The Opera House (Toronto)
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The Opera House in 2015.
|Former names||La Plaza Theatre, Acropolis, Dundas, Cinema Ellas|
|Address||735 Queen Street E|
Toronto ON M4M 1H1
|Location||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Capacity||950 (680 Main Floor and 270 Balcony)|
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. 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 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.
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.
- 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]
- "History". Opera House. Retrieved 2013-10-19.
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