The most historic of the Mirvish theaters, the "Royal Alex" has been the place to be seen in Toronto since 1907 and is the oldest continuously operating legitimate theater in North America. The 1,500 plush red seats, gold plasterwork, and baroque swirls and flourishes make theatergoing a refined experience. Charleston Heston made his debut here and Lawrence Olivier, Edith Piaf, Mary Pickford, Alan Bates and John Gielgud have also graced the stage. Programs are a mix of blockbuster musicals and dramatic productions, some touring before or after Broadway appearances. Second-balcony seats are firmer than those in the first balcony.