Since opening as the Bonita Theatre in 1911, Toronto.com reports, the city's oldest movie house has undergone numerous transformations, most recently screening Chinese and Hindi films throughout the 80s and 90s and Tamil-language films in the current millennium. Projection Booth Cinema became its latest incarnation in August 2011, specializing in independent and world cinema under the curatorial guidance of Jonathan Hlibka, Nadie Sandhu, and Euan Mowat. Grinder Coffee, the theatre's next door neighbour, concocts gourmet concessions, meals, and coffee for moviegoers before they saunter down the theatre's wood-to-concrete floor and sink into one of 295 seats, lined with marine blue corduroy.
As 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound orbits the audience, 35mm and digital projectors showcase premieres of films that eschew traditional Hollywood fare, including a monthly horror film series in partnership with Fangoria Magazine and weekly Bollywood film reels discovered in the theatre basement during renovations. Local artists also showcase their work each Wednesday followed by coffee and discussion sessions with the audience, where they can ask guest moviemakers about the creative process or how to talk actors out of staying in pirate character during visits to the dentist.