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Celebrating Christmas with Toronto’s Historic Theatres and Cinemas

Historic Theatres and Cinemas By Toronto Illustrator David Crighton

Toronto is home to many historic theatres and cinemas, and I think these gorgeous buildings add character of their own to whatever show happens to be playing.

For the theatre buff, movie fan, or avid concert goer on your Christmas list, check out my Historic Theatres and Cinemas collection. 

My prints are fully customizable.  Why not personalize one of the theatres by adding your favourite show or performer to the marquee?  You can even put the recipient’s name in lights.  Also, for those theatres and cinemas that have been renamed over time, you can also talk to me about customizing your print with the original name.

 If I haven’t already created the art for a particular show, there will be an additional cost, but it never hurts to ask about something you don’t see on the website.

As always, there are some discounts you may be able to take advantage of. 

This week in the David Crighton Art e-store, the Historic Theatres and Cinemas collection is the theme special.  This means that you get 25% off the featured collection.

If there is something in one of my other collections that catches your eye instead, sign up for my newsletter and get a 15% New Purchaser discount on any product from the e-store.  Newsletter subscribers also get advance notice about what the weekly theme specials will be.


Christmas: Coming soon to an historic theatre or cinema near you

During the Christmas season, many venues will be showing Christmas-themed shows, concerts, and movies.  I’ll share a few of them here, but be sure to check out the websites to get a full calendar of upcoming events.

 Massey Hall


Massey Hall was donated to the City of Toronto in 1894 by the Massey family.  It has hosted over a century of performances and presentations.


This Christmas season, Massey Hall plays host to Roch Voisine, one of Canada’s top-selling artists of all time, as he presents a Christmas special with a guest appearance by Amy Sky.


Also at Massey Hall this Christmas, the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir is presenting Sing-Along Messiah.  Participation from 2700 audience members combined with guest soloists and directed by an enthusiastic “Herr Handel”, this sounds like a very unique concert experience and a very family friendly event.  For details about what to expect at this show, visit 

The Fox Theatre is a landmark Theatre in Toronto created by Illustrator David Crighton

 Arthur Brooks Webster really wanted to open a theatre near The Beaches.  The nearby residents already had two theatres in the area, and weren’t convinced they needed a third.  Webster went door to door with the help of friends in order to gain support for his theatre.

The “Theatre Without A Name” opened in April 1914.  For a little while the theatre was known as The Pastime, but was renamed the Prince Edward in honour of the Prince of Wales.

In 1937 the theatre was renamed The Fox, and although it has changed ownership many times since then, it has remained open.  At 100 years old, it is Canada’s longest running cinema and a landmark within the Beach community.

This holiday season, the Fox is running the old-timey classic White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, as well as a more modern favourite, Will Ferrell’s Elf.

The Princess of Wales

Lord of the Rings at the Princess of Wales Theatre

The Princess of Wales is a newer venue, built in the early 1990’s, but it has become one of Toronto’s most popular venues.  Historically speaking, it is significant as the first privately owned theatre built in Canada since 1907, and the first in North America in the over 30 years. 

This holiday season, the Princess of Wales hosts Donny and Marie Christmas in Toronto from December 9 to 21, 2014.  Come and celebrate Christmas with what is sure to be a spectacular production.

Also at the Princess of Wales, Blades on Stage runs from December 24 to January 4.  The show features Elvis Stojko, Shae-Lynn Bourne, Violetta Afanasieva, Pete Dack and other well-loved stars who will be performing many hits from musical theatre as well as some holiday favourites.


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