The Panasonic Theatre is a new, state-of-the-art theatre located just south of the intersection of Yonge and Bloor, Toronto's top shopping district.
About Panasonic Theatre
The site of the Panasonic Theatre has a long history in Toronto entertainment. Originally a private residence, built in 1911, it became a theatre - a cinema, called "The Victory" - in 1919. It changed its name in 1934 to "The Embassy" and, in the years since, has been known as "The Astor", "The Showcase" and "The Festival" (as which it was the premier venue of the Toronto International Film Festival in the 1970s). The Festival became a legitimate theatre in 1993 when it was renovated, renamed "The New Yorker Theatre" and re-opened with the off-Broadway production of Forever Plaid. In 2004/2005, the original building was demolished (only its facade preserved) and rebuilt, from the ground up, as a new, state-of-the-art live theatre and concert venue. It re-opened as "The Panasonic Theatre" in June, 2005, under the ownership of Live Nation. In January, 2008, the theatre was purchased - along with the nearby Canon Theatre and other Live Nation properties - by the company Key Brand Entertainment. Mirvish Productions announced on August 26, 2008, that it had completed the purchase of both the Panasonic and the Canon Theatre from Key Brand.
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