Panasonic Theatre

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Panasonic Theatre
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The Panasonic Theatre
Address 651 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
Owner Mirvish Productions
Capacity 700
Opened 1911
Rebuilt 2005

The Panasonic Theatre is a live theatre owned and operated by Mirvish Productions in Toronto, Canada.

Early years[edit]

The theatre was built in 1911 as a private residence and then converted as a movie theatre in 1919 known as The Victory.[1] It was renamed The Embassy in 1934 and a host of other names over the next 60 years:

  • The Astor
  • The Showcase
  • The Festival

In the 1970s the Festival Theatre was a key venue of the Toronto International Film Festival (then known as the Festival of Festivals).[1]


In 1993 the building was renovated for live theatre productions and renamed The New Yorker Theatre.[1]

Second rebirth[edit]

In 2004 and 2005, most of the building was demolished with only the facade preserved and became the new state-of-the-art live theatre and concert venue known as The Panasonic Theatre. In 2005, the building was acquired by Live Nation and in 2008 by Mirvish Productions.

A list of theatrical productions at the Panasonic:

See also[edit]

With the complete rebuilding of the Panasonic, Toronto is left with a handful of early 20th century theatres (both movie and live):

A list of lost or rebuilt theatres:


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°40′04″N 79°23′08″W / 43.6679°N 79.3856°W / 43.6679; -79.3856