Meridian Hall is a major performing arts venue in the St. Lawrence market neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It’s the country’s largest soft-seat theatre.
Located at 1 Front Street East, the venue opened as the O’Keefe Centre on October 1, 1960. From 1996 to 2007, the building was known as the Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts. From 2007 to 2019, it was called the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts before being renamed Meridian Hall on September 15, 2019.
In 2008 the City of Toronto designated the theatre a heritage building. That year it also underwent renovations to restore iconic features like the marquee canopy and York Wilson’s lobby mural, The Seven Lively Arts. Restoration of the wood, brass, and marble that were hallmarks of the original facility was also undertaken, along with upgrades to audience seating and flooring. New washrooms and reconfigured lobby spaces were other improvements during this time.
Following two years of renovations and restoration work, the building reopened its doors on October 1, 2010, 50 years to the date of the first opening-night performance. Today it is one of three landmark City theartres programmed and operated by TO Live.
1 Front Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1A1, Canada