Meridian Hall opened in 1960 (as the O’Keefe Centre) with the world premiere of the Lerner and Loewe musical Camelot. It was renamed the Hummingbird Centre in 1996, and then became the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in 2007. It underwent extensive restoration and renovations beginning that year and reopened in 2010 fifty years to the date of the original opening night performance. The theatre (renamed Meridian Hall in September of 2019) is the largest soft-seat auditorium in Canada, seating 3191 on three levels: orchestra, mezzanine and balcony.
- Wheelchair seating is available on the orchestra level only, in both the front and rear of the theatre.
“Row C, Seat 28. Amadeus Live. I had an excellent view of the movie screen from this seat, and was close enough to also have a good view of the orchestra.”
- Elevator and escalator access is available to the mezzanine level, but climbing of some stairs is required to access seating.
“Row CC, Seat 65. Canada All Star Ballet Gala. I had an excellent overall view of the ballet from here, although because it is such a large theatre the mezzanine is farther back than in smaller theatres, which means you won’t be seeing facial expressions from here. This level is well raked (sloped) so there was no problem seeing over the people ahead of me.”
- Elevator access is available to the balcony level, but climbing of some stairs is required to access seating.