Hot Docs acquires Bloor Cinema, hopes to open this fall

Hot Docs acquires Bloor Cinema, hopes to open this fall

Soon, Bloor Cinema will change (ever so slightly) (Image: Laura Antonik) 

Which Toronto film festival is the proud owner of a brand new exhibition space? No, it’s not that ubiquitous TIFF and their new Bell Lightbox tower, it’s Hot Docs, which just acquired the lease of Bloor Cinema in the Annex. The space, currently undergoing renovation to update the space’s technical equipment and incorporate aesthetic changes, is set to open in the fall under administration by Hot Docs. The Docs crew will manage programming year-round at the independent theatre, showing mainly (stay with us on this one) documentaries and hosting other festivals and programming of interest to cinephiles (so, very similar to the way Bloor Cinema used to be run, except with more documentaries). Sure, this building probably won’t have a fancy restaurant on the main floor, or a Fellini exhibit gracing its premises any time soon, but we’ll be just as happy with a screening of Inside Job followed by a late-night dinner at Guu Sakabar.