EYESORE CINEMA 801 Queen West, second floor,.
EYESORE CINEMA 801 Queen West, second floor, 416-955-1599, eyesorecinema.blogspot.com
Finding Avatar online or on demand is a breeze. Downloading Sonny Boy, a moody 1989 flick starring David Carradine in drag that got director Robert Martin Carroll blacklisted in Hollywood? Not so much.
That’s why we still rent from fiercely independent movie stores like Eyesore Cinema. Owner Daniel Hanna curates a mix of imports, obscure, out-of-print and otherwise off-the-radar flicks. The shop, above Rotate This, is a hub of alt film connoisseurship, sponsoring Rue Morgue screenings at the Bloor Cinema and proudly shunning most Hollywood blockbusters.
You only need to scan the lineup of Eyesore’s top rentals to understand what Hanna’s customers want to watch. Finnish horror film Sauna and action-adventure flick Sharks In Venice are number one and two on the list.
Eyesore Cinema picks: New-release rentals are $4.50 for two nights, while catalogue films are $3.50 for seven nights settle in with the complete TV seasons of True Blood, Lost or Dexter for $10.
Look for: A $50 premium membership that gets you great discounts on rentals and late fees.
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 3 to 10 pm, Thursday to Saturday noon to 11 pm, Sunday 1 to 10 pm.