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138 Archival description results for Theatres

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Toronto, Toronto Ballet Opera House

Photographs of the winning design for the 1987 competition to design a combined opera and ballet performance space for the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company. A plot of land at the corner of Bay and Wellesley Streets in Toronto was donated by Ontario Premier Bill Davis and the buildings were demolished. In 1992, the new Premier Bob Rae cancelled the project due to excessive cost. The land was sold to commerical developers. The 'Opera Place' condominiums now occupy the location. In 2002 a new competition was launched with substantial funding from the Four Seasons hotel chain, and the house opened with a more modest design based on European opera houses in 2006 at the corner of Queen Street and University Avenue.

Rosenthal, Steve

Bayview Playhouse programs

File consists of 5 theatre programs from the Bayview Playhouse. Located at 605 Bayview Avenue. It opened in 1936 as the Bayview Theatre, and closed in 1961 as a movie theatre. It reopened again in the 1980s as the Bayview Playhouse, a venue for live theatre, and remained as such until the 1990s when in became a food store.

Canon Theatre / Pantages programs

File consists of 10 theatre programs published by Pantages Theatre and the Canon Theatre. The theatre first opened in 1920 as the Pantages Theatre. In 1930 it was renaimed the Imperial Theatre, and became exclusively a cinema operated by Famous Players. In 1972 the Imperial closed, and was re-opened in 1973 as the Imperial 6. It then closed in 1986, and most of the building was taken over by Cineplex Odeon. In 1987 the theatre re-opened as the single-screen Pantages Theatre while Famous Players and Cineplex fought in a legal battle over the building. Eventually Famous Players agreed to sell their remaining portions of the original theatre to Cineplex Odeon, but under the agreement that it never be used for motion pictures. In 1988 the Pantages theatre closed to be restored to the way it was in 1920, and the new Pantages Theatre reopened in 1989. In 1999 ownership fell to Live Nation and management to Mirvish Productions, who announced a sponsorship for the theatre from Canon Canada, Inc. The theatre was renamed the Canon Theatre in 2001. In 2008 the Canon Theatre and the Panasonic Theatre were sold to Mirvish Productions, and in 2011 the Canon Theatre was renamed the Ed Mirvish Theatre.

Canon Theatre

Ford Centre for the Performing Arts programs

File consists of 14 theatre programs published by the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts in the years 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2008. The centre opened in 1993 as the North York Performing Arts Centre. It is now known as the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Toronto Centre for the Arts

Hart House Theatre programs

File consists of 50 theatre programs published by the Hart House Theatre from the years 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1978. The theatre is located on the University of Toronto campus in the Hart House Student Centre. It opened in 1919 and was funded by the Massey Foundation.

Hart House Theatre

Miscellaneous Toronto programs

File consists of 90 theatre programs from the following Toronto venues: 3 Art Gallery of Ontario (1968, 1980), 1 Atlantis Theatre, 4 Bathurst Street Theatre (1988, 1994, 1997), 3 The Betty Oliphant Theatre (1995, 1996), 1 Black Theatre in Canada, 6 Central Library Theatre, 1 Civic Square Theatre, 1 Contrast Magazine (1962), 1 The Courthouse Theatre, 1 The Curtain Club (1981), 3 Dancap at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (2010, 2011), 1 David Dunlap Observatory of the University of Toronto (1960), 1 Distillery District (2003), 1 Eaton Auditorium, 1 Etobicoke Musical Productions (1984), 2 Fairview Library Theatre (2004), 2 Harbourfront (1987, 1988), 1 House of Hambourg Theatre (1960), 1 Hummingbird Centre (2000), 1 Janus Productions, 2 Leah Polsons Theatre (1987), 1 The Limelight Dinner Theatre, 1 Living Arts Centre (1998), 2 Maple Leaf Gardens (1959), 1 NDWT Theatre, 2 The New Yorker Theatre (1996, 2003), 1 Onstage (1981), 1 Ontario College of Art, 1 Ontario Place (1995), 1 Open Circle Theatre, 1 Pampero Productions, 1 Pantages Theatre (1991), 1 The Papermill Theatre at Todmorden Mills (2009), 1 Phantom of the Opera Company (1991), 1 Playhouse Theatre, 1 The Poor Alex Theatre (1964), 2 Queen's Quay Terminal (1984, 1985), 1 Runnymede Collegiate (1964), 1 Second City, 1 Skydome (1989), 1 Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (2007), 1 Soulpepper Theatre Company (2001), 1 Stables Theatre, 2 Theatre in the Dell, 1 Theatre passé Muraille, 1 Theatre Plus Toronto, 1 Theatre du p'tit Bonheur, 1 Todmorden Mills Theatre, 2 Toronto Arts Productions Theatre, 1 Toronto Irish Players, 1 Toronto Theatre Organ Society, 1 Toronto Workshop Productions, 2 University of Toronto Faculty of Music (1998), 1 Victoria College Dramatic Society (1962), 2 The Yorkminstrels and 1 Young People's Theatre (1991).

