A celebration of the one hundredth year of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre took place on Monday October 7, 2013. Built in 1913 for Marcus Loews and designed by architect Thomas W. Lamb, it’s hard to believe that the grandiose lobby and lower Elgin Theatre (formerly the Yonge Street Theatre) fell into disrepair and the upper Winter Garden Theatre was abandoned. After the building was purchased by the Ontario Heritage Trust in 1981, the renovation of the theatre took place. Painstaking work was required to return this gem to its former glory and it reopened in 1989. This last operating double-decker theatre in the world had seen its share of famous performers such as Irving Berlin and George Burns.
This evening’s theatrical spectacle included performers from Tommy, Mamma Mia, The Lion King, les Miserables and Phantom of The Opera. The Speakeasy Cocktail Supper took place on three levels of the event space each featuring a different caterer; the most popular being the slider and mini hot dog station on the top floor where you could add a multitude of toppings (Marigold & Onions). Herrera’s Catering was serving poached salmon and chicken roulade on the lowest level. L’eat desserts‘ egg custard tarts and pineapple upside down cake made a nice finish to all the rich foods. Both Rex Harrington, Gordon Pinsent and Naomi Snieckus were seen enjoying the festivities. A Gatsby Dinner took place on the stage of the Winter Garden Theatre for individuals making a major gift donation. The proceeds from the gala support The Chandelier Project; an initiative started in 2012 to re-create the original Tiffany style chandelier which was removed in 1930’s but did not find its way back to the ceiling of the theatre. If you would like to make a donation, please follow the link below:
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