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Aga Khan Museum
77 Wynford Drive, in North York
New Islamic culture museum with occasional film programming.
Al Green Theatre
In the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, on the southwest corner of Bloor and Spadina.
Home to the Toronto Jewish Film Society's monthly Sunday screenings and one of the venues comprising the yearly spring Toronto Jewish Film Festival. Over the summer of of 2005, Capri Films programmed first run releases and some specialty series but backed off on continuing.
 
Upcoming :
Oct 15    The Human Resources Manager (2010, Israel/Germany/Romania, D: Eran Riklis)   TJFS
Oct 21-22    Planet In Focus
Alliance Atlantis Cinemas
Beach, 1651 Queen E, just past Coxwell, in the Beaches
Once a promising cross-Canada chain of arthouse theatres, now reduced to a single mini-multiplexes in Toronto's east end. The Beach cinema sports stadium seating and runs almost exclusively commercial fare, with an emphasis on family films that appeal to the denizens of its residential neighbourhood.
Art Gallery Of Ontario
At Dundas and McCaul
Toronto's premier art gallery occasionally screens related films in its Jackman Hall (former home to Cinematheque Ontario).
 
Upcoming :
Oct 13    The Devil's Backbone (2001, Spain/Mexico, D: Guillermo Del Toro)   The Films Of Guillermo Del Toro
Oct 13    Carrie (1976, USA, D: Brian De Palma)   Nightmare On Dundas Street
Oct 20    Night Of The Hunter (1955, USA, D: Charles Laughton)   Nightmare On Dundas Street
Camera
In the west end of downtown, at 1028 Queen W.
Tiny venue once nestled in the back of a downtown watering hole screened a mix of specialized experimental/indie programming and new arthouse releases from the Mongrel catalogue but is now connected to the Stephen Bulger Gallery and run as a private rental space with the occasional public presentation. No 35mm capability; films are often shown on projected video.
Cinecycle
129 Spadina, down the alley
Low-key experimental film venue, nestled behind tall buildings in the downtown core.
 
Upcoming :
Oct 12    Time Form Scene #2
Oct 13    Ghostkeeper (1981, Canada, D: Jim Makichuk)   Trash Palace
Oct 14    Watching The Detectives (2017, Canada, D: Chris Kennedy)   Pleasure Dome
How Little We Know Of Our Neighbours (2005, USA, D: Rebecca Baron)
Oct 27    My Life, My Life Is This: Francesco Gagliardi  Pleasure Dome
Cineplex Odeon
  • Canada Square, 2190 Yonge Street
  • Grande, 4861 Yonge, at Sheppard
  • Scotiabank, 259 Richmond W, at John
  • Silver City Yonge & Eglinton, 2300 Yonge Steeet
  • Varsity, 55 Bloor W, in the Manulife Centre
  • Yonge & Dundas, 10 Dundas E, in the heart of downtown Toronto
  • Now that it has swallowed Famous Players and a few AMC venues, Cineplex Odeon is Canada's major cinema chain, specializing in first-run fare in theatres that largely consist of noisy modern multiplexes with stadium seating. The stature of the uptown Canada Square has faded a good deal, but it continues to chug along nonetheless with crowdpleasing arthouse releases and late-in-the-run Hollywood product. Higher profile arthouse fare often shows up at the Varsity and occasionally the downtown Scotiabank first. In an example of marketing run amuck, the Scotiabank has been so branded despite the fact that it is neither a bank nor located in Nova Scotia.
     
    Upcoming :
    Oct 12    Mully (2015, USA/Kenya, D: Scott Haze)
    Oct 14    Community Day
    Double Double Land
    209 Augusta
    Small event space located in Kensington Market.
    Drake Hotel
    1150 Queen St. West
    West downtown boutique hotel hosting nightly arts programming, including the occasional indie film event.
    The Fox
    in the Beaches at 2236 Queen E.
    Onetime Festival Cinemas house survived the June 2006 collapse of the repertory chain to begin a new life as an independent second run cinema. As of October 2007, the reins were transferred to the fellows at Napoleonic Theatres. Programming is basically second run screenings of Hollywood hits and high profile indies from the last couple of months' releases, augmented with an irregularly occurring documentary night and the odd classic.
     
