Smack dab in the middle of Little Italy, this art deco style theatre has remained a popular movie venue for Torontonians. Opening in 1939, The Royal Cinema has persevered through hard times and now doubles as both a cinema and a post-production studio. The cinema holds only a single theatre, but it’s a nice change of scenery to the giant chain cinemas we’ve become so accustomed to.
Entering the main doors under the glow of the marquee – visitors will find the concession stand offering beer and wine, as well as soft drinks, candy and of course, popcorn.
The Royal differs from regular theatres as it does not show current blockbuster hits – but rather independent films, documentaries, special screenings and premiers, live shows and stand-up comedy, as well as themed movie series – showing the best monster movies, or fan-favourite Wes Anderson movies.
Two events you should try not to miss are their NOW Free Flick Mondays – showing a great film for free admission, and Indie88’s Band & a Movie – which showcases a performance by a local band followed by their flick of choice.
This intimate theatre experience is something I’ve always found to be a fun, low-key night out – and you can start or end your night off by visiting one of the great restaurants or bars in the neighbourhood!