TIFF Bell Lightbox
Exterior of TIFF Bell Lightbox from King Street
|Location||350 King Street West|
|Public transit access|| 504 514 |
■ St. Andrew
TIFF Bell Lightbox features features five cinemas, two restaurants, major exhibitions and galleries, a gift shop, rooftop terrace, and learning studios. It is the headquarters for the Toronto International Film Festival, as well as serving throughout the year as a venue for other film screenings and smaller specialty film festivals.
During construction, crews found artifacts belonging to York General Hospital which was located on the site in 1829. TIFF Bell Lightbox opened as a cinema complex, and included the Toronto International Film Festival offices, a ground-floor restaurant and a roof-top terrace are housed in a five-storey structure on King. TIFF Bell Lightbox is built as a part of a five-storey structure that forms a part of the base of Festival Tower.
|Type||Theatre, Residential, Retail|
|Location||Corner of King Street & |
|Completed||September 12, 2010|
|Antenna spire||157 m (515 ft)|
|Roof||152 m (499 ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Bruce Kuwabara of KPMB Architects|
|Developer||Toronto International Film Festival Group|
Daniels Corporation & the Reitman Family
|Main contractor||PCL Constructors Canada|
TIFF Bell Lightbox is held in the podium, a five-storey complex that forms the base of the Bell Lightbox and Festival Tower. The entrance for the structure's 46-storey tower of condominiums is on John Street, set back from the much smaller 19th-century buildings along King Street.
As the new headquarters for the Toronto International Film Festival, it contains five cinemas of various sizes, a three-storey public atrium, two galleries, three learning studios, a centre for students and scholars, a bistro, a restaurant, a lounge, a gift shop, and a rooftop terrace. The five-screen cinema complex also includes a film reference library, galleries and workshops.
The theatres present specially-curated programming, as well as some new releases. Some of the films presented tie-in with exhibitions, and retrospectives of actors or filmmakers. The extensive reference library and archives of film, which is open to the public, includes publications and archival movies, as well as research and study space. The podium has been used by the Toronto International Film Festival since 2010. Other events staged at the Lightbox include the Inside Out Film and Video Festival and the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.
Since 2010, TIFF Bell Lightbox has been the home of the festival, marking its permanent move from Yorkville to King West. Future plans include a "Cinema Tower" on the north side on the block, which will contain five additional theatres. The area also includes other prominent venues for the festival, such as Roy Thomson Hall and the Scotiabank Theatre.
The galleries host exhibitions related to film and art history. The fourth floor gallery is free to the public, while the larger main gallery on the first level hosts large paid exhibitions. The first exhibition was the MoMA's monograph on Tim Burton, subsequent exhibits have included retrospectives of Federico Fellini, Grace Kelly, James Bond, David Cronenberg, Stanley Kubrick, and most recently, Andy Warhol.
Festival Tower was developed by The Daniels Corporation and designed by Toronto-based architectural firm Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) and Kirkor Architects. TIFF Bell Lightbox is the home of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), while Festival Tower contains condominium residences. The project was conceived in partnership by the Toronto International Film Festival Group and the King and John Festival Corporation.
TIFF is a non-for-profit organization that generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is supported by contributors including founding sponsor Bell Canada, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and Royal Bank of Canada.
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