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Memories Of The Way We Were

Friday, June 30, 2006

The Revue Cinema Four of Toronto’s historic repertory movie theatres will close their doors today, nearly bringing to an end the era of the ‘neighbourhood cinema,’ as now only a few remain. If you’ve lived in Toronto at any point over the last 65 years, you’re probably familiar with at least one of the Paradise, Royal, Kingsway or Revue; for some, they were a cheap way to catch a movie you may have missed in the first-run theatres, or else check out a classic you’d never otherwise have a chance to see on the big screen — for others they were almost a way of life.

Artist Sarah Lazarovic has created a beautiful portrait of these local icons for 03971semaj

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Drew permalink
    Friday, June 30, 2006 5:00 pm

    Now the Paradise is being sold as well, that’s the whole chain then. How depressing. It doesn’t seem that long ago since The Uptown was demolished. Hopefully the displaced Festival theater-goers will provide enough added revenue to The Bloor to insure its longevity and then at least some good will come out of this.

  2. Saturday, July 1, 2006 7:55 am

    There’s still The Fox, so far east it may as well be in Whitby. You know, those theatres were probably the thing I’ve missed the most about Toronto in my year-and-a-half away. Now what’ve I got to come back to? Family? Friends? Pff. My cats and my collection of Ninja Turtles comics, I suppose.

    Since rep theatres standing alone in the streets can’t seem to turn enough profit to survive, I was thinking maybe the best way for that style of cinema to function would be to join in with the big guys. The Paramount could devote its shittiest screen to playing Baraka eight or nine times a month; AMC could let Colin Geddes (famed for Kung Fu Fridays at the Royal and the TIFF’s Midnight Madness programme) select the menu for 1/24th of its screens, even just one day a week.

    Click that Kung Fu Fridays link and scroll down to where they reprinted the Toronto Star article by Murray Whyte. It’s a pretty sad story. Man, does all this just stink.

  3. Tuesday, July 4, 2006 4:53 pm

    According to this article in Now, the Royal is getting a reprieve.

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