|Performing Arts Venue |||Performing Arts Center|
|Getting There |||Queen streetcar or Parliament bus|
|Cross Street |||Parliament|
|Monday to Friday 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm|
Profile Last Updated: July 30, 2009
Built as a Wesleyan Methodist church in 1871, the Berkley Church served as a house of worship until the 1950s, when it became a film studio. During the last decade, the designated heritage site has served as an event facility with a historical atmosphere. The stained glass windows help to provide a majestic atmosphere for product launches, corporate presentations, style-conscious parties, and musical showcases ranging from Coldplay to Canadian Idol winners.
The different areas inside the Berkeley Church make it suitable for a wide variety of events. The main floor Yorktown Room features century hardwood floors and a licensed antique bar, a 500-foot stage and two vintage fireplaces beneath 35-foot ceilings, stained glass windows and an arched wall. The building’s studio level retains a professional film and photography studio, while incorporating the Circa art gallery and lounge, and a wine cellar. A full prep kitchen and coat check are available, along with a passage into the 2,000 square foot garden. The mezzanine level, overlooking the Yorktown Room, is ideal for sit-down or cocktail receptions, or picturesque wedding ceremonies surrounded by stained glass.
Located just east of Yonge Street, the Berkeley Church can be conveniently reached by all methods of transportation, and is walking distance from numerous downtown hotels. The renovated setting provides all the grandiose aspects of a legendary church without being tied to any religious denomination. The main room seats up to 420 people, or as many as 800 for a cocktail reception, while the gallery can accommodate a crowd of 500. Those attending an event at the Berkeley can’t help but feel like they’re participating in Toronto’s living history.