Doors Open Screening Programme
10:00AM-5:30PM, May 26-27, 2018
Join us in the city’s oldest operating cinema for a weekend of free public programming, celebrating Toronto’s rich movie-going history through shorts, cartoons & sponsored films showcasing a growing city.
Programme 1 (Screens daily 12:00PM)
- Glimpses of Toronto (Canadian Motion Picture Bureau, 1924, 6min.) Static shots of U of T grounds; CNE; Sunnyside Beach, Casa Loma; Osgoode Hall; downtown skyscrapers
- Canada’s Queen City (Canadian Motion Picture Bureau, 1930, 12min.) Non-narrative look at Toronto with inventive cinematography: City Hall, the birthplace of Mary Pickford, Queen’s Park, CNE, Sunnyside
- 40 Million Miles a Year (Associated Screen Pictures, 1948, 31min.) A comprehensive look at Toronto’s transit system, shot in Kodachrome, with vibrant shots of the city. This is one of the only known examples of this sponsored film – it does not exist in the TTC’s archive.
16mm elements for the above programme scanned by Niagara Custom Lab
Programme 2 (Screens daily 1:00PM & 4:15PM)
- Downtown Theatre Opening Night (20th Century Theatres, 1948, 1min.) Opening promo ad for the former Downtown Theatre at Yonge & Dundas. Original 35mm nitrate element scanned by Frame Discreet.
- This Way Please (Canadian Odeon Cinema Chain, 1948, 65min.) Cinema management training film produced by Rank-Odeon Cinemas for its 1940s expansion into Canada.
35mm elements for the above programme scanned by Frame Discreet
Programme 3: (Screens daily 10:00AM & 2:15PM)
- Progress Report on the Construction of Canada’s First Subway (Associated Screen Pictures, 1950, 26min.)
- Flip the Frog: The Cuckoo Murder Case (Ub Iwerks, 1930, 8min.)
- Canada Carries On: Johnny at the Fair (NFB, 1957, 10min.) A 4 year old boy becomes separated from his parents at the CNE but has fun visiting the exhibits, shaking hands with Prime Minister Mackenzie King, meeting Joe Louis, Olsen & Johnson and Barbara Ann Scott. Narrated by Lorne Greene
- Movies Are Adventure (Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, 1948, 9min.) With the arrival of television, film producers want to remind the movie-going public that Movies are indeed Adventure. Features clips from various classic films.
- Toronto Blue Jays: The First Year (Labatt, 1977, 25min.) An in depth look at the first year of the Toronto Blue Jays.
- Diary of a Sidewalk Superintendent (Motion Picture Centre Ltd., 1960, 29min.) Construction of the O’Keefe Centre (now the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts) from the point of view of an interested citizen
The Revue Cinema’s participation in this year’s Doors Open is thanks to the generous support of the following organizations: