Darkened auditoriums with flickering screens draw audiences into magical worlds where fish can talk, motorcycles leap canyons, and love comes even for those who eat crackers in bed. The auditoriums show recent blockbusters at 17 multiplex theatres that spread across Canada, each of which retains its own unique personality and honours any historic roots.
Visit the historic Bloor Hot Docs Cinema to view fun films and intriguing documentaries. Opened in 1913, this cinema is in Toronto’s dynamic Annex neighborhood. The open and airy interior features both floor and balcony seating, perfect for viewing the large projection screen. Now under the new management of Hot Doc, Bloor Cinema plays an exciting selection of Canadian and international documentaries to choose from all year round. They also host special documentary presentations and showcases, including the must-see Doc Soup Series. The Bloor Cinema is part of the new culturally rich Bloor St. Culture Corridor. They also follow an earth-friendly green initiative by using 100 percent green electricity through Bullfrog Power.
Head on over to Revue Cinema in Toronto and escape the world for a little bit with an unforgettable movie experience.
Whether you're looking for a quick snack or a full meal, the restaurant at this theater is sure to dish out something delicious.
Bring the whole family to this theater, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
The movies are pure magic. Take a fantasy trip to Revue Cinema today.
Established: Before 1950
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Brands Used: Pepsi
Pro Tip: Box office opens 30 minutes before showtime. Arrive early to get the best seat.
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Metered street parking
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
For Susan Flanagan, the Revue Cinema was almost a lost cause. Back in 2006, the theatre had all but shuttered its doors, and was on the brink of closing down for good. Susan hit the streets and pounded the porches in the neighborhood, sold "Save the Revue" t-shirts and buttons, wrote press releases, and did just about everything in her power to raise enough money to keep the theater going. In the processes, she effectively recruited a battalion of volunteers—Revue Film Society—who not only helped with funding, but dedicated their collective manpower to help clean, paint, and even create new art deco light fixtures for the theater for its grand re-opening.
Today, Revue Cinema—a not-for-profit theatre—screens films that range from blockbuster hits to cult classics. In addition to showing new releases, the staff arranges a series of cultural programs such as Silent Sundays, where live piano accompaniment adds vim to North American and European films from the 1910s and 1920s. And in addition to the movies, the snack bar sets the bar for other theatres by selling organic juices and vintage-style pop and candy.
In 1913, Arthur Brooks Webster had a problem: he had just been issued a permit to build his theatre, but the local residents were already content with the two theatres just down the road. However, by promising a moviegoing experience unlike any other and rallying his friends to spread a petition door-to-door, Webster gained the support he needed to break the earth on his vision. Though the theatre’s first reel spun in 1914, it took years of cycling through names such as The Pastime and Prince Edward before it finally received its current, more svelte moniker in 1937.
Fast-forward to the present day, and the Fox Theatre stands as the longest-running cinema in Canada. First- and second-run films flicker to life on the big screen as enamoured audiences watch on from rows of plush red seats. Aside from the classic moviegoing experience, the theatre may be rented to seat up to 248 spectators for parties, corporate events, and screenings of independent documentaries about the funding channels for independent documentaries.
At Magic Lantern Theatres, darkened auditoriums with flickering screens draw audiences into magical worlds where fish can talk, motorcycles leap canyons, and love comes even for those who eat crackers in bed. The partnering multiplex theatres and cinemas show recently released blockbuster flicks at 15 locations spread across Canada, each of which retains its own unique personality and honours any historic roots. In Edmonton, the Princess Theatre’s original 1915 auditorium, complete with balcony, golden drapes, and red walls, accommodates moviegoers with babies or pet hyenas inside a soundproof cry room. In Saskatchewan, the circa-1930 Roxy Theatre preserves the ambience of a Spanish courtyard. As guests find their auditoriums at the Ontario locations, they can admire giant murals by local artist Fred Harrison.