Randolph Centre for the Arts
The Gothic revival building is a landmark, not only in the history of Toronto but also the heritage of theatre in Canada. Its reputation as a roadhouse for original Canadian productions is a testament to a legacy of innovation and opportunity that continues to this day.
About Randolph Centre for the Arts
Beautiful and functional, the building was profiled in 2009 by the Ontario Heritage Trust as a prime example of adaptive reuse of places of worship. 736 Bathurst boasts the historic Randolph Theatre (formerly the Bathurst Street Theatre), the intimate Annex Theatre, and several Studios, all of which are available for rental. In addition, since March 2001, the building has been home to the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, Canada's first Triple Threat® training institution for professional performers. The current building was erected in 1888 by the congregation of the Bathurst Street Wesleyan Methodist Church. The cornerstone was laid by Sir John A. Macdonald, first Prime Minister of Canada. Over the years it inspired many church congregations, eventually becoming the Bathurst Street United Church. In the 1950s, facing a dwindling congregation, the building began to be rented out for concerts and plays. The building became better known as a theatre than a church. In 1985, the building became a permanent and well known theatre.
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Transportation & Parking
There are a variety of underground and surface lots as well as street parking in the general vicinity of the Randolph Theatre. Be advised that the Randolph Theatre is not directly affiliated with any of these parking lots. We advise that you provide yourself with ample time in case of difficulty finding parking.