Phoenix Theatre programs

File consists of 4 theatre programs published by Phoenix Theatre in 1978. Phoenix Theatre was a small arts theatre located at 390 Dupont Street. It was founded in 1974. In 1981 when the company's lease ended they moved into a space in Adelaide Court, but had to close by 1983 due to substantial debt.

Princess of Wales Theatre programs

File consists of 16 theatre programs published by the Princess of Wales Theatre in the years 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. The theatre opened in 1993 and was the first privately owned and financed theatre built in Canada since the Royal Alexandra in 1907. It was built by Ed and David Mirvish as a facility for the staging of long-running, large-scale musicals.

Princess of Wales Theatre

Royal Alexandra Theatre programs

File consists of 42 theatre programs published by the Royal Alexandra Theatre in the years 1959-1963, 1968, 1979-1988, 1990-1998, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2012. It was built in 1907 and is now the sister theatre to the Princess of Wales Theatre, built in 1993. It is the oldest continuously operating legitimate theatre in North America, and has been owned by Ed Mirvish Enterproses since 1963. The theatre received letters patent from Edward VII entitling it to the royal designation and it is now believed to be the only remaining legally "royal theatre" in North America.

Royal Alexandra Theatre (Toronto, Ont.)

Ryerson Theatre programs

File consists of 19 theatre programs published by the Ryerson Theatre in the years 1980, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004.

Ryerson Theatre

St. Lawrence Theatre for the Arts programs

File consists of 14 theatre programs published by St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in the years 1975, 1976, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1999 and 2002. The centre opened in 1970 as a performing arts theatre complex for Toronto's official centennial project. It was operated by CentreStage Company from 1983 until 1987, at which point it became a rental house.

St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts

Tarragon Theatre programs

File consists of 3 theatre programs published by Tarragon Theatre in the years 1979, 1986 and 1987. Tarragon theatre is one of the main centers for contemporary playwriting in the country. It first opened in 1970, and moved into it's present building in 1987 at 30 Bridgman Avenue.

Tarragon Theatre

Toronto FreeTheatre programs

File consists of 5 theatre programs published by Toronto Free Theatre in the years 1973, 1979, 1982 and 1983. The company was founded in 1971, and later merged with CentreStage to form Canadian Stage Company in 1988.

Toronto Operetta Theatre programs

File consists of 54 theatre programs published by the Toronto Operetta Theatre in the years 1994 through 2000 and the year 2004. Operetta is a form of humorous music theatre, typically including spoken dialogue. The TOT is Canada's only professional operetta company and was launched in 1985.

Toronto Operetta Theatre

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

File consists of 54 theatre programs published by the Toronto Operetta Theatre in the years 1994 through 2000 and the year 2004. Operetta is a form of humorous music theatre, typically including spoken dialogue. The TOT is Canada's only professional operetta company and was launched in 1985.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Shaw Festival Theatre theatre programs

File consists of 39 theatre programs published by Shaw Festival Theatre in the years 1967, 1977, 1984-1989, and 1991-2012. The Festival produces the work of Bernard Shaw and plays from and about his era, as well as contemporary plays that share Shaw's vision. It started in 1962 and continues annually in the Niagara-on-the-Lake region.

Shaw Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.)

Golders Green Hippodrome theatre programs

File consists of theatre programs published by the Golders Green Hippodrome. Productions include: Cranks, The Diary of Anne Frank, Paris Not So Gay, Bell Book and Candle, Moscow State Variety Theatre.

Lyric Theatre (London, England)

Her Majesty's theatre programs

File consists of 6 theatre programs published by Her Majesty's Theatre. Productions include: The Teahouse of the August Moon, West Side Story, The Phantom of the Opera.

Lyric Theatre (London, England)

Lyric Theatre theatre programs

File consists of theatre programs published by Lyric Theatre in London. Publications include; Da, Filumena, Swansong, Weir, Emerald City, Robert and Elizabeth.

Lyric Theatre (London, England)

Miscellaneous London theatre programs

File consists of 60 theatre programs published by these London theatres and theatre companies: 1 The Arts Theatre Club (1958), 1 Central Hall (1956), 1 Collins Music Hall (1957), 1 Dominion Theatre (1958), 2 Duchess Theatre (1943), 2 Fortune Theatre (1961), 5 Golders Green Hippodrome (1945), 1 Harringay Arena (1956), 3 Her Majesty's Theatre (1954, 1958, 1988), 1 The London Palladium (1998), 3 London Theatre Guide (1971, 1973), 1 Ministry of Works, 5 The Old Vic Company (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959), 8 Palace Theatre/Princes Theatre (1957, 1959, 1984), 1 Prince of Wales Theatre (1982), 2 Royal Albert Hall (1958), 5 The Royal Festival Hall (1955, 1956, 1958), 3 Royal Opera House Covent Garden (1956, 1957, 1982), 5 Saville Theatre (1956, 1959), 1 Peacock Theatre was Stoll Theatre (1955, 1956), 2 St. Martin's Theatre (1971), 1 Theatre Royal, 1 Wembley Arena (1958), 2 Westminster Theatre (1957, 1973), and 1 Winter Garden Theatre (1958).

