Unique Toronto Banquet Halls
If you’re looking for a unique and beautiful
spot for your wedding, you’ll be amazed by the choices that Toronto has to
offer. You may wish to consider an historic site, since these venues, rich in
tradition and often featuring glamourous back stories, provide both
architectural beauty and a feeling of connection to Toronto’s rich history. A
lovely historic venue may strike just the right note for your special day. One
major advantage to having an historic site wedding is that there will be no
need for elaborate decorations – these unique venues have a character of their
One extraordinary venue to consider is the
former Eglinton Theatre (now the Eglinton Grand
,) at Eglinton West and Avenue Road. If you want to lend your
wedding day a touch of 1930s Hollywood glamour, this is the space for you.
The Eglinton Theatre opened in 1936, and was
instantly hailed as the "Show Place of Toronto”. The first audiences gasped as
they entered the lobby, which featured high ceilings, glittering chandeliers,
an Art Deco fireplace, glass etchings, and original murals. The 800-seat
theatre itself was adorned with gold statues of goddesses, rich fabrics, and
plush seating. Even the bathrooms were luxurious, with gilt mirrors in
comfortable anterooms and ornamented faucets on the sinks. And one of the
largest marquees in the country graced the façade.
Over the decades, the Eglinton Theatre played
an important role in bringing film to the city. The theatre set world records
for attendance, including a 144-week run for The Sound of Music! The Eglinton Theatre was declared a national
heritage site in 1993.
Unfortunately, the dawn of the multiplex
cinema meant stiff competition for heritage theatres like the Eglinton, and in
2002, the theatre was forced to close its doors. Luckily, Dynamic Hospitality
and Entertainment purchased the building, restoring it to its former grandeur,
and reopening it as an events venue.
Although the Eglinton Grand retains all of
the elegance and glamour of 1930s Art Deco style, it combines its retro
appearance with full-service venue facilities and state-of-the-art audio-visual
equipment. One of the highlights of the Grand is its extensive and impressive
menu. You may choose from hundreds of menu items, and both buffet and sit-down
dinner service is available. The Eglinton Grand maintains an in-house kosher
kitchen as well.
The Eglinton Grand is an exclusive venue which includes a two-tiered
mezzanine which overlooks a large ball room, and also includes an intimate
ceremony space. You may want to book both or one
for your event. Ask about wedding packages that may be available at this unique
Toronto banquet hall.