Historic Wedding Venues in Toronto
Do you want a unique setting for your
wedding? Many of today’s brides and grooms are choosing historic venues in the
city for their special day. Some of the jewels in Toronto include settings such
as the Atlantis, The Guild Inn, or the elegant Eglinton Grand.
A Glorious Past
Of these, the Eglinton Grand is one of the
most unusual and versatile. The building was constructed during the 1930s, at
400 Eglinton Avenue West, near Avenue Road. When it opened as a movie theatre
in 1936, it was hailed as the "Show Place of Toronto”, and the following year
the building won the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada’s Bronze Medal. The
iconic Art Deco marquee marked the building immediately as a remarkable
presence, and the interiors elicited gasps of admiration from opening night
crowds. The venue’s high ceilings, sparkling chandeliers, and exquisite design
were unparalleled. Original murals, hand-etched glass panels, and an Art Deco
fireplace graced the lobby. Plush seating, golden statuary, and richly textured
fabrics were featured in the theatre, and even the washrooms were luxurious,
with spacious anterooms, gilded mirrors, and exquisite fixtures.
During its years as the flagship theatre for
Famous Players, the Eglinton Theatre hosted many of the century’s most beloved
films, such as The Jolson Story, Come
Back Little Sheba, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars, and Titanic. The Sound of Music outdid the entire globe by running at the
Eglinton Theatre for a continuous 150 weeks!
The theatre had a philosophy of programming for the neighbourhood as well
as bringing unusual films to the city as a whole, and it set several world
records for the screening of individual films. It was declared a historic
landmark in 1993.
However, as the decades passed, multiplex
cinemas began providing stiff competition to stand-alone movie houses, and in
2002, the Eglinton Theatre closed its doors. Fortunately, the following year
Dynamic Hospitality and Entertainment began to restore the venue to its former
grandeur and reimagine it as an events facility.
Today, the Eglinton Grand boasts period
furniture, beautiful colours and fabrics, and mahogany, ebony, and marble
accents. The venue retains the ambience of glamourous 1930s Hollywood, and is
the perfect place for an elegant wedding. Rent the impressive grand ballroom,
or the more intimate gallery space.
A notable feature of the Eglinton Grand is
its extensive and impressive menu. The chefs and catering staff are renowned
for the range of cuisine they can provide, and for being able to accommodate
various dietary requirements. The facility has a full in-house kosher kitchen.
Various types of meals are available, from light buffet luncheons to
multi-course sit-down dinners for five hundred. Inquire about wedding packages,
or order from à la carte menus.
As a full-service venue, the Eglinton Grand
provides catering staff, bartenders, technical support, and more. State-of-the-art
audio-visual equipment ensures that speeches, presentations, and slideshows are
easily seen and heard by guests. Hire a DJ or band of your own, or book The
Digs, the Grand’s own house six-piece house band.
Visit the Eglinton Grand venue today, and
experience the glamour and elegance of this historic Toronto landmark!