The National Theatre theatre programs

File consists of 7 theatre programs published by The National Theatre in London. Productions include; Jumpers. The School for Scandal, The Front Page, A Small Family Business, Three Sisters, Mrs. Warren's Profession, A Long Day's Journey Into Night, Tripple Bill, The Idiot, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, A Flea in Her Ear, The Captain of Kopenick, The Cherry Orchard, Amphitryon 38, A Woman Killed with Kindness, MacBeth.

The New Theatre programs

File consists of theatre programs published by the New Theatre in London. Productions include; Under Milk Wood. Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Anne of Green Gables, Oliver!, The Winslow Boy.

The Old Vic Company Theatre programs

File consists of theatre programs published for the Old Vic Theatre Company, London. Productions include, The Winter's Tale, King Henry V, Antony and Cleopatra, King Henry VIII, Mary Stuart.

Palace Theatre programs

File consists of theatre programs published for the Palace Theatre, London. Productions include, Classical Theatre of China, On Your Toes, The Entertainer, Le Misanthrope.

Theatre Royal Haymarket theatre programs

File consists of theatre programs published by Theatre Royal Haymarket. Productions include: The Chalk Garden, Hadrian VII, Waters of the Moon, Hobson's Choice, Crown Matrimonial, Flowreing Cherry, You Never Can Tell, The Merchant of Venice, The Importance of Being Earnest.

St. Martins theatre

File consists of 1 theatre programs published by playbill for the St. Martins theatre in London. Productions include: Sleuth!, The Killing of Sister George.

Wyndham's Theatre programs

File consists of theatre programs published by Whyndham's Theatre. Productions include: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Boy Friend, A Taste of Honey, Abelard and Heloise.

Saville theatre programs

File consists of theatre programspublished by playbill for the Saville theatre. Productions include: On the Level, The Wild Duck, Valmouth, The Way of the World, The Rivals.

Films and Kinescopes

This series contains films and kinescope copies of productions involving the director/producer Paddy Sampson.

Sampson, Paddy, 1926-2005

Montreal, La Comédie-Canadienne theatre

Photographs of the renovation of the former Radio-City cinema in Montreal. It was purchased by Gratien Gélinas for La Comédie-Canadienne in 1957 and renovated by André Blouin.

La Comédie-Canadienne was active from 1958-1969. The company produced Canadian and Québecois theatre, dance and music productions. The company closed down in 1973 and its theatre became the permanent home of the of Theatre du Noveau Monde (

Taillefer, Paul

Victoria, Centennial Square Project

Mayor Roderick Finlayson's first objective after his election to office in January of 1878 was to erect a city hall. Overriding the opinions of the townsfolk who considered the whole idea an unnecessary extravagance, $10,000 was allocated and a competition announced for plans. The winner was John Teague. City Hall was to contain a corn market, surveyors' quarters, apartments for the assessor, a jail, a police court, a council chamber, committee rooms, and a museum gallery. The final form was a rectangular block, now comprising the south wing of the present City Hall. A good example of the Second Empire style, it is built in red brick with a tin mansard roof. The 1881 addition consisted of a small wing on the south-west corner for the Fire Department. In 1891 City Council approved a bylaw for the borrowing of $35,000 for the completion of the northeast addition. The new wing added to the existing building constitutes the present City Hall as it is seen today. In 1891, the main entrance was moved to the base of the tower block at the center of the Douglas elevation. The facade is divided into three bays, the projecting center bay carries the thrust of the 140-foot-tall brick and stone tower block. The entrance is further accented by a balustrade over the indented porch. On May 6, 1891, C.E. Redfern was awarded the contract for the installation of the clock which had been manufactured by Messrs. Gillet & Johnson of Croydon, Surrey, England. Four 500-pound dials each 706 inches in diameter and the 2,170 pound bell had to be lifted into place. The clock requires winding once a week. Since 1891 there have been no major alternations, except those connected with the Centennial Square project in 1963. At this time the interior was completely renovated and an International Style addition was constructed at the west end. This was carried out by the architectural firms of Wade, Stockdill, Armour & Partners and R.W. Siddall & Associates, under the direction of Rod Clack, city architectural consultant and director of special planning projects.
Architect: John Teague
Additions: Wade, Stockdill, Armour, R.W. Sidall, R. Clack
The focal point is a fountain, its balustraded rim reminiscent of pieces from Oscar Niemeyer's Brazilia scheme (1958), and the mosaic concrete totems by local artist J.C.S. Wilkinson. The fountain was a centennial gift to the City from neighbouring municipalities.
This folder also contains photographs of the Civic Square in Victoria, B.C from June 1965.

