<Opening Night, 1960, City of Toronto Archives>
The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, once the O’Keefe, later the Hummingbird Centre, opened on a cold Saturday night in October, 1960. Onstage – the Broadway-bound musical “Camelot”, starring Julie Andrews, Richard Burton and Robert Goulet.
Some features: 3100 custom designed seats; a year-round Sony Store; affordable restaurant and bar; the largest mural in Canada – R. York Wilson’s “The Seven Lively Arts” (painting, sculpture, architecture, music, literature, dance and drama); a gold painted ceiling and 1700 cherrywood panels in the auditorium; a huge stage and orchestra pit; 189 freshly polished solid brass doors; and 2000 lights in its spectacular marquee.
Subway stop – KING or UNION