THE DANFORTH MUSIC HALL, RESCUED FROM OBLIVION, SHINES LIKE NEVER BEFORE

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Built as the ALLEN DANFORTH in 1919, this former cinema at 147 Danforth Avenue has undergone numerous name changes, renovations, and re-purposings.  Miraculously it’s still with us, and today seems to be in better shape than ever.

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After a long run as a cinema, the Danforth became a music, concert and theatre venue.  The live shows kept on coming, while the building itself was deteriorating almost beyond repair.  After better seating and a new sound system were installed, bailiffs seized the property for non-payment of rent.

On December 1, 2011, the Danforth Music Hall re-opened under the ownership of Impressario Inc.  With its rebuilt interior and improved infrastructure, the Danforth Music Hall has been given a new lease on life.
Website: http://www.thedanforth.com

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The Danforth is one of several concert theatres scattered across TORONTO.  Others include the Phoenix on Sherbourne Street; the Opera House on Queen Street East; and Lee’s Palace on Bloor Street West.

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