This is one of Toronto’s most famous theatres. Built in 1907, the 1,244-seat Royal Alex is the oldest continuously operating legitimate theatre in North America. I’ve never been inside, but I hear it’s beautiful. The current show, Come From Away, is a musical that tells the story of 9/11 from the perspective of a small place in Newfoundland called Gander, where 7,000 airplanes from around the world were redirected in the wake of 9/11 and the U.S. closure of airspace within its borders. I hear it’s terrific, but I can’t stand musicals (or any other live theatre, for that matter).
Anyway, I shot this yesterday in the middle of the afternoon. Hardly an cars to speak of, but not for the reason you’d think. The city shut down King St to vehicular traffic, to make public transportation faster for commuters. It’s the only downtown street in Toronto that didn’t change when this pandemic forced a city-wide lockdown. It was dead before this pandemic and when things go back to normal it’ll still be dead.