If your tastes in film go beyond rom-coms and the Fockers series, your local theatre may not always call your name. Fortunately, Toronto’s blessed with several excellent independent cinemas. Here, five of the finest.
The 6’ by 8’ screen at Atom Egoyan’s Camera Bar can’t compete with your local Silver City, but with plush stadium seating, an intimate atmosphere (capacity is 50) and free Saturday screenings, size doesn’t matter. Upcoming screenings include the psychological thriller, The Silent Partner, and Canadian classic Goin’ Down the Road. 1028 Queen. St. W., 416-530-0011.
For years, Toronto film buffs have flocked to this grand, century-old theatre (pictured above) to take in the best classic, cult and indie flicks (or a midnight screening of The Dark Side of Oz). A five-dollar membership gets you five-dollar films for six months. 506 Bloor St. W., 416-516-2330.
In addition to regular screenings of award-winning NFB films, Mediatheque provides 16 free digital viewing stations, offering free access to more than 5,500 NFB films, from classics like The Sweater, to the Oscar-winning short, Ryan. 150 John St., 416-973-3012.
In addition to studio films, the Carlton screens solid independent and foreign films. A recent $1.5-million renovation means roomier seats, and new screens and sound systems. 20 Carlton St., 416-494-9371.
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This glass-and-steel skyscraper may not scream “indie film.” Still, it screens a wide range of films – generally a half-dozen-plus daily – ?ranging, this week, from the Quebecois gem, Incendies, to The Goonies. 350 King St. W., 416-599-8433.
Image courtesy of smaku.