Toronto's The Scene For TIFF [Photoblog]

Spotlight on cinema

The annual migration of celebrities and paparazzi is about to descend on downtown Toronto once again for TIFF 2015. At First Base, we make pictures of a different kind, orthophoto, which give us an overhead perspective to produce highly accurate maps, but also let us gaze upon the intricate details of the city from an angle seldom seen by stars of the film variety.

As we update our inventory on MapWarehouse year by year, we see the changing character of the streetscapes and neighbourhoods in the aerial imagery we collect.  The ornate architecture of the old, one screen cinemas that were once the focal point of many small town main street Saturday nights has given way to inconspicuous, utilitarian screening rooms hidden away on an otherwise uninhabited section of a shopping mall, and on the opposite end of the spectrum, massive multiplexes designed to make you feel like you're in the movie as soon as you step inside.

Take a look at the aerial imagery below of some of the unique cinema architecture, facades, and marquees in the GTA that helps stir up our imaginations as we prepare to suspend 110 minutes worth of disbelief.

Do you have youthful memories of these spots? Did you spot a celebrity at any of these theatres during TIFF? Who? Where? Leave comments below.

The Box
TIFF Bell Lightbox
350 King St W, Toronto

Toronto, Summer 2014

The Inclined Cube
Scotiabank Theatre Toronto
259 Richmond Street West, Toronto

Toronto, Summer 2014

The Spaceship
Cineplex Cinemas Vaughan (Colossus)
3555 Highway 7 West, Vaughan

Vaughan, Spring 2014

The Volcano
Roy Thomson Hall (TIFF Gala Presentations)
60 Simcoe St, Toronto

Toronto, Spring 2011

The Mountain
Silver City Richmond Hill
8725 Yonge St., Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill, Spring 2014

The Triodetic-Dome
Ontario Place Cinesphere (Closed)
955 Lakeshore Blvd. W., Toronto

Toronto, Summer 2014

Annex Heritage
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
506 Bloor St. W. Toronto

Toronto, Summer 2014

Roncesvalles Heritage
Revue Cinema
400 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto

Toronto, Summer 2014

Beaches Heritage
Fox Theatre
2236 Queen Street East, Toronto

Toronto, Summer 2014

Davisville Heritage
The Regent Theatre
555 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto

Toronto, Summer 2014

Little Italy Heritage
The Royal
608 College St. Toronto

Toronto, Summer 2014

Etobicoke Heritage
The Kingsway Theatre
3030 Bloor St W, Toronto

Toronto, Summer 2014
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