Toronto #18: Vaudeville, Theatre & Movies

Toronto’s streetscapes could pass for anywhere and when major movies are shot in locations such as the Distillery District the city becomes Hollywood North. The two theatres that make up the Elgin Winter Garden Theatre Centre are restored and reveal some major discoveries including the largest collection of vaudevillian flats in the world. Built by Marcus Loew it is the last surviving double-decker theatre in the world. Ed Mirvish ploughs his profits from Honest Ed’s into saving the Royal Alexander and the Princess of Wales and promoting Toronto as a centre for plays and musicals. The city’s position as the cultural capital of Canada is strengthened with innovative architecture, new museums and additions to celebrated structures, and makes its mark with a child-friendly Science Centre and Metro Zoo. See the Toronto 175 category for more episodes.

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