Get ready for documentarymania! The Annex’s century-old movie institution has been made over and is officially ready for its closeup. The docs come fast and furious starting March 12.
Just yesterday, Slate.com issued a very thoughtful plea for better recognition for all the great documentaries being made these days. So it’s especially fitting that today, Torontonians learned that the renovated and renamed Bloor Hot Docs Cinema will be re-opening on March 12.
As we reported last summer, Toronto-based film company Blue Ice Group teamed up with Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival to buy the century-old Bloor Street movie institution. It’s been shuttered since then, but will be back to regularly scheduled programs soon enough: The theatre relaunches with free screenings of Lucy Walker’s Waste Land (March 12–13), followed by an opening week roster that includes Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel and Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey (both beginning March 16).
They’ve also introduced an impressive slate of recurring series, like Essential Docs and Back to the Bloor, the latter of which will showcase the cult flicks screened by the Bloor in its rep house heyday. For the full schedule and other re-launch info, go to bloorcinema.com.