CAA Theatre

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CAA Theatre (formerly the Panasonic Theatre)
Panasonic Theatre.JPG
Exterior view of the theatre in 2009
Address 651 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Owner Mirvish Productions
Capacity 700
Construction
Opened 1911
Rebuilt 2005
Website
https://www.mirvish.com/theatres/caa-theatre

The CAA Theatre, formerly the Panasonic Theatre, is a live theatre owned and operated by Mirvish Productions in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. On December 1, 2017, Mirvish Productions announced a marketing partnership with CAA South Central Ontario, which included renaming the venue that was known as the Panasonic Theatre.[1]

Early years[edit]

The original building was built in 1911 as a private residence, then converted to a movie theatre in 1919 and known as The Victory.[2][3] 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).[3]

Rebirth[edit]

In 1993, the building was renovated for live theatre productions and renamed The New Yorker Theatre.[3]

Second rebirth[edit]

In 2004 and 2005, most of the building was demolished, with only the facade preserved. The old building was replaced by a new state-of-the-art live theatre and concert venue, and it was 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:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New partnership between CAA and Mirvish Productions". www.newswire.ca. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  2. ^ Doug Taylor (2016). Toronto's Local Movie Theatres of Yesteryear: Brought Back to Thrill You Again. Dundurn Press. pp. 36–37. ISBN 9781459733428.
  3. ^ a b c The CAA Theatre

External links[edit]

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