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Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Theatre (189 Yonge St., Toronto) sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 27; Series 1-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Theatre (189 Yonge St., Toronto) sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-1
Material Format
architectural drawing
textual record
Date
1913-1959
Physical Description
57 drawings : pencil on tracing paper, blueprints and other reproductions ; 72 x 114 cm or smaller
1 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Built in 1913, Loew's Yonge Street Theatre and Winter Garden Theatre complex was the flagship of Marcus Loew's Canadian theatre chain. The theatres were designed by Thomas Lamb as a "double-decker" theatre, with the Winter Garden located seven-stories above the street-level Yonge Street Theatre. This was the only double-decker theatre built in Canada and one of less than a dozen built internationally. The design was considered economical in that it provided a greater amount of seating on a given piece of real estate while allowing the theatre operator to present the same daily show in two theatres. The shows included both vaudeville acts and silent movies.
In 1928, there was a major fire on the site and the Winter Garden Theatre was closed due to the decline in popularity of vaudeville. By 1930, the Yonge Street Theatre was solely a movie theatre, equipped for sound movies. Over the years it gradually fell into disrepair, but continued as a movie theatre until 1981. It was renamed the Elgin Theatre in 1978.
In 1981, the Elgin and Winter Garden were purchased by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, and in 1987 the foundation began a two and half year, $30 million restoration of the theatres. The theatres re-opened in Dec. 1989 exclusively for theatrical productions.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of seating plans, blueprints of structural details, and floor plans, sections and elevations for successive alterations (to the entrance, lobby, basement, etc.) of the theatre. The sub-series includes a copy of a city building permit dating from 1934 for renovations carried out by Loew's Theatres Engineering Division. Some of the blueprints date from the original construction of the theatre in 1913.
The sub-series is organized into 9 sub-sub-series, corresponding to project dates of 1913, 1919, 1934, 1939, 1949 (two projects), 1952, 1957 and 1959. The earliest materials, such as those from 1913 and 1919, were not created by Kaplan & Sprachman, but were no doubt used as reference materials for their work at the theatre.
Please note that the blueprints of structural details such as columns and roof reinforcing beams may apply to the theatre complex as a whole, including the Winter Garden Theatre.
Notes
Title is derived from the formal titles of the drawings.
Name Access
Lamb, Thomas
Elgin Theatre (Toronto)
Winter Garden Theatre (Toronto)
Subjects
Theaters
Physical Condition
Some drawings are torn & damaged.
Some are discoloured or damaged by deteriorating pressure-sensitive tape.
Places
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Proposed alterations to Loew's Winter Garden Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-3
Material Format
architectural drawing
Date
1946, 1968
Physical Description
5 drawings : blueline and blackline prints ; 60 x 101 cm
Admin History/Bio
The Winter Garden Theatre was built in 1913-1914 and opened on 16 Feb. 1914, the upper half of a double-decker theatre complex which included Loew's Yonge Street Theatre at street-level. The theatres were designed by Thomas Lamb and were the flagship of Loew's theatre chain in Canada.
The Winter Garden was an "atmospheric theatre", with a simulated sky and stars, columns painted to resemble tree trunks, garden scenes painted on the walls, and lanterns, blossoms and beech leaves hung from the ceiling. Performers would appear at both theatres, but the Winter Garden was considered more exclusive than Loew's Yonge Street Theatre, with fewer seats (approx. 1400), higher ticket prices and reserved seating.
With the decline in popularity of vaudeville during the 1920s, the Winter Garden was closed in 1928. It remained closed and unused until 1981, when it and the Elgin (as the Yonge Street Theatre had been renamed) were purchased and subsequently restored by the Ontario Heritage Foundation. The theatres re-opened in Dec. 1989.
While histories of the Winter Garden typically describe it as a "time capsule" which remained sealed and undisturbed from the time of its closing in 1928 until it was restored, the architectural drawings in this sub-series document two proposed renovations of the Winter Garden during those decades.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of drawings for 2 proposed renovations of the theatre, by Kaplan & Sprachman in 1944, and by Harold Kaplan in 1968.
Notes
Project reference codes 44-K-160 (Kaplan & Sprachman), and 68-6 (Harold S. Kaplan).
Name Access
Lamb, Thomas
Winter Garden Theatre (Toronto)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Uptown Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Toronto Theatre, Balmuto near Bloor sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-2-6
Material Format
architectural drawing
Other Title Information
[1919]
Responsibility
Thomas W. Lamb, architect
Date
photocopied in 1960
Physical Description
10 drawings : photocopies ; 46 x 67 cm and 41 x 41 cm
Scope and Content
Sub-sub-series consists of photoreproductions of Thomas Lamb's original plans and elevations for the Uptown Theatre, acquired by Kaplan & Sprachman in 1960.
Notes
Date of these reproductions is taken from a Kaplan & Sprachman stamp on the back of the drawings.
Name Access
Lamb, Thomas
Uptown Theatre (Toronto)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Uptown Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Air conditioning system sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
ID
Fonds 27; Series 1-2-7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Uptown Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Air conditioning system sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-2-7
Material Format
architectural drawing
Date
1960
Physical Description
11 drawings : blueprints and blackline prints ; 56 x 92 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Plans of air conditioning equipment and ducting.
Notes
Created by Kaplan & Sprachman and Famous Players Canada.
Name Access
Lamb, Thomas
Uptown Theatre (Toronto)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Uptown Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Renovations to entrance, mezzanine, auditorium and basement sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-2-8
Material Format
architectural drawing
graphic material
Date
1919-1962
Physical Description
25 drawings : pencil (some hand col. using pencil crayon), pencil on tracing paper, blueline prints and other reproductions ; 76 x 106 cm or smaller
3 photographs : b&w ; 44 x 55 cm and 41 x 52 cm
Scope and Content
Sub-sub-series consists of a wide range of floor plans, elevations and longitudinal sections, drawings of structural features and details of doorways, seating, balconies, etc. Also includes several hand-coloured drawings of the auditorium (of the stage area and longitudinal sections of the auditorium) with paint and fabric samples attached. The drawings of the stage are based on one of the photographs included in the sub-sub-series.
Approximately half of the drawings are by contractors responsible for installing doors and other features, or are drawings from the original construction of the theatre.
Notes
Project reference no. 62-K-22.
Name Access
Lamb, Thomas
Uptown Theatre (Toronto)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
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