    Upcoming :
    Oct 13    Friday The 13th (1980, USA, D: Sean Cunningham)
    Oct 14-15    Labyrinth (1986, USA, D: Jim Henson)
    Oct 21-22    The Dark Crystal (1982, USA, D: Jim Henson & Frank Oz)
    Oct 26    Rope (+wine and cheese) (1948, USA, D: Alfred Hitchcock)
    Oct 26    Donnie Darko (2001, USA, D: Richard Kelly)
    Oct 28    Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954, USA, D: Jack Arnold)

     
    Second Run :
    Oct 12    The Viceroy's House
    Oct 12,20-22,24-25    Wind River
    Oct 13-16    The Trip To Spain
    Oct 14-15,17-19    mother!
    Oct 16-17    An Inconvenient Sequel
    Oct 18-19    Long Time Running
    Oct 20-24    Dunkirk
    Oct 23,25    Tulip Fever
    Goethe Institut
    163 King W, near University
    The Toronto chapter of the German cultural institution programmes German films of past and present at various city venues.
    Golden Theatres
  • Albion
  • Woodside
  • The magic of Bollywood screens at these two suburban cinemas located on either side of Toronto.
    Harbourfront Centre
    On the waterfront, at Queen's Quay
    Waterfront collection of indoor and outdoor venues hosts a variety of arts programmes, only occasionally film related. Weekend summer festivals often include a film sidebar. In the past, the warm weather has been met with free weekly outdoor screenings, but they don't seem to be happening this year.
    Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
    In the Annex at 506 Bloor W, just east of Bathurst
    Formerly the Bloor Cinema. Toronto's venerable repertory house was renovated and rebranded by the Hot Docs festival and then renamed thanks to an influx of cash from Rogers. Unsurprisingly, the slate is documentary-heavy, sporting both first runs of new docs and reprertory programming of reality-based classics. The cinema will also look back to its previous incarnation with an occasional series of cult flicks.
     
    Upcoming :
    Oct 16-17,19    Sidemen: Long Road To Glory (2016, USA/Iceland, D: Scott D. Rosenbaum)
    Oct 16    May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers (2017, USA, D: Judd Apatow & Michael Bonfiglio)
    Oct 18    ImagineNative
    Oct 20-23,26-28,30, Nov 8-9,13    Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017, USA, D: Frederick Wiseman)
    Oct 22    Planet In Focus
    Oct 23    Tiger Spirit (2008, Canada, D: Min Sook Lee)   Ban This Series, Redux
    Oct 24    Flight Of The Guitar: Dreaming Of Paco De Lucia (2016, Spain, D: Javier Urosas, Javier Limon & Jorge Martinez)   Music On Film
    Oct 24    La Soledad (2016, Venezuela, D: Jorge Thielen Armand)   Ban This Series, Redux
    Oct 25    Hissein Habre, A Chadian Tragedy (2016, Chad/Senegal, D: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun)   Ban This Series, Redux
    Oct 25    Cinesiege
    Oct 26    On Putin's Blacklist (2017, Canada, D: Boris Ivanov)
    Oct 27-28,31    The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, UK, D: Jim Sharman)
    Dec 8-10    Jayu Human Rights Film Festival

     
    Second Run :
    Oct 20    Blurred Lines: Inside The Art World
    Oct 26    Long Time Running
    Imagine Cinemas
  • Carlton, 20 Carlton, near Yonge
  • Market Square, 80 Front, near Jarvis
  • Promenade, Promenade Mall, Thornhill
  • Woodbine, 500 Rexdale, in the Woodbine Shopping Center
  • Elgin Mills, 10909 Yonge St, in Richmond Hill
  • Five locations in the Greater Toronto Area, reviving venues discarded by the major chains with first run films and discount pricing. Previously part of the Rainbow Cinemas chain.
    Innis Town Hall
    On the downtown University Of Toronto campus, on the ground floor of the Innis College building, 2 Sussex Ave (at St. George).
    Medium-sized lecture hall venue, recently renovated, used for many of Toronto's smaller festivals in addition to U Of T events and weekly free screenings put on by the Cinema Studies Student Union.
     
