For years now, Toronto’s far west end has been something of a dead zone when it comes to movie-going. In the stretch between High Park and Mississauga, there is exactly one multiplex, the Queensway Cinemas in Mimico. The only other option, for a long time, was the historic Kingsway Theatre on Bloor Street near Royal York Road, a mouldering outpost of the now-defunct Festival Cinemas repertory chain. The latest comeback story is the Humber Cinema at Bloor and Jane, set to re-open Apr. 29 after having been out of commission for nearly a decade. According to Paula McInerney, who runs the nearby McLellan Jewellers and chairs the Bloor West Village BIA, everybody in the local business community is “very excited” about the Humber’s return, and the hope is that it will bring more pedestrian traffic to the neighbourhood. Click here to view full article.
When I first moved to Bloor West Village, there were two movie theatres: The Runnymede, at the corner of Bloor & Runnymede, and the venerable Humber Cinema at the corner of Bloor & Jane. Both have since been closed down: the Runnymede became the latest “chapter” of a well-known bookstore chain; and the Humber was slated to become the victim of a condo project, and has been shuttered for the past seven years. With the re-opening of the newly renovated Humber, in just a few days, Bloor West Village will once again become a neighbourhood where residents can walk to the movies!