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In Pictures: The century-old Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the double-decker theatre - today, the last of its kind in the world. The Chandelier Gala Oct. 7 marks the occasion

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Brett Randall, General Manager opens the door to the Elgin and Winter Garden theatres in Toronto. The Chandelier Gala, on Monday Oct. 7, celebrates the theatres' 100th anniversary.

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The entranceway leading to the Elgin and Winter Garden theatres in Toronto. The Elgin theatre features guild plaster details, imitation marble finishes providing a grand entrance. As well the stain glass is original to the building.

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The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres, a double decker theatre was designed by prominent New York Architect Thomas W. Lamb, and was built over an eight month period. It was the Canadian flagship for Marcus Loew's chain of Vaudeville theatres. The Elgin theatre opened December 15, 1913 and the Winter Garden Theatre was opened two months later on Feb, 16, 1914.

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The Winter Garden Theatre, double decker theatre that sits 7 storeys above the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. The Winter Garden, a whimsical space filled with a garden like atmosphere. It has lanterns, real ash leaves and some artificial leaves hanging from it's ceiling. The theatre was sealed off for 60 years when the Elgin theatre was used as a moving pictures theatre.

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One of the original electrical panel used backstage at Winter Garden Theatre, double decker theatre in Toronto.

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Brett Randall, General Manager, opens one of the original hand operated elevators that are still in use at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre.

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The Elgin Theatre in Toronto. The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres, a double decker theatre was designed by prominent New York Architect Thomas W. Lamb, and was built over an eight month period and was the Canadian flagship for Marcus Loew's chain of Vaudeville theatres. The Elgin theatre opened December 15, 1913 and the Winter Garden Theatre was opened two months later on Feb, 16, 1914.

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A pathway with a low ceiling leading from the backstage of the Elgin Theatre to the main seating area with signs warning of a low ceiling.

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A silent movie projector that was used at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre, double decker theatre in Toronto.

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The entranceway leading to the Elgin and Winter Garden theatres. The Elgin theatre features guild plaster details, imitation marble finishes that provide a grand entrance.

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Brett Randall, General Manager of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre, tests one of the original phones at the double decker theatre.

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Old stage sets found in the Winter Garden theatre on display in the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres. The sets were found when the Winter Garden Theatre was reopened after being closed for 60 years.

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A replica dressing room with a makeup kit, various supplies, clothes from the early 1900’s. It’s one of 23 dressing rooms that were used by the acting crew at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre, double decker theatre.

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A replica dressing room with a makeup kit, various supplies, clothes from the early 1900’s. It’s one of 23 dressing rooms that were used by the acting crew at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre, double decker theatre.

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The Winter Garden Theatre, double decker theatre that sits 7 storeys above the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. The Winter Garden, a whimsical space filled with a garden like atmosphere. It has lanterns, real ash leaves and some artificial leaves hanging from it's ceiling. The theatre was sealed off for 60 years when the Elgin theatre was used as a moving pictures theatre.

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The original coat hooks in Winter Garden Theatre, double decker theatre that sits 7 storeys above the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. The Winter Garden, a whimsical space filled with a garden like atmosphere. It has lanterns, real ash leaves and some artificial leaves hanging from it's ceiling. The theatre was sealed off for 60 years when the Elgin theatre was used as a moving pictures theatre.

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The original women's washroom, which is not open to the public now, in the Winter Garden Theatre. It sits 7 storeys above the Elgin Theatre in Toronto.

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The rope pully area backstage that is called the hemphouse at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre.

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The Winter Garden Theatre, double decker theatre that sits 7 storeys above the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. The Winter Garden, a whimsical space filled with a garden like atmosphere. It has lanterns, real ash leaves and some artificial leaves hanging from it's ceiling. The theatre was sealed off for 60 years when the Elgin theatre was used as a moving pictures theatre.

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