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The CAA Theatre, formerly the Panasonic Theatre, is a live theatre owned and operated by Mirvish Productions in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. On December 1, 2017, Mirvish Productions announced a marketing partnership with CAA South Central Ontario, which included renaming the venue that was known as the Panasonic Theatre.[1]

CAA Theatre
Panasonic Theatre.JPG
Exterior view of the theatre in 2009
Former namesPanasonic Theatre
Address651 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
OwnerMirvish Productions
Capacity700
Construction
Opened1911
Rebuilt2005
Website
mirvish.com/theatres/caa-theatre

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Early yearsEdit

The original building was built in 1911 as a private residence, then converted to a movie theatre in 1919 and known as The Victory.[2][3] It was renamed The Embassy in 1934 and a host of other names over the next 60 years:

  • The Astor
  • The Showcase
  • The Festival

In the 1970s, the Festival Theatre was a key venue of the Toronto International Film Festival (then known as the Festival of Festivals).[3]

RebirthEdit

In 1993, the building was renovated for live theatre productions and renamed The New Yorker Theatre.[3]

Second rebirthEdit

In 2004 and 2005, most of the building was demolished, with only the facade preserved. The old building was replaced by a new state-of-the-art live theatre and concert venue, and it was known as The Panasonic Theatre. In 2005, the building was acquired by Live Nation and in 2008 by Mirvish Productions.

A list of theatrical productions at the Panasonic:

See alsoEdit

With the complete rebuilding of the Panasonic, Toronto is left with a handful of early 20th-century theatres (both movie and live):

A list of lost or rebuilt theatres:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New partnership between CAA and Mirvish Productions". www.newswire.ca. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  2. ^ Doug Taylor (2016). Toronto's Local Movie Theatres of Yesteryear: Brought Back to Thrill You Again. Dundurn Press. pp. 36–37. ISBN 9781459733428.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c The CAA Theatre

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