Toronto Centre for the Arts

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Toronto Centre for the Arts
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Toronto Centre for the Arts
Former names North York Performing Arts Centre
Ford Centre for the Performing Arts
General information
Type Arts complex
Location 5040 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M2N 6R8
Coordinates 43°45′58″N 79°24′52″W / 43.766159°N 79.414549°W / 43.766159; -79.414549Coordinates: 43°45′58″N 79°24′52″W / 43.766159°N 79.414549°W / 43.766159; -79.414549
Inaugurated October 16, 1993
Owner City of Toronto
Design and construction
Architect Eberhard Zeidler
Website
Venue website

The Toronto Centre for the Arts, previously known as the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts, is a performing arts centre in the former city of North York in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It opened in 1993 as the North York Performing Arts Centre and was designed by Canadian architect Eberhard Zeidler for musicals, theatre productions and other performing arts. It originally housed three theatres: the Main Stage Theatre with 1,727 seats, the George Weston Recital Hall with 1,036 seats, and the multi-purpose, 200-seat Studio Theatre.

The Main Stage was home to the Dancap Productions' Canadian production of Jersey Boys from August 2008 until August 2010. Prior to Jersey Boys, the facility was the home of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Sunset Boulevard and a 1993 production of Show Boat that transferred to Broadway. However, after the folding of Dancap, the Centre had difficulty finding enough tenants for the Main Stage, and began a series of renovations from 2014 to 2016 that divided the Main Stage into two smaller theatres. The Greenwin Theatre was built on the stage and backstage areas, and seats 296, while the remainder of the house became the Lyric Theatre, seating 576 and featuring LED backlit acoustic panels that can change colour with the lighting design.[1]

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