    Upcoming :
    Oct 13    Repo Man (1984, USA, D: Alex Cox)   FFF    Free!
    Oct 14    SinoLux
    Oct 16    Pan's Labyrinth (2006, Spain, D: Guillermo Del Toro)    Free!
    Oct 17    The Destruction Of Memory (2016, USA/France/Germany, D: Tim Slade)
    Oct 20-22    Planet In Focus
    Oct 20    Roma (1972, Italy/France, D: Federico Fellini)   FFF    Free!
    Isabel Bader Theatre
    On the downtown U of T campus at 93 Charles St. W (at University), next to Museum subway station
    Soft-seat University Of Toronto lecture hall used by a number of the city's major festivals. No real film programming of its own.
    Japan Foundation
    131 Bloor W, Second Floor
    The gateway through which Japanese culture often passes into Toronto.
    Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
    6 Garamond Court, near Don Mills & Eglinton
    Promoting Japanese culture in midtown. Regularly shows movies in its Kobayahi Hall.
    The Kingsway
    3030 Bloor W, near Royal York subway station
    Onetime Festival Cinemas house reopened in January 2009, two and a half years after the collapse of its former parent company. Programming currently consists of week-long runs of recent Hollywood fare, arthouse hits and high profile indies.
    Revue Cinema
    at 400 Roncesvalles, south from Dundas West station
    One-time Festival Cinemas house was saved from certain death by a community campaign and (as of Oct 4, 2007) is operating as an independent repertory cinema. Programming is basically second run screenings of recent fare spiced up with the occasional repertory title or film event. The old neighbourhood theatre is on the narrow side with a high screen, making sitting in the first five or ten rows ill-advised.
     
    Upcoming :
    Oct 12    Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992, USA, D: Francis Ford Coppola)   Designing The Movies
    Oct 14    Notorious (1946, USA, D: Alfred Hitchcock)   Designing The Movies
    Oct 17    Shin Godzilla (2016, Japan, D: Hideaki Anno)
    Oct 19    Mystic Pizza (1988, USA, D: Donald Petrie)   Food In Film
    Oct 20    Planet In Focus
    Oct 22    Mala Junta (Bad Influence) (2016, Chile, D: Claudia Huaquimilla)
    Oct 22    Gaslight (1944, USA, D: George Cukor)   Rendezvous With Madness Presents
    Oct 25    Some Like It Hot (1959, USA, D: Billy Wilder)
    Oct 26    The Create From The Black Lagoon (1954, USA, D: Jack Arnold)   Art For Eternity
    Nov 6-12    Ekran Toronto Polish Film Festial

     
    Second Run :
    Oct 13-15,18    The Glass Castle
    Oct 13-15,19    Logan Lucky
    Oct 14-15,22    The Emoji Movie
    Oct 16,21,31    Wind River
    Oct 21,23-28,30    Dunkirk
    Oct 27-28,30-31    Ingrid Goes West
    Royal Cinema
    in Little Italy, at 608 College
    One-time Festival Cinemas venue, saved from clubland/condo takeover by Theatre D. Now programmed by Colin Geddes and Katarina Gligorijevic, screenings run the gamut from first run releases of scrappy indie titles to one-off screenings of genre classics.
     
