Toronto has lots of excellent indie movie theatres that showcase local and international independent films to the public. Sandwiched amidst the store signs, business signs, commercial signs, banners signs, graphic design, and wacky street art are the City’s movie gems just waiting to be discovered.
If you want to see films other than blockbuster movies and Netflix series, head over to these cool, unique theatres.
Tiff Bell Lightbox. Photo By: The City Of Toronto
The Revue Cinema
This theatre is literally Toronto’s oldest-standing movie house and is considered a heritage site in itself — locals actually lobbied for its reopening when it was closed down in 2006. It shows old films since 1912 and has over 200 comfy seats for moviegoers. From Hollywood screenings to silent movies, the Revue promotes all things related to film for art lovers and culture vultures.
Relaunched in 2007, the Revue also holds special events and art fairs with snacks and meals cooked by the City’s finest chefs. Enjoy a nostalgic trip down memory lane upon stepping into this cultural landmark.
Established in 1920, this cinema promotes indie films and occasional Hollywood blockbusters. It also hosts live performances such as music shows and standup comedy stints. During holidays or special celebrations like Election Day, it broadcasts the event for 24 hours.
Historians often boast of the Regent’s beauty during its heyday. It has Venetian balconies that serve as box seats and decorative arches that adorn the walls.
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
The theatre is famous for its round-house documentaries created by national and international filmmakers. It hosts the Doc Soup series for its year-round cinema screenings. The movie house was built in 1913 and has undergone several renovations, with the latest one in 2012.
It can host up to 700 guests and patrons. Formerly known as Bloor Cinema, this historic cultural landmark is easily accessible by subway. Fun fact: It has screened The Rocky Horror Picture Show every month for the past 20 years!
Thanks to its art déco features, it has earned the moniker “Little Italy” of Toronto. This landmark was close to shutting down until new management saved the cinema and turned it into a state-of-the-art facility movie house.
The cinema is perfect for broadcasts and live shows due to its high-tech upgrades. Famous Canadian directors like Atom Egoyan have debuted their films here.
TIFF Bell Lightbox
Located at the heart of the Entertainment District, this movie house has become home to the Toronto International Film Festival. Other than showing blockbusters, it has an ample selection of indie films for the public.
It also has a gift shop full of movie merchandise, a library, and interactive digital games for kids. Its top-of-the-line sound equipment and visuals make for an awesome night of screen showings.
Indeed, independent movie houses are one of a kind — cultural gems that promote creativity and encourage free thinking. It won’t hurt to venture out and watch non-mainstream movies from time to time, so dare to step out of your comfort zone and catch unique flicks at these indie cinemas.