Lights, camera, popcorn puh-lease. Sometimes, the hustle and bustle of the city calls for a good old night at the movies. Skip the mobs of fifteen-year olds fighting to get good seats at the big-box theatres, and check out some of these cooler 18A options.
1. TIFF Bell Lightbox // 350 King St. West
Just because the celebs aren't here year round doesn't mean that great movies aren't. Although TIFF Bell Lightbox is best known for it's star-studded September screenings, it's also a luxy location to watch movies during the off season too. TIFF Bell Lightbox also holds tons of exclusives with their screenings, from live chats with famous actors (!!) to sing-a-long screenings of musicals like Grease. This theatre also has two amazing restaurants, Luma and Canteen, if you're craving something other than popcorn with your cultured evening.
2. The Royal // 608 College St.
If you ever have a case of the Mondays, The Royal has your back with FREE monthly screenings of cult classics like Almost Famous, with popcorn included for the first 100 people. Located in the heart of Little Italy, The Royal plays documentaries, foreign films & rare indie flicks. Perfect if you felt like getting your inner film buff on. Matinees are $8 for students, with late night $6 specials. Did we mention they serve beer? Ticket please!
Photo cred - Sam Javanrouh - Flickr
3. CineCycle // 129 Spadina St.
Sicker than your average cinema, CineCycle channels your grandpa's work shed with its bicycle lined walls, folding chairs and old-school film projector. Found in a graffiti'd alleyway down Spadina, it is anything but ordinary. Not in the mood for a movie? Try swinging by for an indie rock or art show sometime. Or to get some maintenance done on your bike - Cinecycle also functions as a repair shop!
4. Revue Cinema // 400 Roncesvalles Ave.
Everyone loves dinner and a show - the people at Revue Cinema are no different. Swing by for free snacks with your ticket to food-centered films. Catch classics here during special promo weeks from the likes of Spielberg, to The Little Rascals. If your pockets are feeling a little tight, you can always come by for a $5 Tuesday.
5. Fox Theatre // 2236 Queen St. East
100 years old and still a fox, the Fox Theatre is a great place to see a movie when you're in The Beaches. They serve wine, beer and stone-cold nostalgia with their vintage fixtures and classic red seats. Visit The Fox for back-to-back childhood favs like E. T and the Never Ending Story.
6. Rainbow Cinemas // 80 Front St. East
Did someone say free refills? Oh right, Rainbow Cinemas did. On popcorn AND soda. Top that off with $5 Tuesday tickets and you're looking at a date night that's cheaper than your Uber to the theatre. And as an added bonus? Their retro carpeting and neon signs are totally insta-worthy.
7. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema // 506 Bloor St. West
You've definitely walked by this building a thousand times - but did you know they host film festivals on the reg? Bloor Hot Docs is famous for holding quirky events after screenings, like stand-up comedy and poetry slams. Are you a die hard Die-Hard fan? Or maybe a Mean Girls major? Try dropping in for one of their special quote-off screenings to go head-to-head with your fellow film fanatics.
Photo cred - @halloconnie
8. The Kingsway Theatre // 3030 Bloor St. W
This Etobicoke classic cannot go unlooked - especially with their new bar and café. The Kingsway Theatre is the perfect place to go for a new release you just missed at the big chain theatres, with a much quieter, relaxed atmosphere. Kick back and enjoy the show with a glass of red-wine and a hot grilled cheese.
9. Carlton Cinema // 20 Carlton St.
This theatre, steps away from College Subway Station, could totally pass for your own private screening. Carlton Cinema offers a cozy, intimate atmosphere, with smaller sized theatres. They offer $5 dollar tickets on Tuesdays, which can call for a pretty full house. But what they lack in size, they make up in margarita slushies & free refills on popcorn.
10. Alliance Cinemas - The Beach // 1651 Queen St. E
Let's go to The Beach definitely means something different down on Queen East. The Beach is a great retro spot to see new releases for cheap - yet another $5 Tuesday spot. Movie goers are able to purchase baked goods, frozen yogurt and play vintage PacMan all from the comfort of the theatre.
11. 5 Drive-In Oakville // 2332 Ninth Line, Oakville ON
Yes, it's a little outside the city - but definitely worth the drive! 5 Drive-In offers 2 feature films for $12 a person - talk about getting double your money! Bring some blankets and get ready for a night of hot chocolate, funnel cakes and all the privacy you can't get in the back row of a normal theatre ?
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