Like spritzing an email with cologne, blowing kisses at a movie screen is a heartfelt romantic gesture that proves fruitless in attracting movie stars. Experience unrequited love with today's Groupon: for $7, you get two tickets to any screening at Projection Booth Cinema in Toronto (up to a $14 value).
Toronto's oldest movie house, Projection Booth Cinema exhibits eclectic lineups of independent, foreign, schlock, and mainstream moviemaking. After purchasing gourmet concessions, full meals, or coffee from Grinder Coffee in the lobby, moviegoers traipse along the theatre's wood-to-concrete floor and sink into one of its 295 marine-blue corduroy seats. Digital, 1.5K, or 35-mm projectors fling pictures against the screen, treating cinephiles to premieres of non-Hollywood flicks, cartoon shorts every weekend morning at 10 a.m., or slideshows of coin collections in crisp 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound. Local filmmakers present their features at Projection Booth Cinema's PB101 every Wednesday night, discussing their work and competitive tripod-jousting tricks afterward with the audience.
Big Picture Cinema
Since opening as the Bonita Theatre in 1911, 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. Big Picture Cinema is its latest incarnation, specializing in independent and world cinema. 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.
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