For anyone living in the Toronto area, here are my picks for the best places to either watch classic films on the big screen, or shop for movie memorabilia!
Hollywood Canteen: A store located on the Danforth with a second location in Mirvish Village right next to Vintage Video on Markham St., Hollywood Canteen is a labour of love. Stocked full of movie memorabilia, books on film criticism, biographies, sheet music, DVDs, posters, and so much more! My favourite Toronto hotspot... it's classic movie heaven!
Vintage Video: Located in Mirvish Village on Markham St., this adorable shop is your best bet to find that hard-to-find classic title on DVD! They keep copies of the Warner Archive Collection in stock! Original posters and lobby cards also fill the walls and many are for sale.
TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre: The Toronto International Film Festival Theatre also presents many classic films on the big screen. They also frequently have exhibitions on Old Hollywood stars, tributes to classic film directors, and various guest speakers who come to talk about classic films and film directors. Funky venue, with a killer gift shop full of academic and specialty film books and TIFF merchandise. Screenings are also very reasonably priced (most are $10 and under).
The Revue Cinema: A not-for-profit cinema located at 400 Roncesvalles Ave., The Revue screens many classic films along with new releases. An vintage-style theatre with red seats and a huge, vintage wide screen. A little gem in the city!
The Film Buff: One of the best places to rent films in Toronto, with a well-stocked classics section. They also carry the wonderful Criterion Collection DVDs in stock. There are two locations: 73 Roncesvalles Avenue and 1380 Queen Street East. The Roncesvalles location groups their films by genre, while Queen Street East tends to categorize the films by their directors. Membership is free.
Queen Video: A great gem at Queen West and Spadina, this is another great place to rent classics. They even carry some of the Warner Archive for rent. Extremely reasonably priced (a 7-day rental was only $3.75), and membership is free!