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Sail-In Cinema returns for a second year at Sugar Beach

The Sail-In Cinema, Toronto and North America's first floating movie theatre, is returning for a second round of outdoor, nautical-themed flicks this summer, starting next week with The Poseidon Adventure.

Started last year to mark the Toronto Port Authority's centennial, Sail-In Cinema is basically a 40 x 20 foot, double-sided screen strapped to the back of a barge positioned off Sugar Beach. Moviegoers can pull up in a boat or catch the movie from the shore free of charge. According to the TPA's figures, 2,000 people arrived by land and sea to watch Finding Nemo, Jaws and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea last year.

Creature from the Black Lagoon and Hook will join The Poseidon Adventure on the menu this time around. Each screening starts just after sunset at around 8:45 and free tickets are available on the cinema's website. My advice for land-bound viewers: bring a blanket or a beach chair. Nothing's more uncomfortable than sitting on cold, hard concrete.

Earlier in the year, plans for a second screening of one of the festival's movies was nixed when the the city's licensing and standards committee required the organizers to apply for additional permits, so there's sadly no late show this year.

FULL SCHEDULE (ALL SCREENINGS AT SUGAR BEACH):

  • August 16: The Poseidon Adventure (8:45 PM)
  • August 17: Creature from the Black Lagoon (8:45 PM)
  • August 18: Hook (8:45 PM)

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