A Jewish Guide to Summer Movie Nights

Published: June 25th 2010
in Culture » Movies

Toronto Summer Movie Nights
Pic: Toronto Entertainment District

The Toronto Entertainment District has partnered up with the Toronto International Film Festival to offer locals free movies throughout the summer. “Our primary objective is to build a sense of community, and encourage partnerships while promoting local business,” says Janice Solomon, Executive Director of the Entertainment District BIA in a press release. “I’m thrilled with this inaugural partnership with TIFF and their generous support of programming a spectacular line-up of movies and special guests.”


Summer Movie Nights will take place every Wednesday at the Metro Square beginning June 30 until September 1 at 9 p.m. Screenings are free of admission and will be accompanied with a CN Tower light show. Several neighbouring restaurants are also offering up prix fixe menus for those looking for a dinner and a movie combo.


The film roster is a mix of classics, TIFF selections and some Canadian flavour. Here are Shalom Life's picks of flicks that involve Jewish elements:


Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, July 14


In Tim Burton's full-length film directorial debut, Jewish actor Paul Reubens plays his signature character, Pee-Wee Herman, in this 1985 comedy. Like most episodes in his TV program, Pee-Wee goes of on an adventure. On this film, he stops at nothing to find his lost Schwinn bike.


Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. Leonard Cohen, August 4


A documentary on one of the most beloved musicians in Canadian history.


Casablanca, September 1


Summer Movie Nights caps off with a Hollywood classic love story. Relive the on-screen affair of Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund. Casablanca features Jewish actress Ingrid Bergman. Directed by Michael Curtiz.


For a full schedule of movies and more information, visit www.torontoed.com.

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