Magazine article Variety

Restored Bloor Opens Its Doors for Docs

Magazine article Variety

Restored Bloor Opens Its Doors for Docs

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The Bloor is back on the festival map. Home of the Toronto fest's Midnight Madness section until 1994, the venerable venue has had many incarnations - opening as one of the city's first "picture palaces" in 1913 and operating as a repertory house for the past 30 years.

After a $3 million renovation (improved seating, new projection and sound among other things), the Bloor re-opened in spring under the management of the Hot Docs film festival as a year-round spot for first-run documentaries and some rep fare.

The 700-plus seater - easily reached via subway or a short taxi ride from the fest hub - is nestled in a dynamic, street-level neighborhood lined with bistros, shops and nightlife. During Toronto, the theater will roll out the red carpet for evening Vanguard preems (see related story) and will screen edgy and specialized fare, including docs.

But with 30-plus docs set to unspool, Toronto Docs programmer Thorn Powers says pics will play at virtually all fest venues. …

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