Yesterday was a good day for Toronto cinephiles. Torontoist broke the story that The Toronto Underground Cinema, a project spearheaded by Charlie Lawton and former Bloor Cinema staff Alex Woodside and Nigel Agnew, will be opening its Queen St West and Spadina Ave. doors as soon as May 14.
The 706 seat theatre will screen second-run popular fare but ultimately aims to specialize cult classics, seldom-seen treasures and in events similar to the screening series hosted by Edgar Wright and Kevin Smith and the shadowcast productions of Blue Velvet, Jurassic Park and Buffy the Vampire Slayer that Woodside and Agnew brought to the Bloor last year.
The programmers are also hoping to reach out to the local film community and offer screening space to a handful of Toronto’s many film festivals and homegrown filmmakers.
“There’s a lot of great people in this city who love movies and doing movie-related things,” Woodside told Torontoist, “and we want to work with them to give them a space to do stuff as well.”
For more information (and to chime in on programming suggestions), check out the Toronto Underground Cinema Facebook Group.