Toronto cinephiles got a bit of a shock today when treasured independent movie house the Bloor Cinema announced it will be temporarily (we hope) closing its doors for renovations.
The Bloor's operators say that they will be reopening in time for Doc Soup and the After Dark Film Festival (both in October), but the vagueness of the statement they've posted online isn't so reassuring. Given the competition for moviegoers' money between multiplexes and now TIFF Bell Lightbox, Bloor's loyal members would prefer that the theatre's owners swear on a stack of Bibles that they will definitely, absolutely, honest-and-for-true be opening their doors again.
The online statement says there will be a "more detailed announcement on or about July 1st" that will let us know more about the renovations and how long they will take. The seating and sound system could probably use an upgrade, but here's hoping they also do something to improve the lobby, which can give you some pretty realistic G20 kettling flashbacks whenever the place is crowded.
The sale of Bloor membership cards has been suspended until further notice, and members have the option of either holding onto their cards until the doors reopen or turning them in for a one-time $5 evening admission. The good news is that as a reward for their loyalty, members with expired cards can continue getting discounts throughout June, and until the renovations commence prices have been slashed to $7 for matinees and $9 for evening shows.