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On February 16, 2004, the Ontario Heritage Trust unveiled provincial plaques at Toronto’s Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the theatres.
From left: The Honourable Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Culture, and comedienne Sandra Shamus. (Photo: Terry Mason)

On February 16, 2004, the Ontario Heritage Trust unveiled provincial plaques at Toronto’s Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the theatres. The plaque commemorated:
 

LOEW’S YONGE STREET AND
WINTER GARDEN THEATRES

Designed by architect Thomas Lamb for entrepreneur Marcus Loew as the Canadian flagship of his American theatre chain, these double-decker theatres opened in 1913-14. The 2,149-seat, lower theatre was decorated with classical details and red damask, while flowers, leaves, lanterns and garden murals embellished the 1,410-seat rooftop Winter Garden Theatre. Both theatres presented vaudeville acts and silent moving pictures until 1928 when the Winter Garden was closed and Loew’s Yonge Street was converted to show sound movies. After the lower theatre (renamed the Elgin in 1978) closed in 1981, the theatres were acquired by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, which restored and upgraded the building. The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre reopened in 1989 and is the last of its kind in operation.

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