Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre
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Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre information
This restored masterpiece is the world's last operating Edwardian double-decker theater. Celebrating its centennial in 2013, the Winter Garden was built as the flagship for a vaudeville chain that never really took off, while the downstairs Elgin was converted into a movie house in the 1920s. Fascinating tours run Thursdays at 5pm and Saturdays at 11am; look for shorter $5 lunchtime tours Wednesdays to Fridays in July and August.
Saved from demolition in 1981, the theaters received a $29-million face-lift: bread dough was used to uncover original rose-garden frescoes, the Belgian company that made the original carpet was contacted for fresh rugs, and the floral Winter Garden ceiling was replaced, leaf by painstaking leaf.