After 16 months of hard work and heroic fundraising efforts, the Revue Cinema will repoen its doors on October 4. The historic theatre, built in 1912, had been one of the oldest, continuously operating movie houses in Canada until its closure in June 2006. A group of community activists and film-lovers worked tirelessly to save the Revue, which was purchased earlier this year by local residents and entrepreneurs Danny and Letty Mullin. The Mullins are leasing the Revue to the Revue Film Society, which will operate the theatre as a non-profit business.
From the Revue Film Society website:
“The revitalized Revue embodies the community spirit of the people and businesses that donated time, money and energy to keep it alive,” says Revue Film Society founder Susan Flanagan. “Now, it will be up to the larger Toronto community to shape its future by supporting it not only as a classic movie house, but as an arts and educational facility.”
Tickets go on sale Thursday September 27 for the yet-to-be-announced inaugural movie, which has been chosen by an online audience poll from a list of classics. The theatre has only 240 seats, so to ensure everyone gets in on the celebration a TIFF-style “after party” will be held at the nearby Lithuanian Hall (1573 Bloor Street W.) with doors opening at 7:30 pm. Several Toronto acts will provide live music, including the Toronto Jazz Orchestra, and local restaurant The Silver Spoon is donating catering services to the licensed event.