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Toronto’s Carlton Cinema to re-open in June

Good news for film lovers in downtown Toronto: the Carlton Cinema is set to re-open in June 2010.

The theatre, located near Yonge and Carlton, closed Dec 6 after Cineplex Odeon decided not to renew its lease.

"The Carlton is not representative [of] the quality of theatre we
have,” said Cineplex spokesperson Pat Marshall last year. “It would be prohibitively expensive
to remodel it up to our standard."

Renovation costs haven’t stopped Magic Lantern Theatres from stepping in. The company, which operates Rainbow Cinemas, plans to refurbish the nine-screen multiplex. Along with plans to redevelop nearby Maple Leaf Gardens into a grocery store and athletic centre, things are looking good for the Carlton St strip. 

From the press release:

Carlton Cinema set to re-open in June 2010

The Carlton Cinema, located in the hub of downtown Toronto, will be refurbished and re-opened in June 2010.

The 9-screen multiplex will operate under the banner of Magic Lantern Theatres, an Edmonton based Movie Exhibition Company, which also operates Rainbow Cinemas.

Magic Lantern Theatres has a proud history of providing communities
with venues to enjoy thought-provoking art and independent movies from Canada and overseas, as well as Hollywood fare.

Plans are already underway to retrofit Carlton Cinema in a manner that
will optimize its appeal to its regular and new patrons. Cinephiles
will be able to enjoy a wide variety of art and alternative films,
documentaries, special screenings and film festivals.

Details regarding admission prices and opening day celebrations are
being developed and will be announced approximately two months prior to
the re-opening of the Carlton Cinema. 

Magic Lantern Theatres, a community-based Canadian company, was
established in 1980. With the opening of the Carlton Cinema, the
company will expanded its operations to 17 locations across Canada with a total of 87 screens.

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