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Places to see Classic Movies in Toronto

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Places to see classic movies in Toronto


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Meetup.com groups:


The Toronto Classic Film Group is another group on Meetup.com focusing on older movies. This group is different in that the organizer (Alex) books a venue to screen a movie exclusively for the members of the group and by doing so is able to show a variety of movies that the local theatres may not otherwise play.

There are other meetup groups that occasionally meet for classic movies and those are listed at the very end of this page.

Theatres and other venues:


The Cineplex chain of theatres has been playing a fair number of classic films as part of their Classic Film Series and Most Wanted Mondays. The Yonge and Dundas location also has a dedicated screen for non-first run offerings which they screen for just $6 per person.

The TIFF Bell Lightbox had been offering a lot of great classics as part of their Hollywood Classics series, but recent updates of the schedule have been completely void of classic offerings, we'll keep our fingers crossed for some classics on future schedule updates.

The Revue Cinema runs an infrequent Silent Sundays series which also features musical accompaniment. They also occasional add the odd classic to their regular schedule.

Years ago the Bloor Cinema use to play tons of classic movies. Now the theatre has new owners and a new focus on documentary films (and a new name - the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema), but the odd classic stills shows up on the schedule occasionally - usually listed as part of the "Back to the Bloor" series. For those that wanna do the Time Warp again they also show the Rocky Horror Picture Show each month.

In the not so distance past the following rep theatres played a fair number of classic movies, but it is pretty rare nowadays. You may wanna check in case something sneaks onto their schedules: The Fox, The Royal, The Kingsway, and The Mt. Pleasant [no website]

The Yonge-Dundas Square runs a Summer-long series of free movies in the Square each Tuesday and the program has been peppered with classics in years past.

Harbourfront­ will also be showing free movies outdoors on Wednesdays during July and August.

If you are a fan of B-movies check out Trash Palace. They play a different 16mm movie at 9:30pm each Friday.

Festivals and other screenings:


The Toronto Silent Film Festival happens each April and features several great silent classics with live musical accompaniment at a variety of venues.

The Toronto Film Society takes one of the screens over at the Carlton Cinemas for a great series of double-bills for one Sunday and one Monday each month during the Fall and Winter. During the Summer session they have a double-bill scheduled for almost every Monday during July and August. Very detailed notes about the movies, the actors, and directors are prepared for each movie and given to all attendees. In August they are planning a trip to the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York to raid their film archives and watch some gems from the collection.

Every other month the Toronto Film Noir Synidicate presents a film noir classic along with some bonus shorts and trailers. Past screenings have taken place in the back room of a bar so you can enjoy a nice pint with the feature.

As part of their schedule the Toronto Theatre Organ Society presents a couple of silent films at Casa Loma each year with one of their members on the castle's ninety year-old Wurlitzer organ.

About three times a year pianist Robert Bruce presents a silent classic and provides the musical accompaniment. Past screenings have taken place at the Trinity-St. Paul's United Church on Bloor and have included an annual Halloween screening of F.W. Murnau’s Faust (1926).

If you don't mind travelling a bit to catch some classics then you might be interested in the Vintage Film Festival that takes place in Cobourg and Port Hope during late October each year. They show at least one Marie Dressler movie each year (see why on their website). Almost every movie they have shown in the last twenty years are pre-1955 features with a heavy focus on the 1930s. Silent movies are each presented with piano accompaniment.

More meetup groups that occasional get together for classic movies:


Mad About Movies

Thumbs Up Theatre

Sunday Afternoon at the Movies

Films in Focus

Last edited May 17, 2013. To make suggestions for additions to this list please use the contact link in the left-hand column.
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