    Upcoming :
    Oct 12    Carrie (1976, USA, D: Brian De Palma)   Queer Fear
    Oct 13    Vamp (1986, USA, D: Richard Wenk)   Black Gold
    Oct 14,28    The Addams Family (1991, USA, D: Barry Sonnenfeld)
    Oct 14    Obsessed (2009, USA, D: Steve Shill)   Drunk Feminist Films
    Oct 15    Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (1982, USA, D: Tommy Lee Wallace)
    Season Of The Witch (1972, USA, D: George A. Romero)
    Oct 17    Eaten Alive (1976, USA, D: Tobe Hooper)   Retropath
    Oct 18    Suspiria (1977, Italy, D: Dario Argento)   Ladies Of Burlesque
    Oct 19    Planet In Focus
    Oct 20    Black Donnellys (2017, Canada, D: Aaron Huggett)
    Oct 21-22    Suspiria (1977, Italy, D: Dario Argento)
    Oct 22    The Nude Vampire (1970, France, D: Jean Rollin)
    Oct 23    Sympathy For The Devil: The True Story Of The Process Church Of The Final Judgment (2015, USA/UK/Canada, D: Neil Edwards)
    Oct 24    Sudden Fury (1975, Canada, D: Brian Damude)   Tax Shelter Follies
    Oct 25    Fubar: Age Of Computer (2017, Canada, D: Michael Dowse)
    Oct 26    Scream For Help (1984, UK/USA/Italy, D: Michael Winner)   Laserblast
    Oct 27    Abby (1974, USA, D: William Girdler)   Black Gold
    Oct 28    Christine (1983, USA, D: John Carpenter)   Neon Dreams
    Oct 29    Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark (1988, USA, D: James Signorelli)   Screen Queens
    Nov 9-23    European Union Film Festival
    Nov 23-26    Blood In The Snow
    Royal Ontario Museum
    At Avenue and Bloor.
    Toronto's largest museum. Home to the Institute For Contemporary Culture and site for cultural events, some of them film related. Downstairs theatre is a medium-sized venue used by a variety of local festivals and occasionally by the Museum itself. New seats mean that legroom is much improved, but a gentle rake ensures that even tall people have trouble reading subtitles during packed screenings. Occasionally, the rumbling of the subway running underneath the theatre can be heard.
    Theatre D
    in the Regent, at 555 Mt. Pleasant (between Davisville and Eglinton)
    Digital post production facility by day, second run cinema by night, occasionally rented for the odd special presentation. The organization is also the new owner of Little Italy's Royal Cinema.
    TIFF Bell Lightbox
    350 King West, at John
    TIFF's new home base. Featuring five screens of varying size plus an exhibition area, restaurants and bars.
     
    Upcoming :
    Jan 26-Dec 24    Canada On Screen
    Sep 28-Oct 31    The Heart Of The World: Masterpieces Of Soviet Silent Cinema
    Sep 29-Dec 13    Guillermo Del Toro: Influences
    Oct 5-Nov 4    People Have The Power: Resistance In Filipino Cinema
    Oct 12    Loving Vincent (2017, Poland/UK, D: Hugh Welchman & Dorota Kobiela)
    Oct 12    Lucky (2017, USA, D: John Carroll Lynch)
    Oct 12    Beach Rats (2017, USA, D: Eliza Hittman)
    Oct 12    Hannah Arendt (2012, Germany/Luxembourg/France, D: Margarethe von Trotta)   Goethe Films: Margarethe & Barbara
    Oct 13-19    78/52 (2017, USA, D: Alexandre O. Philippe)
    Oct 13-19    BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017, France, D: Robin Campillo)
    Oct 13,26    Questione di Karma (2017, Italy, D: Edoardo Maria Falcone)   L'Altra Italia
    Oct 14    Share Her Journey  Short Cuts
    Oct 14-15    Toronto South African Film Festival
    Oct 15    Time To Die (1966, Mexico, D: Arturo Ripstein)
    Oct 17    Golden Exits (2017, USA, D: Alex Ross Perry)   MDFF Presents
    Oct 19-22    ImagineNative
    Oct 19-26    Secret Superstar (2017, India, D: Advait Chandan)
    Oct 20-26    Human Flow (2017, Germany, D: Ai Weiwei)
    Oct 24    Potamkin (2017, Canada, D: Stephen Broomer)   Wavelengths
    Oct 25    Rear Window (1954, USA, D: Alfred Hitchcock)
    Oct 26-Dec 28    Johnnie To: Expect The Unexpected
    Nov 3-5    Brazil Film Fest
    Nov 17-19    CineIran Festival
    Yonge-Dundas Square
    Downtown, at the corner of Yonge and Dundas
    City square development features outdoor screenings once the warm weather hits.
    Defunct Toronto Film Venues
    AMC Theatres
    Interchange, 30 Interchange Way, at Highways 400 and 7
    The American cinema chain is currently in the process of selling off the few suburban and urban multiplexes it has scattered across the greater Toronto area. The Yonge & Dundas and Winston Churchill locations were sold to Cineplex in July 2012. The Kennedy Commons location appears to have closed some time in August 2012. Was once the only stop for specialized fare in the outer reaches of the city.
    Big Picture Cinema
    1035 Gerrard E, the former Gerrard Theatre
    Leslieville's indie cinema promising art, schlock, indie and foreign fare. Formerly known as The Projection Booth.
    Brunswick Theatre
    296 Brunswick Ave, in the Annex
    Small 100-seat venue in the former Poor Alex Theatre space, screening socially conscious docs on video. Currently on hiatus.
    Cinesphere
    On the waterfront, in the big white dome at Ontario Place
    Toronto's original Imax venue still screens large-format documentaries for family visitors to the theme park that it is situated in, but is also rented out for special events.
    Empire Theatres Cineplex eventually swallowed up most of this largely Atlantic Canada-based chain, with some of the remaining theatres, such as Mississauga's Square One, sold off to Landmark.
    Festival Cinemas
  • The Royal, in Little Italy at 608 College
  • The Paradise, at 1006 Bloor W.
  • The Kingsway, in the far west end at 3030 Bloor W.
  • The Fox, in the Beaches at 2236 Queen E.
  • The Revue, in the west end at 400 Roncesvalles
  • As of June 30th 2006, the chain has folded. The Fox continues to run as an independent repertory/second run cinema. The Royal has been purchased by the folks at Theatre D and re-opened in December 2006. The Revue was saved by a community campaign and re-opened in the autumn of 2007.
     
