Before modern cinema, the term motion picture referred to tossing children’s artwork out the window. Hold on to your finger paintings with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get an independent-film outing for two at Broadway Theatre (up to a $30 value). The outing includes the following:
- Two general-admission movie tickets
- Two large popcorns
- One large drink
Built in 1946 and community-owned since 1993, Broadway Theatre continues operation as one of only seven film houses in Canada that showcase both foreign and domestic independent films. Friends of the Broadway Theatre, a nonprofit organization that maintains the heritage-designated facility, packs a rotating schedule with stories that, like king-size racecar beds, are accessible to all ages. Guests can sip drinks, nibble popcorn, and settle themselves amid the community theatre’s intimate atmosphere to watch Café de Flore’s epic tale of love or Into the Abyss’s study of crime. Broadway Theatre also uses their screen to present the Flicks International Children’s Film Festival, display local talent initiatives, and provide a temporary home for projected headshots of unemployed actors.
Broadway Theatre’s rates fluctuate between members and nonmembers.
Originally built in 1946, Broadway Theatre enjoyed an almost 50-year tenure of showing the popular films of the time and hosting live productions before it was sadly forced to close its doors in 1993. Dismayed by the loss of their theatre, members of the community came together, purchased the venue, and reopened it, and Broadway Theatre has remained under their watchful protection ever since. Now, the movie house screens independent films gathered from around the world and plays host to improv-comedy shows, concerts, and professional fire drills.