The Grand Gerrard Theatre brings indie cinema to Toronto's east end

Photo:  The Grand Gerrard Theatre

Photo: The Grand Gerrard Theatre

A wonderful vestige of Toronto’s cinematic past has reopened its doors.

BlogTO reports that The Grand Gerrard Theatre has reopened after falling into disuse as a cinema almost three years ago.

“We are happy to announce its re-opening to help usher in a new era for the spirit of indie film, performance and art in the neighbourhood,” reads a note on the theatre’s Facebook page.

The Grand Gerrard Theatre is now booking film screenings, special events, live music, comedy, performance art and photo shoots, “with a particular eye towards regional, unconventional and multidisciplinary work, as well as refreshing and well-curated repertory content.”

From its team of staff to the effort among its supporters to renovate and restore the building, the theatre is a fully DIY venture and its focusing on creating an inclusive space for people from varying communities and walks of life.

One of Canada’s oldest standing cinemas, the building was converted from the shell of two adjacent houses in 1911. It’s seen a number of transformations over the years, including its more recent iterations hosting repertory and Bollywood screenings, theatrical productions, horror festivals — and even a brief stint as a paint store.

The Grand Gerrard Theatre is located at 1035 Gerrard St. E. Check out their Facebook page for more info, screenings and other events.