    Before June 30th 2006, the chain was comprised of five locations specializing in discount second run fare with some repertory programming and occasional short runs of specialized titles. A $3 membership kept movie prices down to $6 (less for Tuesdays and matinees) for 6 months. The Royal offered a good-sized screen, decent sound and rocking seats. It showcased the most diverse programming in the chain, spicing up the usual second run fare with culty events such as the bi-weekly Kung Fu Fridays presentation. The Paradise was the place where you might have found that arty flick you missed during its brief run at the Carlton (albeit likely screening for only two nights) in a schedule filled with more traditional second run fare, but the theatre's divy environs were not the most inviting. The Kingsway, Revue and Fox presented more mainstream programming. The Kingsway sported the best screen and sound in the chain. The Fox was a close second. The narrow Revue's screen was on the high side, making sitting in the first five or ten rows ill-advised, and the sound was decidedly muddy.
     
    Final programme: June 2006
    Landmark Theatres
    Square One, in Mississauga
    Largely Western Canada-based chain picked up Mississauga's Square One cinema following Cineplex's aquisition of most of the Empire chain, but closed it in October 2014 when the mall offered to buy out the lease.
    Mediatheque
    In the National Film Board Of Canada at Richmond and John.
    Once the National Film Board Of Canada's public face in Toronto, hosting weekly screenings in association with local festivals and cultural groups in the medium-sized upstairs theatre while offering instant access to a sizeable portion of the NFB back catalogue downstairs via personal viewing stations. Closed in August 2012 due to government budget cuts.
    The Metro
    677 Bloor St W, in Koreatown
    Toronto's last remaining porn theatre has reportedly closed its doors. (An attempt to give the space an indie makeover courtesy the folks behind The Projection Booth appears to have fizzled.)
    Rainbow Cinemas Five locations in the Greater Toronto Area, reviving venues discarded by the major chains with first run films and discount pricing. Now part of the Imagine Cinemas chain.
    Toronto Underground Cinema
    186 Spadina, downstairs, in the long-lost Golden Classics space. Briefly known as the Acacia Centre.
    Upstart rep cinema opened by former Bloor Cinema staffers but recently closed due to issues between the owner of the property and the condominiums above.
    Trash Palace
    Shhh, it's a secret.
    Cult films once unearthed (on 16mm film, not video) in a studio space on Niagara Street, now shuttered due to urban development.
    Out Of Town
    Eastman House
    Rochester, NY
    Bringing solid repertory programming and arthouse releases to upstate New York.
       

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