Fulker, John

Amphitheatre, Pompeii

Lantern slide, glass B&W slide in wood frame. Image framed in black. Sticker on glass handwritten in black ink "11667 Amphitheatre a Pompei" in french. Written in pencil on the wood frame "Amphitheatre Pompei." Image of an amphitheatre - ruins, in Pompeii.

Roy Thomson Hall

Home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Starting date of the construction is 1978, opened in 1982. photographs of the model,different construction stages, completed building, interior and prespective view of Roy Thompson hall.

Spalding-Smith, Fiona

Stereographs, South America (Chile, Venezuela, Brazil & Argentina)

File consists of stereographs and stereographic sets depicting scenes, famous location,s and structures from South America, such as theaters, docks, and cities.

8 stereoscopic photographs by Keystone View Co.
1 stereoscopic photograph by Underwood & Underwood
1 stereoscopic photograph by H. C. White Co.
1 stereoscopic photograph by an unidentified publisher
1 set of 15 stereoscopic photographs by Whiting View Co.

Isabel Bader Theatre

File consists of 43 images of the Isabel Bader Theatre on the University of Toronto campus. Views include exterior shots of the theatre, stage and seating, entryway and stairwell, and entrance. Designed by Lett-Smith Architects.

Burley, Robert

Theatrical Space from the Stone Age to the Space Age

File contains 2 copies of the paper "Theatrical Space from the Stone Age to the Space Age" that was presented at the International Conference of Theatre and Television September 1 - 7 Hilversum, The Netherlands. The conference was sponsered by the International Federation for Theatre Research in co-operation with NOS Dutch Broadcasting Corporation. Included with the paper are a CD and slides of photographs referenced in the paper. The paper was later published in the conference proceedings.
Also in the file is correspondence, photographs, souvenir postcards, conference program, and other materials related to the Hilversum conference.

Miscellaneous, Northern Ireland theatre programs

File consists of 11 theatre programs published by the following theatres and theatre companies in Ireland: 2 Abbey Theater (1988, 1990), 1 The Arts Theatre (1990), 1 Belfast Theater Company (1997), 3 The Gate Theatre (1989, 1990, 2000), 2 Gaiety Theatre (1987, 2000), and 1 Grand Opera House (1987).

Miscellaneous New York theatres

File contains Playbill and Showcase programs for various New York City theatres, including: 46th Street Theatre, 68th Street Playhouse, Actor's Playhouse, Alvin Theatre, Belasco Theatre, Biltmore Theatre, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Cort Theatre, Douglas Fairbanks Theatre, Hudson Theatre, Forrest Theatre, Lamb's Theatre, Lincoln Centre, Lyceum Theatre, Mark Helinger Theatre, Morosco Theatre, The Music Box, Nederlander Theatre, New Apollo, Palsson's Supper Club, Royale Theatre, Stardust, Virginia Theatre, and Walter Kerr Theatre.

St. James Theatre programs

File contains Playbill programs for the St. James Theatre. Productions include: Hello Dolly!, Two Gentlemen of Verona, My One and Only, and High Society.

Plymouth Theatre programs

File contains Playbill programs for the Plymouth Theatre. Productions include: Jekyll & Hyde, The Real Thing, Irma La Douce, and Gideon.

Palace Theatre programs

File contains Playbill programs for the Palace Theatre. Productions include: the Will Rogers Follies, La Cage aux Folles, and Ceasar and Cleopatra.

Minskoff Theatre programs

File contains Playbill programs for the Minskoff Theatre. Productions include: Fiddler on the Roof, Block and Blue, The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Marquis Theatre programs

File contains Playbill programs for the Marquis Theatre. Plays include: La Cage aux Folles, Thoroughly Modern Milly, and Victor Victoria

Majestic Theatre programs

File contains Playbill programs for the Majestic Theatre. Plays include: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Fiddler on the Roof.

Miscellaneous New York City theatre programs

File consists of 11 theatre programs published by the following theatres in New York City: 2 The American Film Theatre (1974), 1 ANTA Washington Square Theatre (1964), 1 Artpark (1981), 1 Carnegie Hall (1965), 1 Irish Repertory Theatre (2005), 1 Provincetown Playhouse (1960), 2 Radio City Music Hall (1984, 1995), 1 68th Street Playhouse (1970), 1 Sullivan Street Playhouse (1960), and 2 Miscellaneous.

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