The Torontoist is reporting some very exciting news for area cinephiles: The long-defunct Chinese cinemas at Spadina and Queen are turning into a rep cinema! Says The Torontoist:
If you’ve ever been a regular at your local repertory cinema, then chances are you’ve romanticized the idea of rebuilding your own independent movie house in the style of Cinema Paradiso or The Majestic. For three Toronto guys, the dream is quickly materializing in a long-defunct screening space at Spadina Avenue and Queen Street West. Alex Woodside, Charlie Lawton, and Nigel Agnew have revamped the space in the basement of the building at 186 Spadina Avenue—formerly home to a popular Chinese cinema—rebranded it as the Toronto Underground Cinema, and are currently preparing it to open its doors (tentatively) on May 14.
Add this to TIFF’s Bell Lightbox and the year-round events it will start offering after this year’s fest, and Toronto’s film exhibition world is suddenly beginning to look a little more world class…
A photo from inside the restored Underground (care of Torontoist):