The Ed Mirvish Theatre opened in 1920 as a combination vaudeville and motion picture house and subsequently operated for over 50 years in various configurations as a cinema complex only. During the late 1980s the movie complex was gutted and rebuilt as a live performance theatre, with the lobby areas painstakingly restored to the original 1920s design. It reopened in 1989 as the Pantages Theatre with a production of The Phantom of the Opera, which went on to play there for ten years. The theatre was renamed in honour of Ed Mirvish by his son David in 2011. It seats 2200 on two levels.
The main entrance and box office for the Ed Mirvish Theatre are on Victoria Street, although there is also an entrance on Yonge Sreet. Patrons with limited mobility should use the Victoria Street entrance, where there is an elevator to the orchestra level. There is no elevator to the mezzanine level. Although quite lovely, the Yonge Street entrance requires the climbing of stairs, which puts you on the mezzanine level as you enter the theatre. If you’re sitting in the orchestra level, you then have to go back down stairs to get to your seats.