Toronto Underground Cinema

Toronto Underground Cinema to close

Sadly Toronto Underground Cinema, the place where I attended many of my favourite indie film fests, saw a hilarious and naughty Batman burlesque and met some of my childhood heroes like Adam West and Lance Henriksen, is closing it's doors.

Apparently the theatre, which has been closed for renovations since July, never actually began any construction. The management of the cinema encountered problems of a legal and bureaucratic nature that they could not foresee, and the mounting costs of these problems have ultimately led to the Toronto Underground Cinema having to close its doors on Sunday Sept 16th.

Toronto Underground Cinema will be closing out their run with the very first film festival they partnered with, the T.O. Indie Film Fest, which will run from Sept 6th - Sept 15th. More information about films and showtimes can be found at film-fest.ca .

Finally, the closing night double bill will be a very special 35mm appreciation screening. Cult classic Night of the Comet (1984) and the purposefully appropriate The Last Waltz (1978). Both films will be projected in the superior 35mm format. No blu-rays here, just pure cinema.

In a touching email to fans like myself, Nigel Agnew, Charlie Lawton and Alex Woodside, the management of the Toronto Underground Cinema, signed off by saying:

"Although this is goodbye for now, we will not stop working on a way to bring the Underground back. Whether that is a year or two down the road when all issues have been solved, or in a different incarnation in a different space, we are dedicated to the love of cinematic exhibition, and the fans who support it. Until then, see you above ground."

Toronto Underground Cinema is located at 186 Spadina Ave, and has been open since May, 2010. Come out and show them some love for the first, or the last time.

See you in line.

Photo by Neil Ta in the blogTO Flickr pool


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