Restricted: Ontario film censorship in the 1950s

Restricted: Ontario film censorship in the 1950s

  While rummaging through the Revue Cinema’s projection booth in preparation for a recent Silent Sundays screening, I found this old “Adult entertainment” sign buried under some obsolete  electronics. As we recently examined, Ontario was the first Canadian province to enact “Adult entertainment” film designations, reflecting the public’s reaction to the changing mores in Hollywood and European film-making. With their playful italics and authoritative bold type, these signs dangled underneath a theatre’s marquee or canopy —…

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Early Toronto Newsreels at the Revue

Early Toronto Newsreels at the Revue

Come out to the Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles on Wednesday night for a glimpse at some of Toronto’s rarely-seen visual heritage with Early Cinema Screenings, presented by the Domitor Association. I’ve been attending the 11th Domitor Conference on the study of early cinema this week, and needless to say, I’ve become a giant sponge, taking in all the information from the lectures delivered by worldwide academics, some whose work I’d admired for a long time,…

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Creepy Classics Presents Bela Lugosi in Dracula!

Dracula (1931) Directed by Tod Browning Written by Hamilton Dean (based on Bram Stoker’s novel) Starring Bela Lugosi, Dwight Frye, David Manners, Edward van Sloan PG | 75 min | 35mm Call it the Anti-Twilight double bill – Creepy Classics returns to The Revue Cinema on December 3 with Tod Browning’s Dracula (1931 – 7pm), followed by the recent telling of the Victorian tale with Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992 – 9:15). Away…

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Lecture on Toronto Theatres at the Revue Cinema

Above image from January 1929 shows Yonge St. facing north from Queen St. On the bill at the Loews Yonge St. is a Buster Keaton film, probably Steamboat Bill. Source: Toronto Transit Commission. Ten-cent admission, newsreels, adventure serials and slapstick. That’s what you would find if you could return to the early days of movie-going. As this site, dedicated to preserving the stories of our varied theatres, nears its first anniversary, I am partnering with…

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