Retropath!: XANADU
Jul
24
8:00 PM20:00

Retropath!: XANADU

Calling all nostalgia-freaks and celluloid junkies! Are you looking for the latest cinematic thrill? Retropath! has you covered. Specializing in the best flicks to stumble onto the screen, this series is guaranteed to deliver the wildest that cinema has to offer

XANADU follows Sonny (Michael Beck), a heavy-hearted artist who is in need of some inspiration. He meets former bandleader Danny McGuire (Gene Kelly in his last big screen role!), and the elusive and beautiful Kira (Olivia Newton-John), and together they conspire to open a roller disco called Xanadu. As much glitz, glitter and glamour as one can feasibly imagine resides inside those gilded doors, set to the music of the Electric Light Orchestra. 

In spite of being one of the most notorious flops ever, this film is a sheer delight from beginning to end. It employs such an unbelievable lightness and campiness that it is impossible to watch without smiling, and is at times genuinely hilarious. Want bright colours, catchy tunes, funny dialogue and cheesy dance numbers? XANADU has it covered.

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RSVP FOR ACCESSIBLE SEATING:
We have 5 accessible sections in our theatre in which you can reserve a head of time by calling! 416-466-4400 ext 0. One of our accessible seating areas has space for two mobility devices and a small section behind for the party to join. The other three are for single mobile devices with 2-3 seats beside it.
Please note that we do not have accessible washrooms. All of our washrooms are upstairs.
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Retropath!: ALTERED STATES
Jun
23
8:00 PM20:00

Retropath!: ALTERED STATES

No substances necessary for our upcoming screening of ALTERED STATES - one of the most hallucinogenic movies of its ilk and very much at the top of every "weird movies" listicle. It follows Dr. Edward Jessup, a brilliant but unhinged scientist who experiments with psychedelics during confinement in an isolation tank. Years into the study, Jessup finds himself in Mexico, hoping to participate in a ceremony involving psychedelic mushrooms boiled into a broth, which he is told will put him in unity with his soul. He takes the broth with him to his sensory deprivation tank, and finds that his visions develop much further than just hallucinations, they begin to actually manifest physically. 

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Retropath!: A FACE IN THE CROWD
Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

Retropath!: A FACE IN THE CROWD

It almost goes without saying that in the current climate, A Face in the Crowd has resurfaced as a necessary watch about the nature and danger of celebrity and the institutions that create them. Kazan's film is an aggressive breakdown of the megalomaniacal main character, Lonesome Rhodes, starting at the beginning as a charismatic folksy hero and then careening towards the booming, unhinged person he becomes.

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Retropath!: GOD TOLD ME TO
Feb
22
8:00 PM20:00

Retropath!: GOD TOLD ME TO

God Told Me to is truly a film like no other - it takes its cop flick bones and builds its muscles in esoteric science fiction, mixed with horrific imagery in the culminating sequence that will assuredly render the entire audience quiet. It also features a serendipitous cameo from infamous "song and dance man" Andy Kaufman as a possessed policeman, who happened to be in a St. Patricks day parade antagonizing the crowd, and in true Cohen gonzo form: he saw the opportunity for an interesting scene, managed to steal it, and to top it all off - did not even have permission to film the parade.

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Retropath!: BIGGER THAN LIFE
Jan
25
8:00 PM20:00

Retropath!: BIGGER THAN LIFE

Bigger Than Life serves as a timeless melodrama with its lavish Technicolor glossiness, but it is never saccharine or easy to swallow. With James Mason's powerful performance as a man in the midst of a downward spiral, combined with the film's foreboding sense of dread leading up to an explosive ending - the audience is forced to confront the movie's criticism of 1950's morality. Strap in and take a dose of a very weird and very special little number, only at The Royal Cinema! 

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SECOND ANNUAL ROD SERLING BIRTHDAY BASH presented by Retropath!
Dec
21
8:00 PM20:00

SECOND ANNUAL ROD SERLING BIRTHDAY BASH presented by Retropath!

Remaining as a staple figure in science fiction and horror for decades, and is certainly a favourite of The Royal Cinema and Retropath, it is not much of a surprise that this year we tip our hat again to the iconic smokey legend and his Christmas birthday. In this current climate more than ever, maybe the works of Serling might hit too close to home, but that only speaks to the timelessness of shows such as The Twilight Zone and The Night Gallery. Join us for a 90 minute slot of some of his most infamous and beloved works! The selection changes annually! 
 

