Toronto Screening Calendar: March 2019

Dozens of incredible screenings taking place all over the city this month

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:

Sui generis: An Alternative History of Mexican Cinema

Guillermo del Toro and TIFF programmer Diana Sanchez co-curate this expansive and eclectic survey of Mexican film history.

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Fearless: The Films of Katharine Hepburn

This select retrospective honours the legacy of an icon who ceaselessly challenged Hollywood’s prescriptive gender roles and helped define the mid-century idea of the “modern woman.”

The Pleasure of Seeing: The Sublime Cinema of Max Ophüls

Featuring several rarities and restorations, this retrospective celebrates the German master whose famously opulent visual style never overshadowed his moral gravity and formal mastery.

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March 1st – 3rd

What The Film Fest 2019 @ The Royal

What The Film Festival 2019

The Laser Blast Film Society is proud to present the 5th edition of the What The Film Festival, an annual celebration of contemporary eccentric cinema.

March 1

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Mad Monkey Kung Fu (1979) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Presented as part of Kung Fu Fridays: Fatal Fists and Crazy Kicks from the Shaw Brothers.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) @ Cinesphere

Thelma and Louise (1991) @ Cineplex Cinemas Yonge and Dundas

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Tommy (1975) FREE @ Innis Town Hall 

 

March 2

Out of Sight (1998) 35mm @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Eve and the Fire Horse (2005) 35mm @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) @ Cinesphere

 

March 3

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) @ Cinesphere

Birdland (2018) FREE @ U of T Media Commons

Director Peter Lynch will be in attendance to introduce and discuss his work in a post-screening question and answer period, his short film Arrowhead (1994) starring Don McKellar will also be screened. Part of the Toronto on Film series, this event is free and open to the public.

 

March 4

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Cruel Intentions (1999) FREE @ The Royal

Presented by NOW Free Flick Mondays.

Thelma and Louise (1991) @ Cineplex Cinemas Yonge and Dundas

 

March 6

Election (1999) @ The Royal

The Big Lebowski (1998) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

 

March 7

No Fear, No Die (1990) 35mm @ The Royal

Join BLACK GOLD in celebrating their 2nd anniversary with a rare, 35mm screening of French master Claire Denis’ intelligent and stunning film. A limited amount of *FREE* tickets for this screening will be set aside for members of the black community.

My Girl (1991) @ Revue Cinema

Emily Gagne and Danita Steinberg (hosts of What About Meryl?) are launching a podcast and screening series 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.

Slipstream (1989) @ Eyesore Cinema

Trashterpiece Theatre Presents this 80s cult film as part of March Hammilfest!

 

March 8

The Conversation (1974) @ The Royal

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) @ Cinesphere

Thelma and Louise (1991) @ Cineplex Cinemas Yonge and Dundas

Hard Day’s Night (1964) FREE @ Innis Town Hall

 

March 9 

Zardoz (1974) @ The Royal

This screening will be accompanied by an original live score from electronic composer Jess Forrest (aka Castle If), equipped with a small, yet powerful assembly of analog synthesizers!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: The IMAX Experience (2001) @ Cinesphere 

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) @ Cinesphere

 

March 10

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: The IMAX Experience (2001) @ Cinesphere

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) @ Cinesphere

Basic Instinct (1992) @ The Royal 

Happy Birthday Sharon Stone!

 

March 11

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: The IMAX Experience (2001) @ Cinesphere

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) @ Cinesphere

Hair (1979) @ The Royal

Shampoo (1975) 4K Restoration @ The Royal

 

March 12

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The IMAX Experience (2002) @ Cinesphere

Hair (1979) @ The Royal

Shampoo (1975) 4K Restoration @ The Royal

Spirited Away (2001) @ Cinesphere

Thelma and Louise (1991) @ Cineplex Cinemas Yonge and Dundas

 

March 13 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The IMAX Experience (2002) @ Cinesphere

Spirited Away (2001) @ Cinesphere

Black Sunday (1960) @ The Royal

The Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto, in collaboration with the Italian Contemporary Film Festival presents the first in a retrospective of three Italian horror films from the three most renowned directors of the genre: Bava, Argento and Fulci!

 

March 14

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The IMAX Experience (2002) @ Cinesphere

Spirited Away (2001) @ Cinesphere

Ricki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991) @ The Royal

Presented by Eastern Promises.

 

March 15

Fire in the Sky (1993) @ The Royal

Communion (1989) @ The Royal

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The IMAX Experience (2004) @ Cinesphere

Spaceballs (1987) @ Cineplex Cinemas Yonge and Dundas

The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter (1983) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Presented as part of Kung Fu Fridays: Fatal Fists and Crazy Kicks from the Shaw Brothers.

