TORONTO, Sept. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Elgin Theatre's lobby is being named in honour of Bryan Davies and Andra Takacs - both longtime and passionate supporters of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre. The plaque commemorating The Davies Takacs Lobby will be unveiled privately.
"I was a deputy minister in the Ministry of Citizenship and Culture when the Elgin was being refurbished back in the 1980s," said Mr. Davies. "I was honoured to be a part of the restoration of these historical buildings."
Said Takacs: "The double-decker structure of Elgin and Winter Garden theatres make them unique in Canadian architecture. I've been going to performances at both of the theatres for over thirty years and think they are the most beautiful theatres in the city."
Five years ago, they celebrated both their birthdays by renting the Winter Garden Theatre and having a dinner party on the stage.
"Clearly, we have a very warm attachment," said Takacs.
Beth Hanna, Executive Director of the Ontario Heritage Trust, said: "Bryan and Andra are devoted Trust donors and have been very generous over the years. They are great champions of the work of the Trust and we appreciate this significant gift to the Theatre Centre."
Takacs is a member of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre's 100th Anniversary Honorary Committee chaired by Christopher Plummer and will be attending the Chandelier Gala on Monday, October 7. The Gala includes an evening of entertainment in the Elgin Theatre that celebrates a century of entertainment - from vaudeville to musicals. Tickets are available at http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/10004AFECE20D1AB or call 416-314-2871.
Constructed in 1913 by American theatre impresario Marcus Loew, the Elgin and Winter Garden theatres acted as the Canadian flagship for his chain of vaudeville theatres. It was the only double-decker theatre built in Canada and is today the last of its kind in the world.
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