Looks like my time at J-school is finally paying off: I reported some news yesterday!
See, earlier this week I read on Torontoist that the Cumberland Cinemas were going to be closed and demolished to make way for condos, so I figured that’d make a good subject for my weekly movies column on the NOW Daily page. You know, we’re losing our precious art-house screens, why God why, that sort of thing.
But then I talked to a couple of people at Alliance — which owns the theaters — and they didn’t seem to think the Cumberland would be closing any time soon. In fact, the screens were fully committed to the film festival, and a number of movies were booked to open there afterward.
So I called around and talked to a few people and put the story together. Turns out the Cumberland has not been sold, and won’t be closing any time soon. Cool, huh?
It’s nothing terribly earth-shaking or life-changing, but it’s good to know I still have that muscle. The, um, dialing-the-phone, asking-pertinent-questions muscle.
And I can always write that art-houses-dying story when Cineplex unloads the Carlton.
(I’m kidding. The Carlton will be with us forever.)