The Guyver (1991) @ Eyesore Cinema

Josie and the Pussycats (2001) FREE @ Innis Town Hall

 

March 16

Glen or Glenda (1953) and Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) @ Revue Cinema

Dumpster Raccoon Cinema presents its first ever double-bill screening, along with a pre-show drag performance by GAY JESUS!

Saturday Night Fever (1977) @ The Royal

The R rated version.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The IMAX Experience (2004)@ Cinesphere

Mon Oncle (1958) 35mm @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Ricki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991) @ The Royal

 

March 17

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The IMAX Experience (2004) @ Cinesphere

Hellboy (2004) @ Cinesphere

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) @ The Royal

 

March 18

125 Years Memory (2015) FREE @ The Royal

 

March 19

Spaceballs (1987) @ Cineplex Cinemas Yonge and Dundas

Dazed and Confused (1993) @ The Royal

Accompanied with a performance by Dan Mangan as part of Indie 88’s Band and a Movie series.

 

March 20

Tommy (1975) @ The Royal

 

March 21-23

The Empire Strikes Back (1980) In Concert @ Roy Thompson Hall

With a live score by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

 

March 21

Kamikaze 89 (1986) @ The Royal

Neon Dreams presents the Toronto premiere of the 4K restoration for what might just be the most WTF film that has ever graced our screen. Buckle up for an outrageous, once-in-a-lifetime ride through futuristic (that’s right, it’s set in 1989) Berlin. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Canada Council For Refugees

Wheels on Meals (1984) @ Revue Cinema

A ticket to this Food in Film presentation includes a food pairing created by Craig Wong, the chef/owner of Patois on Dundas Street West.

 

March 22

Pulp Fiction (1994) @ Cinesphere

Spaceballs (1987) @ Cineplex Cinemas Yonge and Dundas

The Last Picture Show (1971) @ The Royal

Presented by Ladies of Burlesque.

Down By Law (1986) 35mm @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Wizard of Oz (1939) FREE @ Innis Town Hall

 

March 23

Golddiggers of 1933 (1933) 35mm @ Revue Cinema

Presented by Designing the Movies, admiring the crucial contributions of below-the-line craft in both popular favorites and forgotten gems from across the decades, genres and eras.

The Muppet Movie (1979) @ Revue Cinema

Bad Boys (1995) @ Revue Cinema

Presented by Drunken Cinema, providing an interactive drinking game twist to enhance the viewing experience.

Pulp Fiction (1994) @ Cinesphere

Paris, Texas (1984) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

 

March 24

A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923) @ Revue Cinema

Part of Silent Revue – Toronto’s only year-round dedicated selection of silent films in a theatrical venue with live musical accompaniment.

Tommy (1975) @ The Royal

Pulp Fiction (1994) @ Cinesphere

Drop Dead Fred (1991) @ The Royal

Arrive a half-hour before this Mega Fun Movie Explosion because there will be games, activities and a chance to join in on a raffle for some prizes that are definitely not imaginary!

Cemetery Man (1994) @ The Royal

 

March 25

Love & Friendship (2015) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Writer-director Whit Stillman discusses his adaptation of a long-unpublished Jane Austen novella, which tells the deliciously scruple-free tale of a charmingly devious widow (Kate Beckinsale) looking to land herself a wealthy new husband.

 

March 26

Spaceballs (1987) @ Cineplex Cinemas Yonge and Dundas

The Last Days of Disco (1998) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Writer-director Whit Stillman introduces the final instalment in his trilogy of sophisticated social-study satires about the lives of beautiful, young, spoiled city dwellers: an affectionate and witty look at the early 1980s Manhattan nightclub scene.

Clifford (1994) 35mm @ The Royal

Happy Birthday Martin Short!

 

March 27

The Grey Fox (1982) 35mm + FREE @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

This Archival print is presented as part of TIFF’s See The North series, highlighting Canadian classics.

 

March 28

A Free Soul (1931) @ Revue Cinema

Presented by Designing the Movies, admiring the crucial contributions of below-the-line craft in both popular favorites and forgotten gems from across the decades, genres and eras.

 

March 29

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) @ Cinesphere

The Matrix (1999) @ Cineplex Cinemas Yonge and Dundas

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.

Legendary Weapons of China (1982) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Presented as part of Kung Fu Fridays: Fatal Fists and Crazy Kicks from the Shaw Brothers.

Straight Outta Compton (2015) FREE @ Innis Town Hall

 

March 30 

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) @ Cinesphere

The Bad Sleep Well (1960) 35mm @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Le Pont Du Nord (1981) 35mm @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

 

March 31

The Public Enemy (1931) @ Revue Cinema

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) @ Cinesphere

The Matrix (1999) @ Cineplex Cinemas Yonge and Dundas

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