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The shows must go on

Posted by Chip / October 31, 2006

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Beloved by many, missed by some, Cinéma du Parc reopened its doors this past Friday under new ownership, direction and management. It was just 3 months ago that MP reported, with sorrow, the closing of the downtown repetory theatre. Time to rejoice film lovers.

Now, I pass by the theatre everyday and had I not read about the reopening recently, I would have hardly noticed any recent activity. Not to push for a huge marketing campaign or anything, but it wouldn't hurt to let the public know that this theatre - discreetly hidden in an inconsequential shopping mall - is alive and kicking. Afterall, it seems that they're doing all the right things to bring back their loyal movie-goers. Promotions include: 8 film movie passes for $40 - including respecting old passes, 2 for 1 Sunday and Monday evenings (this, I find is really great - although Film Club may not appreciate it), cheap Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and free parking in the mall's underground lot. All those are great perks, but what will they be showing you ask?

Administrator Roland Smith lays it out in the cinema's 1st weekly newsletter (Vol. 1, No. 1, Oct.27th - Nov. 2, 2006), "These 3 theatres will grant a large part of their screen time to European cinema and will launch a discovery of the Latin American countries. The film works of the Asian countries will also have their share of screen time. Independent films and the new films from the great directors who work with larger budgets which are are distributed by the big studios will also be screened."

I guess that just about covers it.

Currently, there are 3 featured films running through November 2nd: Shortbus, Deliver us from Evil, and 49 UP. I haven't been back yet, but am excited by the prospect of sneaking out of work to catch a daytime matinee in the near future. The only question that remains is if and when the theatre will adopt its new name, Cinéma du Robert Bourassa.

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13 Comments

Omar / October 31, 2006 at 11:56 pm
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Damn you, Cinema du Parc. Damn you, Chip LeBec. DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!
OJ / November 1, 2006 at 10:15 am
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Omar, you may be interested to know that on their website, CDP (that's what the hip kids call it) has a section labelled "cinema rental"...any ideas?

http://www.cinemaduparc.com/english/locationcinemae.htm
Christopher DeWolf / November 2, 2006 at 03:09 am
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I saw Shortbus here tonight. It's the same old Parc, except they're missing the comfy chairs in the lobby and the new white paint job gives it a distinct art gallery atmosphere... not necessarily a bad thing considering its move away from repertory and cult films.
Marcus / November 2, 2006 at 10:16 pm
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I'm getting déjà vu. Didn't this happen before? CDP hoo-ha after its announcement of closing followed by a sudden reopening in advance of word that it will shut.
Christopher DeWolf / November 3, 2006 at 08:50 pm
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It's happened once before, in 1999, when the Martin brothers closed the cinema and Don Lobel swooped in at the last minute and bought it, reopening it after only a couple of months.

It was closed for awhile in 2001 after Daniel Langlois bought it, but that was for renovations.
OJ / November 29, 2006 at 11:24 am
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Finally got to a show last night (For your consideration - very amusing) and really enjoyed the fact that I didn't have to pay an arm and a leg for snacks. Large popcorn and drink for around $6.50...much better than the gajillion dollars at most other theaters.
Tamil / February 4, 2015 at 03:21 am
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//It's so nice wen yu appreciate about a movie which yu watch:).. i haven't wheactd yet.. let me go n watch it now itself..//?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?? ? .. ?? ?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ..
golu dolls / March 22, 2019 at 10:10 pm
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Herbal Powder / March 22, 2019 at 10:11 pm
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