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Toronto Screening Calendar: January 2019

With the embarrassment of riches being shown on Toronto’s multiple screens dedicated to repertory cinema, we decided it was high time to create a monthly guide for all of our local readers. Highlighting everything from the classic to the bizarre, from the backroom at Eyesore Cinema to the recently reopened Ontario Cinesphere, we’ve included dozens of screenings taking place all over the city. Find out which ones are FREE, which are 35mm prints, and which screenings are accompanied by special guests and other performances, from burlesque dancing and live bands, to the classic monthly shadowcast screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Also be sure to check out some of these ongoing, extensive retrospectives at the TIFF Bell Lightbox:

Close Encounters: The Cinema of Steven Spielberg

Starting December 21st, the filmmaker who redefined American popular cinema receives his first ever TIFF Cinematheque retrospective.


1999: Movies at the Millennium

The annus mirabilis that brought us such essential films as Eyes Wide Shut, Fight Club, Being John Malkovich, and Magnolia also marked a moment when cinema changed how we saw the world.

The Ties That Bind: The Films of James Gray

The first TIFF Cinematheque retrospective of an American filmmaker whose fidelity to cinematic tradition has often placed him at odds with the movies of the moment.


Jan. 1

Ponyo (2008) @ Revue Cinema

Presented as part of Revue Cinema’s Studio Ghibli on Screen series.

Jan. 2


Pulp Fiction (1994)  FREE @ The Royal

Presented by NOW Free Flick Mondays.

Princess Mononoke (1997) @ Revue Cinema


Jan. 3


Secret World of Arrietty (2010) @ Revue Cinema

Re-Animator (1985) @ Eyesore Cinema


Jan. 4

Eastern Promises Joint Security area

Joint Security Area (2000) @ The Royal


From the master auteur who changed your life with Oldboy and his vengeance trilogy, Eastern Promises is excited to present Park Chan Wook’s masterful and tragic political thriller, Joint Security Area, aka, J.S.A.


Jan. 5

The Double Life of Veronique  (1991) @ The Royal


Jan. 8

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) @ The Royal

The Royal celebrates late artists Nic Roeg and David Bowie.

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973) @ Revue Cinema


Jan. 9

Tough Guys Don't Dance

Tough Guys Don’t Dance (1987) @ The Royal

Presented by the Laser Blast Film Society.


Jan. 10

Psycho (1960) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Withnail and I (1987) @ Revue Cinema

Presented by Designing the Movies. Hosted by journalist Nathalie Atkinson, Designing the Movies uses at direction, production, set, and costume design as a lens for analysis.

Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) @ The Royal

Presented by Black Gold, a monthly film series dedicated to celebrating the best and most vibrant of Black screen icons from then ’til now.

Beatrice Cenci (1969) @ Eyesore Cinema

Presented by Trashterpiece Theatre.


Jan. 11

The Princess Bride (1987) @ Cinesphere

After Hours (1985) @ The Royal

Presented as part of the Up All Night series @ The Royal, a weekend of cult classics dedicated to the romance, calamity, and adrenaline-fueled hijinks of one-nighters.


Jan. 12

Before Sunrise (1995) @ The Royal

Presented as part of the Up All Night series @ The Royal

Night on Earth (1991) @ The Royal

Presented as part of the Up All Night series @ The Royal

Rock-A-Doodle (1991) @ The Royal

A baby friendly screening  – house lights on, and volume not-too-loud.

The Princess Bride (1987) @ Cinesphere


Jan. 13

Collateral Up All Night Fest

Collateral (2004) @ The Royal

Presented as part of the Up All Night series @ The Royal

City Girl (1930) @ The Revue

On 35mm with live piano by Marilyn Lerner. Part of Silent Revue – Toronto’s only year-round dedicated selection of silent films in a theatrical venue.

The Princess Bride (1987) @ Cinesphere


Jan. 16

Vivre Sa Vie (1962) 35MM @ The Royal

Presented by the Ladies of Burlesque, featuring a burlesque performance by Hanna Dolly Bradley aka Dolly Monroe!


Jan. 17

2019: After the Fall of New York (1983) @ Eyesore Cinema


Jan. 18

PROTOTYPE + a Selection of Recent Experimental 3D Shorts @ The Royal

MDFF presents PROTOTYPE, from local filmmaker and film critic Blake Williams, a work of speculative science fiction that takes its starting point from the 1900 hurricane that destroyed the town of Galveston, Texas.

Vengeance (1970) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Colin Geddes presents 10 of the most kick-ass kung-fu classics from the revered Hong Kong studio with Kung Fu Fridays: Fatal Fists and Crazy Kicks from the Shaw Brothers.

The 400 Blows (1959) @ The Royal

It’s the 60th anniversary of French New Wave auteur François Truffaut’s THE 400 BLOWS! Come celebrate in style with not one, but *two* slick digital restoration screenings of this landmark film.


Jan. 19

Jumanji (1995) @ Revue Cinema

Hosted and curated by local favourite and writer Crystal-Rose Madore, Throwback Cinema showcases the best of family and kid-friendly cinema from the 1970s-1990s, from blockbusters to cult classics.

The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) @ Revue Cinema

Part of the Dumpster Raccoon series hosted by Anthony Oliveira; screening trashy cult classics accompanied by live performances.

Festival (1967) @ Hot Docs Cinema

Part of the This Film Should Be Played Loud series, see new, classic and rare music docs on the big screen.


Jan. 20

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) @ The Royal 

The 400 Blows (1959) @ The Royal

Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) @ The Royal

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 Dream Warriors

Rue Morgue’s CineMacabre Movie Nights promise the best of classic and contemporary horror at The Royal Cinema – once a month, every month.


Jan. 23

More American Graffiti (1979) @ The Royal

Presented by Retropath!


Jan. 24

Cannibal! The Musical (1993) @ Eyesore Cinema

A League of Their Own (1992) @ Revue Cinema

Emily Gagne and Danita Steinberg (hosts of What About Meryl?) are launching a podcast about women in film at the Revue Cinema. We Really Like Her! celebrates women in front of (and behind) the camera. Fun guests–like screenwriters, editors, directors, producers, film programmers and critics–will weigh in, too.


Jan. 25

Scream (1996)  @ Revue Cinema

Purple Rain (1984) @ The Cinesphere

The Avenging Eagle (1978) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Colin Geddes presents 10 of the most kick-ass kung-fu classics from the revered Hong Kong studio with Kung Fu Fridays: Fatal Fists and Crazy Kicks from the Shaw Brothers.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) SHADOWCAST @ Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema

As always, Hot Docs will be presenting the cult classic with Toronto’s own Shadow Cast who will be performing their own satirical, comedic version of the film for audiences during the show.


Jan. 26

Scream (1996)  @ Revue Cinema

A special Drunken Cinema screening as chosen by the viewers!


Purple Rain (1984) @ The Cinesphere


Jan. 27

Purple Rain (1984) @ The Cinesphere


Jan. 28

Hair (1979) @ The Royal

A 40th anniversary screening of Hair paired with a beautiful restoration of Hal Ashby’s SHAMPOO!

Shampoo (1975) 4K Restoration @ The Royal


Jan. 29


Hair (1979) @ The Royal

Shampoo (1975) 4K Restoration @ The Royal


Jan. 31

Subway (1985) @ The Royal 

Presented by Neon Dreams Cinema Club.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) 35MM SOLD OUT @ Revue Cinema

Your ticket to this Food in Film screening includes slice of pizza courtesy Blondie’s Pizza.