Good news, everyone! As Professor Hubert Farnsworth would invariably begin each episode of Futurama, before regaling some terrible news. Which is why, although this is some great news, we almost want to yell ‘Terrible news, everyone!’ Just to be contrary. And no, we’re not talking about new episodes of Futurama on Comedy Central. This good news is far better than that – the Royal is going to continue being a theatre. Bought up for $2.3 million by Theatre D Digital, which currently operates the Regent Theatre on Mt. Pleasant, much like the Regent it will be used as a post-production facility during the day, and they will use the money from that to operate it as a movie theatre in the evening. We’re told that whether it will remain a rep theatre is unclear – The Regent merely shows second-run movies at first-run prices.
So, the Royal will likely be closed this summer as the new management takes over and renovates the basement and projection booth, but it could reopen as early as September! Then again, Torontoist have actually seen the basement of the Royal (the former home of Colin Geddes Kung Fu Kollection, which, we’re told, is now at it’s new home at U of T) and it was filthy in ways we can’t describe. Though were we going to, we’d use the phrase ‘mouse poop’ a lot.
Some slightly better than awful news for the Revue, too – As Festival Cinemas have never owned the Revue, it’s conceivable that with some backing the community group Save the Revue could take possession of the property (please note the could) so we should keep our eyes open for developments there. The Kingsway does good business too, so might have a future, but the Paradise has never done well, so it’s likely to die (sorry).
Friday June 30th is the last day for all these cinemas as a Festival Cinema, so no matter how they go on to exist (or not exist) you might want to pop along to say goodbye anyway. Full listings after the jump.
7:00 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
9:20 Casablanca (1942)
7:00 Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005)
9:00 Thank You For Smoking (2005)
11:00 Koyaanisqatsi (1983) – admission includes a free small popcorn!
4:00 The Wizard of Oz (1939) – admission only $1!
7:30 Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
7:00 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)
9:00 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)