Located in an unassuming condo building at Queen St. W. and Spadina Ave. The Toronto Underground Cinema is truly one of the city’s last undiscovered gems.
Opened in 1977 the theatre, known as the Golden Classics was one of many Chinese movie houses on the Spadina strip. Specializing in Kung-Fu film, specifically those from the Golden Harvest production studio. The Golden Classics ran from the late ‘70s to the early ‘90s until it was no longer able to keep its doors open. The theatre was revived briefly from 94 to 95 where it continued its legacy of Kung-Fu programming as well as Anime and other Hong Kong titles. Its rebirth was unfortunately short lived, lasting only nine months.
Languishing for nearly 15 years the theatre changed hands as well as names. Opened in May 2009 under the new moniker “The Acacia Centre for the Performing Arts” the theatre broadened its horizons by hosting a number of festivals, including Images, showing films by the likes of Bjork and about Joy Division. However, the cinema wasn’t living up to its full potential until three friends got together with a vision.
Nigel Agnew and Alex Woodside, former managers and personalities from the Venerable Bloor Cinema teamed up with Charlie Lawton, a small town filmmaker with a big heart and even bigger ambition. Approaching the owner with the dream of building from the seats up, a fully functioning “new” repertory cinema and re-branding it The Toronto Underground. Specializing in genre classics, B movie greats, indie art house and the pick of the best current Hollywood flicks, the Underground looks to be the next stop for Cinema the way it was meant to be, away from the glitz and glam of the multiplex.
|Notes from the Underground||torontoist||You Talking to Me|
|Dork Shelf||National Post||Robin Sharp's blog|
|City News||Best gif ever||Eye weekly|
|torontoist movie Mondays - out open||Cinssu||Toronto Star|
|Vitamin Water||BlogTO||Torontoist opening day|
|The Newspaper (awesome photos!)||Now||Roger Ebert tweet|
|Motivator Man||Substream||Iodine review mentions the premiere.|
|Rabble||Corey Mintz's artical on the Star||
|RGB filter||Toronto Film Scene||The Film Buff|