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TSE Venues Guide 2018

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24 LISTINGS QUICK LINKS BANQUET VENUES COMMUNITY + CULTURAL ARTS VENUES CONFERENCE + CONVENTION CENTRES HISTORIC VENUES LECTURE HALLS + EDUCATION FACILITIES MEETING SPACE + OFFICE FACILITIES MUSEUMS + GALLERIES NIGHTCLUBS, LOFTS + PRIVATE CLUBS PRIVATE EVENT SPACE RESTAURANTS + PRIVATE DINING SPORTS + ACTIVITY VENUES THEATRES + CONCERT HALLS INDEX ATTRACTIONS LISTINGS QUICK LINKS Old is New << << We love a good reinvention story, especially when it comes to revitalizing and repurposing beautiful old buildings and historical landmarks. Here's a short list of unique event venues that have a storied past to tell: Crown Jewel The Place: The Crystal Ballroom at the Omni King Edward Hotel Then: Built in 1922 as part of the hotel's expansion, the 17th-floor ballroom was "the" place for grand affairs. Now: Closed in 1979, the space reopened in spring 2017 following a $6.5-million renovation. Specifics: Revitalizing the room's luxe glamour included refurbishing many of the original finishings. Like the ornate wooden mouldings crowning the floor-to-ceiling windows that frame a view to the lake and the city. Updated wall sconces and spectacular gold and crystal chandeliers fill the room. Underfoot, a lovely blue carpet reminiscent of its 1920s design predecessor. Beautiful new mosaic tiles and installation of a permanent bar refresh the pre-function space. A full on-site catering kitchen has also been added. Capacity is 300 including 60 on the orchestra balcony. FYI: Costs of the ballroom reno exceeded the $6-milion it took to originally build The King Eddy in 1903. Watch the transformation happen. Screen History The Place: The Cinesphere at Ontario Place Then: Opened in 1971, it was the world's first permanent IMAX theatre. Now: Closed in 2012, Cinesphere was designated a structure of cultural heritage value in 2014. A recent update of the colossal golf ball by the lake sees it back in action with public showings and private events as part of the provincially funded Ontario Place revitalization project. Specifics: Inside the geodesic dome, the latest IMAX screen now presides over the 91-ft.-high interior. It upgrades screening capabilities to IMAX 70 mm (9x the resolution than 35 mm film) and IMAX-with-laser, the next-generation technology. A sound system overhaul delivers new state-of-the-art immersive audio. The iconic theatre seats 614, 527 of which double as 3D-screening chairs. Improvements have also been made to the lobby, lighting and acoustics. The lobby, which sits at the end of Cinesphere's shoreline-to-venue glass-enclosed walkway, can host cocktail receptions. Capacity: 150. An event-rental package will be released soon. FYI: Keep an eye on Ontario Place's ongoing revitalization – focus is now on transforming the attraction's historic Pavilion Pods into multi-purpose event spaces.

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