With Toronto being the third largest home of live theatre in the world, behind London and New York City, it’s no wonder King Blue playing host to the Theatre Museum of Canada is such an exciting honour.
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For those of you who aren’t familiar with the King Blue development at 335 King Street West, it will be a mixed-use residential and commercial space, developed by Easton’s Group and Remington. The residential portion (two towers of 48 and 33 storeys designed by Page&Steele/IBI Group Architects) will sit atop the retail and institutional podium at the bottom. The podium will also serve as the future home of the Theatre Museum Canada. Currently, the museum has no permanent home, and only shows exhibits in temporary locations or online.
The Theatre Museum of Canada will be located in the Mercer Street podium lobby off the central courtyard, occupying approximately 9,000 sq. ft. of space. It will feature extensive exhibit space on the second floor. This above ground exhibit will be visible from the street, with contrasting framing and floor-to-ceiling windows. It will also pay homage to the historical Westinghouse building façade- which will be incorporated into King Blue’s lobby.
The museum at King Blue will add to an existing and impressive Entertainment District neighbourhood that is filled with performing arts centres, theatres, and performing arts history museums. “King Blue fits like a glove into King Street West,” says Steve Gupta, President and CEO of Easton’s Group. “Its retail component, the Theatre Museum of Canada, and the overall feel will be quite eclectic, a perfect reflection of the unmistakable ‘style’ that is King Street West.”