The Royal Alexandra theatre in Toronto will be shut down mid-May to undergo a $2.5 million renovation.
This will be the first facelift the King Street theatre has had in 50 years.
The renovations will begin with a seat change.
Mirvish Productions plans to get rid of 253 seats in order to give theatre goers more leg and elbow room.
That will reduce capacity to 1,244.
The old seats will be sold off for $250 to $550 to subscribers and then possibly to the public.
The renovations will take 6 months to complete. Below are some of the changes noted in a news release:
- The capacity of the auditorium, which is currently 1,497 seats, will be reduced to 1,244 seats. This will allow for extra legroom – up to 9 inches more – throughout the seating areas, bringing the auditorium in line with the increased height of our modern population.
- The auditorium has three seating levels: orchestra, dress circle and balcony. The orchestra will lose 75 seats, the dress circle 70 seats, and the balcony 108 seats.
- Brand new seats will be installed. These will look identical to the original 1907 seats – with their distinctive RA insignia brass seat-end plates (called end standards, in the trade) and wire hat-racks under the seats – but will be made with the latest technology and cushioning to provide excellent comfort and support. The seats will be upholstered in a fabric that recreates the original’s striped mohair design.
- The new seats will be much wider than the original ones, with many 23 inches wide (compared to 19 inches of the old ones).
- The rake of the orchestra level, which has been altered over the years, will be restored to its original angle.