REVUE CINEMA RELAUNCH Film buffs, rejoice. A small but dedicated group of cineastes has rescued the historic Roncesvalles rep cinema and celebrates with a grand reopening screening of a mystery classic and an after-party. Today (Thursday, October 4), at 7 pm. 400 Roncesvalles. $20 movie and party, $10 party only (at Lithuanian Hall, 1573 Bloor West). www.revuecinema.ca. Rating: NNNNN
How did you save the Revue?
My husband and I got together and called a meeting, and people were really chagrined it was closing. We established a not-for-profit group, and after a couple of our bids to lease the theatre were rejected, local residents, 79-year-old Danny Mullin and his wife, Letty, stepped in to buy the theatre and lease it to us.
What's so special about the Revue?
Going to the Revue is not like going to the multiplex, which is like a mall with a movie screen. It's a small 244-seat cocoon and it creates a movie-going experience. Afterwards you step out into a neighbourhood, not the vast expanse of a parking lot. We'll be showing second-run movies, a book-to-film series and kids' programs, and there are many small film festivals that need a home.
What's your favourite Revue memory?
I used to take my first baby to Movies For Mommies, which was great and something we'll be continuing now.
Where do you like to go after a screening to talk about what you saw?
I like to go to the Local, a nice bar right next door to the Revue, or to the Silver Spoon or Butler's Pantry. In the summer, Bravo Gelato across the street is great. The theatre's in a real neighbourhood.