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Staff Picks: 5 Unmistakable Moviehouses

The TIFF Bell Lightbox is a sleek shrine to cinema (photo by Maris Mezulis)

Everyone loves going to the cinema. Whether you want to take in the latest Hollywood blockbuster or prefer to catch a though-provoking documentary, these Toronto movie theatres are great venues at which to screen your favourite flicks.

AMC Yonge & Dundas
Though its exterior may not be much to look at, this complex is a great place to grab some popcorn and enjoy a new release—or just take a breather from the shopping frenzy at neighbouring Toronto Eaton Centre. North American fare makes up the majority of the screening schedule, but there is also a smattering of major movies from India, Asia and elsewhere. The building also houses multiple casual restaurants and a full food court, so you’re unlikely to go hungry before or after your showtime. 10 Dundas St. E., 416-335-5323.

Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
This facility first opened its doors in 1913—under the name the Madison Picture Palace—and was one of Toronto’s first venues for watching movies. Firmly ensconced in the Annex neighbourhood, the independent theatre was recently renovated, and now serves as the home of Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival. 506 Bloor St. W., 416-637-3123.

Revue Cinema
A beloved Roncesvalles-area landmark, the Revue has quite the dramatic (recent) history. The theatre was to be closed in 2006, but its plight brought the community together; funds were raised, the building was given a facelift, and it reopened in 2007. Now a not-for-profit cinema, the Revue’s programming includes documentaries, independent movies, as well as a number of second-run films. 400 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-531-9950.

Scotiabank Theatre
An anchor in the Entertainment District, this huge multiplex screens many of Hollywood’s tentpole releases in 3D and Imax. It also boasts a new UltraAVX cinema with a wall-to-wall screen, state-of-the-art sound, and plush reserved seating. 259 Richmond St. W., 416-368-5600.

TIFF Bell Lightbox
In addition to its starring role as the headquarters of the Toronto International Film Festival, this building hosts screenings of the absolute best in global cinema year-round. It’s also a great public gathering place, with two restaurants, galleries, a gift shop with movie-related goodies, and learning studios for emerging filmmakers. 350 King St. W., 416-599-8433.

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