New owners Danny & Letty Mullin with jubilant members of the Revue Film Society (Hi, Roy & Susan!).
—Photo by Boris Spremo. From The Revue Cinema web site.
Yesterday, on June 12, 2006, the Revue Film Society (RFS) held a media event announcing the signing of a lease for the newly (and locally) purchased Revue Cinema. Yes, the Revue Cinema will soon be up and running and once again showing movies for our North Ronces neighbourhood (and the rest of Toronto). The new Revue Cinema web site states that August is the target date for opening its doors once again.
With the revival of the theatre as a movie house, the RFS is also once again in fund-raising mode as they need to raise around $60,000 for essential start-up costs. While the RFS will now hire industry professionals to run the Revue as a non-profit corporation and fully expects the business to sustain itself, there is a still a lot of work to do before it is up and running. One project, dear to NorthRonces.com, is the rebuilding of the Revue marquee which collapsed this past winter.
Today, there are a number of news reports about yesterday’s announcement and most of them focus on the feel good story of the local couple, Danny and Letty Mullin, who purchased The Revue for $975,000 (negotiated down from the $1.275 million asking price) and are, in turn, leasing it to the RFS. The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail offer similar accounts of Mr. Mullin’s working class, rags-to-riches, community philanthropism.
Three cheers from NorthRonces.com for everyone involved, especially the community-minded new owners and our friends with The Revue Film society.