The Opera House

735 Queen St E Toronto

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The Opera House

This historic venue, located east of downtown in the Riverdale neighborhood, first opened in 1909 as the La Plaza Theatre. Then an Edwardian vaudeville stage, it seated almost 700 people and was the main entertainment venue in the primarily working-class neighborhood. As films eclipsed vaudeville, it became a cinema and continued to use the La Plaza Name until the 1960s. As multiplexes made large single-screen venues obsolete, it became a performing arts venue and took on the "Opera House" name. Today, it seats 950. Nirvana, Eminem, and Metallica have been some of the most notable modern artists to perform here.

The Opera House plays host to a wide variety of live musical performances, events, and programs throughout the year. Tap the link below to see what will be happening during your visit, and to buy tickets to upcoming shows.

Opera House Shows & Events

If you are craving a bite to eat, be sure to check out the Opera House Grill & Patio during your visit. In the heart of Riverside, it is the only restaurant to offer Greek cuisine in the neighborhood. House specialties include souvlaki, gyros, Greek salad, and Greek fries. The Opera House Grill & Patio is also famous for its "Shaggy Burger," recognized by "Toronto Life" as one of the top 25 burgers in Toronto.

Cover Photo By Athena Towers - owner, CC BY-SA 4.0,

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The Opera House

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