Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Tours


Join us for one of our year-round guided tours of this National Historic Site – the last operating double-decker theatre in the world! Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre offers 90-minute hour tours recount the history and restoration of the complex. You’ll visit the original and new lobbies, the elegant Elgin Theatre, the whimsical Winter Garden Theatre and you’ll see samples from the world’s largest collection of vaudeville scenery. You’ll also visit a backstage exhibit to see an original Simplex Silent Film Projector and a dressing room containing artifacts from Edwardian time period.

When: Thursdays at 5 p.m.; Saturdays at 11 a.m.

The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre (EWG) is one of the most beautiful theatre complexes in the world, and the world’s last operating double-decker theatre – with two separate and distinctive theatres stacked on top of one another.

The National Historic Site is owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust and located in the heart of downtown Toronto, close to shopping, accommodations and public transit, with ample parking facilities within walking distance.

The EWG is dedicated to providing theatre-goers with the best in Canadian and international entertainment – from musicals, comedies and concerts to dramas, operas and films. It also offers an excellent opportunity to combine special events and corporate entertaining with attendance at one of our great performances – an evening to remember for you and your guests.

Explore the EWG on one of our guided public tours. Exhibits and photo displays are located throughout the building, providing an insight into the history and restoration of the EWG.

One of the EWG’s greatest treasures, discovered during the restoration, is the world's largest collection of vaudeville scenery – hand-painted flats and drops dating from 1913. Three restored pieces, including the magnificent Butterfly and Scarab Scenery Flats, are on display.

Reservations not needed. For group tours please call 416-314-2871.

  • Hours of Operation : Tours: Thursdays at 5 p.m & Saturdays at 11 a.m. (check website for any cancelations).
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  • Wheelchair Accessible : Yes

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