Saturday, June 20, 2009

Day 170: Repertory Theatre

Day 170: Repertory Theatre, originally uploaded by susanvg.

I went to a film at the repertory theatre in Ottawa. Every city needs at least on repertory theatre which shows a variety of movies, often not found in the mainstream theatres. The Bytowne runs a combination of mainstream films, foreign films and independent films. It is the antidote to the blockbusters playing in the cineplexes.

In my experience, and the Bytowne is no exception, repertory theatres are often housed in old, somewhat rundown theatres which were once the neighbourhood theatres. The seats have long ago lost their resilience, causing you to sink into them. The theatre is a faded copy of its former glory. But that is all part of the experience. Thanks to repertory theatres we have the opportunity to see a film that makes us think, instead of just entertaining us.

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