The Opera House (Toronto)

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.[1] 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.

The Opera House
Opera House Facade At Night.jpg
The Opera House in 2015.
Former namesLa Plaza Theatre
Cinema Ellas
Address735 Queen Street E
Toronto ON M4M 1H1
LocationToronto, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates43°39′32″N 79°20′56″W / 43.658949°N 79.348752°W / 43.658949; -79.348752Coordinates: 43°39′32″N 79°20′56″W / 43.658949°N 79.348752°W / 43.658949; -79.348752
TypeTheater/Music Venue
Capacity950 (680 Main Floor and 270 Balcony)


The building opened in 1909 as the La Plaza Theatre, an Edwardian 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.[2][3]

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 was renamed "The Opera House" and became a music venue.

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