The Opera House (Toronto)

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The Opera House
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The Opera House
Former names La Plaza Theatre
Address 735 Queen Street E
Toronto ON M4M 1H1
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 43°39′32″N 79°20′56″W / 43.658949°N 79.348752°W / 43.658949; -79.348752Coordinates: 43°39′32″N 79°20′56″W / 43.658949°N 79.348752°W / 43.658949; -79.348752
Type Theater/Music Venue
Capacity 850 (580 Main Floor and 270 Balcony)
Built 1909
Opened 1909

The Opera House is a music venue in Toronto, Canada. It is one of the city's most historic performing venues, opening in 1909. It has also been a cinema and a live theatre venue. It is located at 735 Queen Street East, east of downtown in the Riverdale neighbourhood.


It opened in 1909 as a vaudeville stage. Seating almost 700 it was the main entertainment venue in the primarily working-class neighbourhood. As films eclipsed vaudeville the theatre was turned into a cinema, operating as the La Plaza Theatre for many decades and later under a series of other names.[1]

As multiplexes made large single screen venues no longer viable as a cinemas, it became a performing arts venue. In the late 1980s it was home to the successful gospel musical Mama, I Want to Sing!. In the early 1990s it became The Opera House music venue.


  1. ^ "History". Opera House. Retrieved 2013-10-19. 

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