The Opera House (Toronto)

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The Opera House
Opera House Facade At Night.jpg
The Opera House in 2015.
Former namesLa Plaza Theatre, Acropolis, Dundas, Cinema Ellas
Address735 Queen Street E
Toronto ON M4M 1H1
LocationToronto, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates43°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
TypeTheater/Music Venue
Capacity950 (680 Main Floor and 270 Balcony)
Construction
Built1909
Opened1909
Website
theoperahousetoronto.com

The Opera House is a music venue in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is one of the city's most historic performing venues, opening in 1909.[1] 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.

History[edit]

It opened in 1909 as the La Plaza Theatre, an Edwardian 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, continuing to use the name La Plaza Theatre until the 1960s, and later under a series of other names.[2][3]

As multiplexes made large single screen venues no longer viable as 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Doug Taylor (2016). Toronto's Local Movie Theatres of Yesteryear: Brought Back to Thrill You Again. Dundurn Press. pp. 14, 88, 89. ISBN 9781459733428.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "History". Opera House. Retrieved 2013-10-19.
  3. ^ https://tayloronhistory.com/2014/09/03/torontos-la-plaza-theatre-the-opera-house-on-queen-east/

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