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Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto

Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto

The Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, commonly known as the Royal Alex, is the oldest continuously operating legitimate theatre in North America, established in 1907.

Built in the style typical of 19th century British theatres, this 1,244-seat, beaux-arts style, proscenium-stage venue has two balcony levels. Its construction began in 1905 and was completed in 1907. Since 1963, the theatre has been owned by Ed Mirvish Enterprises, a company established by Toronto department store owner Edwin Mirvish. Since 1986, it has been managed and operated by Mirvish Productions, the theatre production company headed by Ed's son, David Mirvish. The "Royal Alex", otherwise referred to as simply "the Alex" or "the R.A.T.", is named for Queen Alexandra, a Danish princess and wife of King Edward VII, the great-grandmother to the current Queen of Canada, Elizabeth II. The theatre received letters patent from Edward VII entitling it to the royal designation. Its present owners believe that it is the only remaining legally "royal theatre" in North America.

In the words of David Mirvish, the $2.5-million renovation of the theatre commenced in 2016 was intended to "once more restore and give life to that sparkle and give a level of comfort that will preserve the theatre as our flagship of the 21st century". The most significant change was the refurbishment of its seating areas to improve audience comfort, with the replacement of its original seats with modern versions that are larger and arranged to increase legroom. The new seating layout necessitated a reduction in capacity from 1,497 to 1,244; David contrasted it to the trend of theatres increasing their capacity to "maximize" revenue, arguing that the improved amenities would build improve customer loyalty and encourage repeat visits.
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Sight Name: Royal Alexandra Theatre
Sight Location: Toronto, Canada
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Toronto Islands Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Toronto Shopping Tour

Toronto Shopping Tour

There are many ways to enjoy shopping in Toronto. You can either walk along the oldest streets of the city, like Yonge street and visit the huge fancy shopping centers, or you can experience the atmosphere of the historic market of St. Lawrence. This tour has it all: from small unusual stores to big "all-mighty" malls. So don't hesitate to enjoy an authentic shopping experience by...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Top Religious Sites

Top Religious Sites

Because it is an ethnically diverse city, Toronto has different types of churches beginning with imposing Revival style Cathedrals to small postmodernist churches. This tour however aims to introduce you to some of the most famous religious structures in the city. While in Toronto be sure to check the ones listed below.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Toronto's Waterfront Walk

Toronto's Waterfront Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Cabbagetown Walking Tour

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Once a small community of Irish immigrants and one of the poorest neighborhoods in Toronto, Cabbagetown is also one of the city's oldest districts, established in 1840, east of downtown. In 2004, it was declared a historic district and presently claims to be "the largest continuous area of preserved Victorian housing in North America". Attesting to this claim is Amelia Street...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Toronto Introduction Walk I

Toronto Introduction Walk I

Toronto, the capital of the province of Ontario, is a major Canadian metropolis on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario renowned for its dynamic pace and a high-rising skyline comprising ultra-modern skyscrapers and historic architecture.

People have inhabited the area of present-day Toronto for thousands of years, among them the Iroquois tribe, preceded by the Wyandot (Huron) people who had...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles

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