Vintage-Inspired Gifts for the Film Buff

1. A Vintage Movie Date:
Revue Cinema

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The Revue circa 1935. Why the large marquee is no longer there, they’ve worked hard to maintain its original charm.

ABOUT: “Discover what the Revue Cinema is all about. A unique Toronto cultural treasure with a vibrant historic past and an unwavering community commitment. We are dedicated to presenting programs which appeal to wide-ranging audiences of different age groups, diverse backgrounds and varying interests that reflect the ever-changing local community and the Greater Toronto Area.

The Revue creates community by bringing people together as we strongly believe in the power of shared experience. Our presentations engage, entertain and elevate as we strive to bring the best of independent, cultural, Canadian, documentary, current and classic cinema to our big screen.

We believe it’s our role to offer the community something different, whether it is to ensure great films from the past are not forgotten, important but less commercially successful films are properly recognized and special events from a range of cultures and interests have a venue for exhibition.

The Revue provides opportunities for people to discover, explore and learn through film, arts and culture. We program over a thousand screenings per year. Approximately one third are enhanced events which range from specially curated film series, multi-cultural film festivals, Q&A’s, panel discussions and conversations with experts, co-productions with talented exhibitors, artists and musicians, and rentals where the Revue provides the space and the staffing to support outside organizations (often not-for-profit) to run their own event, screening, or fundraiser.”

PRICE RANGE: $

SOCIAL IMPACT: The concept of a “community theatre” doesn’t really exist today outside of a few places, like the Revue. Here you can see more than just the big blockbusters (though they play those too) – you can see little known or forgotten films, attend discussions, sometimes even performances (like our Christmas pre-show a couple years back), it really is a space for the community to come together.

WHAT WE LIKE: We love that the building maintains a lot of its original charm, and that, even where things have had to be updated, they’ve held on to the old stuff (like the original stage) that we hope one day will be fully restored. The prices are cheaper than a chain movie theatre, the movies are more interesting, popcorn is better and really, the screen size is the same as the smaller ones in the big multiple room theatres. Why ever go to Cineplex when you’ve got this?

2. DVD Classics:
Eyesore Cinema

You know kids, before there was “Netflix and Chill” we’d go pick something out at a rental store and awkwardly inch closer on the couch in our parent’s basement.

ABOUT: “Rare, Import, Out of print, Specialty DVD, Bluray and 4K rentals and Sales – We do special orders!!! Books, Magazines, T-Shirts, Posters, Special Event Space and Cinema, Local Event Tickets, Fine handmade baked goods! This is a real place, an actual, tangible environment where human beings interact in person. A place where knowledge is exchanged, opinions are debated and relationships are born. Sure, you can live in a cultural vacuum of entitlement, virtual hedonism and solipsism… but for some, nothing can replace reality for true joy, edification and a sense of community! Oh, and we also have movies!”

PRICE RANGE: $-$$

SOCIAL IMPACT: The place for the edgy film lover in your life, Eyesore is a great place to meet and hang out with like-minded individuals, something that gets increasingly difficult to do as we get older. Plus, it’s one of the few places that still rents out movies, something we wish wasn’t going out of style!

WHAT WE LIKE: This is where you go to find some great cult classics, and I don’t mean Reefer Madness, I mean that out-of-print, totally obscure B film you saw once in a college film class and can’t quite remember the name of. They’ve got cool stuff and are very different than most other shops in town.

3. Vintage Movie Posters:
Hollywood Canteen

Lights! Camera! Movie posters! Mike Orlando's memorabilia shop has kept old  Hollywood alive since 1984. | The Star

ABOUT: Hollywood Canteen opened in the 1980s and since then has been one of the top spots in the city for all things movie memorabilia. They’ve got posters of every size, reproduction and original, a huge selection of hard-to-find DVDS, props, merchandise – you name it. Most years you can find their booth at the CNE as well.

PRICE RANGE: $-$$$

SOCIAL IMPACT: This local shop has been going strong for decades, and really proves the value of having specialized stores with owners who know (and love) their stuff. You may find the odd gem at Sunrise, or spot what looks to be a good deal on eBay, but if you want to be sure you’re getting the real thing, or need help finding what that “thing” is, you can’t do better than stopping by to chat with the experts. We need to nurture local speciality shops, they are few and far between.

WHAT WE LIKE: Don’t let the dated website fool you, this place is THE stop for vintage movie posters and merch, and the owner really knows his stuff. I highly suggest you visit in store, just check their COVID procedures first.

4. Film-Inspired Fashion:
TCM Shop

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I’ve seen lots of film-inspired socks but never one focused on the prop department!

ABOUT: An affiliate of Turner Classic Movies (the company that owns the rights to the vast majority of golden age classics), this is pretty far from the local businesses we’re going to put most of our focus on. BUT, it is with good reason. They have a gigantic selection of films and some unique items like these socks, dog collars and more.

PRICE RANGE: $-$$

SOCIAL IMPACT: Turner Classic does ensure that audiences have access to a huge selection of classic films, and they organize interesting themed weeks or months, and often have informational programs on as well. So, less of an impact than some on the list, but we do see the value in preservation of our classics.

WHAT WE LIKE: TCM has every movie you can think of. All of them. Yep, even that one. Ok, maybe not new releases, but if you’re looking for something from the silver screen or golden age of Hollywood, chances are you can find it here.

