The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

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The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (formally known as The Bloor Cinema) is a movie theatre in The Annex district of downtown Toronto, Canada, located at 506 Bloor Street West, near its intersection with Bathurst Street and the Bathurst subway station.

The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in 2014.


The theatre opened in 1913 under the name Madison Picture Palace. It changed hands many times throughout the years.

For a large part of recent history, the Bloor Cinema was a second-run theatre, showing movies that had already been in theatres, usually before they were released on video and DVD. The theatre screened classic films, art films, and cult films. The Rocky Horror Picture Show was traditionally screened with a live cast on Halloween and on the last Friday of every month. The Bloor Cinema was repeatedly selected as the best repertoire cinema in Toronto by Eye Weekly. The theatre was independent and it reopened after its renovation in 1999.

Hot Docs[edit]

Although it was shuttered in 2010, the Bloor Cinema's owner turned away developers looking to replace the theatre. In 2011, it was sold to the Blue Ice Group who manage the cinema in partnership with Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, where it was renovated and reopened under the moniker the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in 2012. It is the main location for Hot Docs, akin to the Toronto International Film Festival's Bell Lightbox.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "History". Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 43°39′56″N 79°24′38″W / 43.665485°N 79.410434°W / 43.665485; -79.410434