Sunday, April 8, 2007
I don't know how it is where you come from, but it seems that small movie theatres have gone the way of the dodo bird, and nowadays are all owned by homogeneous big chains. Last night, I was pleasently surprised to see a big crowd turn out at Toronto's Royal Theatre on College Street to see a French thriller, The Page Turner. The real thrill for me was sitting in this theatre, one of the small handful of original theatres still left in tact in Toronto. There seems to be a subculture of people who love old theatres and there have been many neighbourhood protests over the years when they get closed down. I suppose they are no longer efficient to operate as businesses but still, some are historic and mean a lot to people who love them.