Bloor Cinema Closes for Repairs After Partial Ceiling Collapse

posted by jlangdon on January 26, 2004 at 6:06 am

TORONTO, CANADA — Last Friday, January 16, during the premiere of the film ‘The Corporation’, a small portion of the ceiling of the Bloor Cinema fell on patrons, according to a report in the Toronto Star.

The cinema had to be evacuated and has been closed for repairs since. before the theater can reopen, the Fire Department must approve the completed repair work. The latest word is that the Bloor will remain closed through at least next Saturday (January 31).

The Bloor was built in 1905 as The Madison, on the north side of Bloor St W, near Bathurst St. In 1940, after major renovations, it was renamed the Midtown and operated under that name until the late 60s. From then through the 70s, it operated under the names the Capri and the Eden.

In 1980, the Festival Cinemas, second run chain acquired the theatre and renamed it the Bloor, a name formerly held by a neighbouring theatre that operates today as concert hall Lee’s Palace.

In 1999, the Bloor left the Festival chain and went independent. It still shows mainly second run films and is the home to several independent film festivals through the year.

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