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The Opera House (Toronto)

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Type  Theater/Music Venue
Opened  1909
Phone  +1 416-466-0313
Built  1909
Province  Ontario
The Opera House (Toronto)
Former names  La Plaza Theatre, Acropolis, Dundas, Cinema Ellas
Location  Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address  735 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1H2, Canada
Capacity  950 (680 Main Floor and 270 Balcony)
Similar  Danforth Music Hall, Lee's Palace, Phoenix Concert Theatre, Horseshoe Tavern, Massey Hall
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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.

History

It opened in 1909 as the La Plaza Theatre, a 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.

References

The Opera House (Toronto) Wikipedia


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