Elgin Theatre, Toronto
Elgin Theatre capacity
The Elgin Theatre has a capacity of 1494 seats. Section capacities are 901 Orchestra , 330 Mezzanine and 263 Balcony. Use our interactive seating chart to view 1 seat reviews and 1 photos of views from seat.
Originally constructed in 1913, the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre was built as the flagship venue of Marcus Loew’s theatre empire. Currently the last operating “double-decker” theatre in the world, the venue was first dubbed the Lowe’s Yonge Street Theatre, with the Elgin Theatre on the ground floor of the building and the Winter Garden Theatre seven stories directly above it. Both theatres were designed by prolific theatre architect Thomas Lamb, with the Elgin interior decorated in lavish gold leaf, luxurious fabric and ornate plasterwork.
Initially the home of vaudeville and silent film, the Elgin was converted into a movie theatre when the Winter Garden closed in 1928. Loews later sold the theatres to Famous Players in 1969, who went on to sell the building to Ontario Heritage Trust in 1981. Reopening with a production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, which ran for almost two years, the Elgin closed for restoration and opened again in 1989, showcasing a variety of live performance and film, including large-scale musicals, international music and comedy acts, as well as the renowned Toronto International Film Festival.
With a seating capacity of 1,539, the Elgin Theatre is split into two main levels of the Orchestra and Mezzanine, with a third Balcony level positioned just behind the Mezzanine. The Orchestra is the largest section in the theatre, seating around two thirds of the audience. Seating in this level is split into several blocks, with good views available throughout. The Mezzanine provides excellent views of the expansive stage, whilst the Balcony is the highest tier and has a more distant, intimate feel. Four large Boxes are available; two at Orchestra level and two in the Mezzanine. Each Box seats 12 people on different levels, providing angled perspectives of the stage.
Good value seats
For theatregoers looking for a bargain, the front of the Balcony offers affordable tickets with decent, if distant, views of the stage. Alternatively, seats in the rear of the Orchestra are free from obstruction and are in a tier below the top price bracket.
Sitting in the front-centre of the Orchestra and Mezzanine offer the best views in the theatre. Rows EE-J of the Orchestra and A-C of the Mezzanine are the areas to check for immersive theatre experiences at premium prices. These seats offer close-up views of the action for an unforgettable evening.