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Retropath!: PINK FLAMINGOS with Mink Stole in attendance!
Nov
5
8:00 PM20:00

Retropath!: PINK FLAMINGOS with Mink Stole in attendance!

The notorious tagline "an exercise in poor taste" almost seems politely understated compared to what John Waters' film Pink Flamingos actually delivers. In actuality, Pink Flamingos is an exercise in unrestrained gritty, heaving, slobbering deviancy - murder, assault, gluttony, voyeurism, cannibalism, and all means of repulsion are all at the forefront of Waters' film, to create one of the most infamously disturbing films to ever grace the screen. We're not being cute when we say that if you haven't seen Pink Flamingos before you really have to prepare yourself for what you're about to witness. If you so dare: join us for an exercise in absolutely unrelenting filth! 
 

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Rue Morgue CineMacabre Movie Nights: DEAD ALIVE - 25th Anniversary!
Oct
31
8:00 PM20:00

Rue Morgue CineMacabre Movie Nights: DEAD ALIVE - 25th Anniversary!

DEAD ALIVE was a box office flop 25 years ago, but quickly became a cult favourite amongst gore-heads and splatstick fans for its sheer, unadulterated assault on the senses that culminates in an unforgettable house party sequence. A veritable orgy of blood and guts with (dare we say) some of the most iconic special effects in Jackson’s filmography, DEAD ALIVE is not to be missed on the big screen!

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Retropath!: EATEN ALIVE
Oct
17
8:00 PM20:00

Retropath!: EATEN ALIVE

Eaten Alive is wall-to-wall frenzied energy, all taking place on shadowy sound-stages pierced by bright colours (most commonly: bright red blood, of course), to provide a disconnected, horrific landscape for its viewers. Loosely based on the story of Joe Ball (or the Bluebeard of South Texas or The Alligator Man), who owned a bar with an alligator pit as a local attraction in Elmendorf, Texas. After several women began to go missing and strange flesh was found by his gators, he was suspected of the murders but was never formally convicted because he committed suicide before he was arrested. Eaten Alive feels like an inescapable backwoods carnival nightmare, offering one of the most bizarre experiences you can find this October without actually tracking down an alligator pit yourself.

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Retropath!: THE SWIMMER
Aug
17
8:00 PM20:00

Retropath!: THE SWIMMER

Frank and Eleanor Perry's The Swimmer holds a powerful lens on the main character, slowly breaking apart Ned Merrill to reveal a truth that cannot be expected. It is equal parts bizarre, uncomfortable, enthralling and devastating, offering a perfect counter-balance to the sunny rays of August.

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Retropath! presents: PARENTS (1989)
Jan
26
8:00 PM20:00

Retropath! presents: PARENTS (1989)

[...] the movie makes you feel like you mixed Nyquil with Prozac and you’re trying not to freak out." - Jason Soto

"[...] meat never looked more distasteful." - The Worldwide Celluloid Massacre

Ten year-old Michael Laemle has a couple of problems on his plate. He just moved to a new neighbourhood, he's got no friends, he's painfully shy around the other kids at school, he's plagued with nightmares, and to top it all off: he's pretty sure his parents are cannibalistic killers.

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Ladies of Burlesque and Retropath! present: FEMALE TROUBLE
Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

Ladies of Burlesque and Retropath! present: FEMALE TROUBLE

Does the thought of WHITE CHRISTMAS and IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE make you want to puke? If yes, then we have the holiday event for you! Join fellow trash connoisseurs as Ladies of Burlesque and Retropath: A Bizarre Cinema Showcase co-present a yuletide celebration of teenage delinquency, unwed mothers, and crime sprees with FEMALE TROUBLE—John Waters' smutty exercise in debasement and degradation!

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Retropath! presents: ROD SERLING BIRTHDAY BASH!
Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

Retropath! presents: ROD SERLING BIRTHDAY BASH!

Imagine, if you will, a more important event than Christmas taking place on December 25. 92 years ago on Christmas day, Esther Cooper Serling and Samuel Lawrence Serling welcomed their little bouncing baby boy into the world: the inevitably smokey sci-fi powerhouse behind such shows as The Twilight Zone and The Night Gallery, Rod Serling.

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