Friday One Sheet: The Royal Cinema [The F Word]

A bit of a local flavour with this key art for the latest film from Canadian Comedy maestro Michael Dowse (Fubar, It’s All Gone Pete Tong). The Royal Cinema, a neighborhood repertory house on College St. (and mixing studio for many local filmmakers) has never looked more handsome than it does here, used as wallpaper for an encounter between Daniel...

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Requiem for a Repertory Cinema: Toronto Underground, RIP 2012

Sad, but inevitable I’m afraid, news out of Toronto today, as one of the last few fully independent Repertory Cinemas, The Toronto Underground Cinema, announced that it was shuttering its doors permanently come September. Issues with the building owners (involving a liquor license) as well as the ongoing slow death of 35mm print distribution have pushed...

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Local Theater Showcase: The Bloor Cinema Reborn

This edition showcases a particularly special cinema. The very cinema that started Rowthree, as the original founders happened to like the extra leg room offered by the eponymous third row of the Bloor. However that row is long gone, as the cinema has been undergoing a several month overhaul of the interior and exterior space after it was acquired to be the...

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Repertory Cinema Going: Toronto Turf Wars

Normally, I do not slow down my car when I pass a traffic accident, or road-side drunken scuffle. But I would be lying if the churlish tone of this Onion A.V. Club article, out of their Toronto chapter, didn’t catch my eye for its vaguely hipster-ish tone. The article questions whether or not programming quality at Toronto Rep cinemas has declined, or...

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Quick. Everybody Move To Toronto!

Every big city has its (admittedly shrinking) share of repertory houses, but only Toronto has Mamo! to succinctly and knowledgeably outline the programming of said theatres. Here Matt and Matt discuss the 2012 Winter Season at Toronto’s TIFF Lightbox for The Substream. And what delightfully eclectic programming they have his season. I’ll save the...

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Local Theater Showcase: The Elgin-Wintergarden (Toronto, ON, Canada)

The last existing double-stacked Edwardian Theater in the world, the Elgin-Wintergarden is a marvel to behold. I bring people to this theatre just to show them the theatre, let alone what is actually showing there. While it is a live-theatre auditorium for most of the year, whenever the Toronto International Film Festival rolls into town, it becomes the...

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Local Theater Showcase: The Highlands Cinema (Kinmount, ON, Canada)

There are several unique and unusual things about The Highlands Cinema in Kinmount Ontario. The five-screen multiplex theatre, oddly located in a very rural area north-east of Toronto, has the motto: “You remember not only the movie, but the theatre.” This certainly true, albeit not necessarily for the programming, which consists entirely of summer...

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Local Theater Showcase: The Parkway (Minneapolis, MN, USA)

As a new experiment here at RowThree, I thought it might be fun to every once in a while put a spotlight on a local theater in some part of the world that for one reason or another stands out above the rest in its area. Maybe this theater has really great seating. Maybe they sell popcorn on a stick. Maybe they feature only NC-17 rated films. Or maybe it’s...

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