The Mirvish Theatre’s ambling story began a hundred years ago, when it opened as the Pantages, a combined vaudeville and motion picture venue. Over the years it has been many things including Toronto’s first multiplex theatre, the Imperial Six. It was restored to its former 1920’s glory in 1989 and later purchased by and named for Ed Mirvish, who was for years the champion and king of the Toronto theatre scene.
What to see at the Mirvish
From April 9 to May 5, the Mirvish Theatre is presenting Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, starring Toronto’s own Chilina Kennedy who returns after performing the show on Broadway for a remarkable four years. The show tells the story of songwriters Carole King and her husband Gerry Goffin and their best friends, songwriters Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. It’s filled with many of the incredible songs the four of them wrote, including “So Far Away,” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” “It’s Too Late,” “You’ve Got a Friend” and, naturally, the title song “Beautiful.”
Where to stay near the Mirvish
Pantages is steps from the Mirvish Theatre, and it’s a perfect place to stay when you’re in town for a show. The Pantages puts you at the centre of all the shopping and fun the 6ix has to offer, while providing a calm and comfortable home base.
Where to eat before the show
There are lots of restaurants to be found in every direction around the Bond. Here are three nearby favourites we’ve selected to make your night out a little special:
- Barberians, a Toronto tradition since 1959, has a pre-performance feast for you in a dining room adorned with works by Group of Seven artists A.Y. Jackson, Lawren Harris, Franz Johnston and A.J. Casson. The Chateaubriand for two is a date-night classic. 7 Elm Street
- The cuisine at Leña is essentially South American with Spanish and Italian touches. This convivial and stylish venue also does a wonderful brunch. 176 Yonge Street
- The family owned and operated Senator Restaurant has served generations of Torontonians and visitors, being in its 89th year of continuous operation. This upscale diner serves an eclectic selection of locally sourced foods. 249 Victoria Street
Come to Toronto for the Mirvish, but stay for the food, fun and fine hospitality!