Century Theatre, Hamilton

Those ’50s biblical epics keep popping up on this site. Last weekend, while rummaging through letters and postcards in a Southern Ontario flea market, I found a pile of ticket stubs, mostly from the 1970s, but among them was a reserved-seating ticket to Cecil B. De Mille’s The Ten Commandments (1956), at Hamilton’s Century Theatre. Interesting timing, really, because the Century was demolished in January, 2010. The Century was originally named the Lyric and opened…

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King of Kings at Smash

King of Kings at Smash

Smash, an architectural salvage and curiosities shop in the Junction on Dundas St. W, recently unearthed the containers which once housed several prints of Nicholas Ray’s King of Kings (which I haven’t seen since I was a kid, but holy mackerel — Rip Torn played Judas?). Who knows what happened to the film, but they also have some flashy but heavy 70mm reels — not exactly the easiest thing to find nowadays —  which could…

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Remembering the Summer of ’89

by Eric Veillette This evening, the Bat Signal will illuminate the Annex area of uptown Toronto, but don’t expect to see the Caped Crusader skyjacking out of First Canadian Place with some white-collar criminal. Instead, you’ll find him on the screen at the Bloor Cinema for a 35mm presentation of Tim Burton’s Batman. I haven’t seen it on a big screen since the Harbourfront Centre did an outdoor series of Burton’s films during the summer…

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