Historic Venues for Weddings in Toronto

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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.

Grand Advantages

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!