal Alexandra. He was a very accomplished man, “A do-er, not a dreamer”.

PGlenat
PGlenat on July 13, 2007 at 11:20 am

That “new” theatre is the Princess of Wales theatre. The Mirvishes, under the corporate banner of Mirvish Productions, also operates the historic Pantages theatre in downtown Toronto (now renamed the Canon theatre after it’s current sponsor). Ed Mirvish is probably best known for his bargain emporium “Honest Ed’s” with it’s corny sayings plastered all over both the interior and exterior of the building. It was the success of that enterprise which eventually allowed him to pursue his theatrical interests beginning with the Royal Alex.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 5, 2007 at 3:57 pm

Another recent photo can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 3, 2008 at 9:37 am

This is a close-up view of the Royal Alexandra Theater.

Here is the Mirvish website.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 7, 2008 at 7:38 pm

A nice view of the Royal Alexandra Theater can be seen in this a June 2008 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 18, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Here is an August 2008 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 3, 2009 at 9:59 am

This is an interior photo.

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