Torontoist is sad to report that the Annex’s doc-driven underdog moviehouse, the Brunswick Theatre, is closing up shop (tonight!) before even being able to celebrate its first birthday.
Among the reasons for the closure, as given by owners Scott Gilbert and Bre Walt, were the high overhead costs, a lack of private rentals in the coming months, and the recent postering crackdown that stuck them with a $1500 fine. Not fun times for a fledgling theatre just trying to stay afloat.
They do however want to assure theatregoers and supporters that they aren’t necessarily closing for good, but rather shutting down the current location in hopes of reopening in 2008 at a more suitable venue—hopefully one that’s wheelchair accessible and with fewer infrastructure problems. Until then, Gilbert and Walt are taking their most popular films on the road to various university towns across southern Ontario in an effort to generate funds for the move.
Those with memberships should know that all PayPal subscriptions will be canceled, and anyone with outstanding time on their membership cards can bring their cards in to be exchanged for DVDs or books. That’s a book or DVD of your choice for any week remaining on your membership. Score!
Come out for the theatre’s last hurrah tonight at 7 p.m. for a screening of The Price of Sugar, a look at the plight of Haitian workers who are smuggled into the Dominican Republic to produce sugar for our consumption. According to the owners, “We have lots of popcorn to unload so come hungry!”
Later, lil’ buddy.
Photo by Jenelle Rupchand.