ONCE TORONTO’S BALLET & OPERA HOUSE, THE SONY CENTRE IS CANADA’S LARGEST ‘SOFT SEAT’ THEATRE

SONYCENTRE2  <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.

SONYCENTRE3SONYCENTRE1Some 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

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