Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema is big standout for me among all other movie houses in Toronto because of its dedication to the art of documentary filmmaking.
First-run productions from Canada and across the globe are featured at this charming Annex location all year long, but the indie action really heats up in late April/early May when the Hot Docs Documentary Festival comes to town.
Typically, three or four different movies are shown each day, with a premiere screening often on Fridays (sometimes followed by Q&A with the Director). The theatre also hosts special events throughout the year like the Banff Mountain Film Festival in March and the Curious Minds Speaker Series.
The interior itself is a show as your admission ticket takes you back to the early 1940s when the building was rebuilt after demolition. I particularly appreciate the wood-panel walls and art deco details of the lobby and concession stand.
Speaking of which, the theatre offers a full bar that allows you to bring cans of beer, glasses of wine or a cocktail right to your seat. Tea drinkers will love the eight varieties available, and those who drink coffee have the option of adding Irish cream to their brew.
What’s Spot On:
• The Dude’s traditional New Year’s Party featuring bathrobes, White Russians, and a presentation of The Big Lebowski.
• Seating at the front of the balcony for people with long legs.