5. Books On Cinema Behind-The-Scenes:
A Different Booklist

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A different booklist has a wide range of film books, including ones on Indigenous filmmakers, cocktails from movies, the porn industry – you name it!

ABOUT: “A Different Booklist is an African-Canadian owned bookstore showcasing the literature of the African and Caribbean diaspora, the Global South and all the major publishers and small presses.”

PRICE RANGE: $-$$

SOCIAL IMPACT: This small local business is Black owned and operated, and features a range of literature including titles you are unlikely to find in big stores like Chapters.

WHAT WE LIKE: While they showcase literature of the African and Caribbean diaspora, don’t let that make you think there’s nothing for you if you aren’t a part of those groups. This little shop carries books on EVERYTHING, and they have a lot of really focused, unique titles, as well as the ability to search for literature written by Black Canadians.

Got something you think should be on our list?
Let us know in the comments.

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We’re Runner-Up!

Thank you Toronto for voting us the runner-up for Best Small Theatre for NOW Magazine’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards!

Thank you Toronto for voting us the runner-up for Best Small Theatre for NOW Magazine’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards!

Congrats to all the winners and nominees, and special shout-out to:

Best Small Theatre, Coal Mine Theatre

Best Site-Specific Theatre, Outside the March

Best Independent Theatre, Revue Cinema

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A Very Vintage Christmas with the Revue Cinema

The Revue Film Society presents a Free Community Screening of Elf on Saturday December 21st and of A Christmas Story on Sunday December 22nd, in support of the Parkdale Community Food Bank. The Revue will be collecting donations for the Parkdale Community Food Bank!

Pre-show stage performance: A Very Vintage Christmas presented by Bygone Theatre! On Saturday enjoy the song stylings of Elizabeth Rose Morriss, and on Sunday the crooning and comedy of Thomas and Kevin Finn.

Special thanks to the supporters of The Revue Cinema‘s annual Holiday Community Screenings: Reunion Coffee Roasters | Pollock’s Home Hardware | Master Mechanic High Park | Dollfactory by Damzels | Scout | The Mercantile | Sweetpea’s | Meridian Credit Union | Bill Mohan Sutton Real Estate | The DuHamel Family

Please note that since this Revue Film Society event is free, it is our policy to overbook to ensure capacity. We will begin releasing unclaimed seats to the rush line 5 minutes before the start of the event. In case of a full house, your reservation may not guarantee admission. Please note that only 2 tickets can be reserved per order. We recommend you arrive early! Visit their website to book your tickets.

Bygone Theatre’s 2017/18 Season

Bygone Theatre’s 2017/18 season announcement.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

Bygone Theatre Announces its 6th Season

TORONTO, ON (Tuesday September 26, 2017) – Now entering their sixth season, Toronto based, indie nonprofit, Bygone Theatre announces their season lineup, which includes a classic 1965 British farce, a unique night of vintage Vaudeville, and the World Premiere of a new Canadian play.

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LOOT by Joe Orton
Directed by Emily Dix

England, 1965; Only hours before her intended burial, the late Mrs. Leavy is removed from her coffin by her son, Hal, and his best pal, Dennis, who have together just robbed a bank and need the coffin to stash the loot. Absurdity abounds in the dark, 1965 farce that examines attitudes surrounding death, police integrity, and the Catholic church.

This timely classic will run from March 8-17th (11 performances) at the Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley St., Toronto. Casting TBA late 2017.

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JOE by Rachel Ganz

England, 1967; Joe and Kenneth live together. Following their experience in jail for a crime they believe was just an excuse to criminalize their homosexuality, Joe and Kenneth begin planning for their future. Kenneth believes they should break up to avoid further persecution but Joe believes they should die together as a desperate statement against policy. As Kenneth attempts to leave, Joe attempts to die. The domestic dispute exemplifies the ways in which public policy can affect private living and the small flat the men share fills with tension until Kenneth kills Joe with a hammer. Inspired by the real-life murder of playwright, Joe Orton.

ABOUT RACHEL GANZ: Rachel Ganz is a Toronto-based playwright. She is a recent playwriting graduate from The National Theatre School as well as the Artistic Director of Newborn Theatre and the Co-Creator of The Odds and Ends Festival. Works include: Blip/I Didn’t Need To Know You (Newborn Theatre, 2017), Plucked (Newborn Theatre, 2016), Vacuum (The National Theatre School, 2016), The Dumb War (Newborn Theatre, 2015), Teach Me (Newborn Theatre, 2014), Rhyme Reason or Otherwise (Hart House Players, 2014), Plasterface (Newborn Theatre, 2014), The Long Run (Sunnybrook Hospital/Newborn Theatre, 2014).

Staged Reading – April 8, 2018, the Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth Ave., Toronto

World Premiere – June 21-23, 2018 (limited engagement, 5 performances), the Alumnae Theatre Studio, 70 Berkeley St., Toronto

VAUDEVILLE REVUE – in partnership with the Revue Cinema

A one-night-only performance of vintage Vaudeville acts combined with classic silent films. Exact date TBA.

Visit http://www.bygonetheatre.com for details and updates on casting.
Tickets: available at http://www.bygonetheatre.com/tickets
Media Contact: Artistic Executive Director Emily Dix, Emily@bygonetheatre.com, 647-343-5965