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Cinéma du Parc

  • 4th Aug, 2006 at 6:47 PM


Cinéma du Parc
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

I don't remember when I first went there. Was it Julie who showed me where it was? Or did I stumble upon it when I lived in that ratty, old apartment on Milton and St-Urbain? No matter. Cinéma du Parc has always been a part of Montréal for me.

So when I heard that it was closing down, it was pretty sad news. Sure, there were other theatres popping up about town. But none of them as stylish or as risky as du Parc. Things have been going steadily downhill for this little independent theatre, ever since they lost their head programmers, but there's a bit of nostalgia for the place.

I met wlach outside and we stood in queue for a while. Eraserhead, the last film they were showing, had been sold out. So we settled instead for Down in the Valley. It's a great film. You should see it.

But you'll have to find another cinema.


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lambda_calculus
4th Aug, 2006 23:39 (UTC)
I'm watching Eraserhead this evening, funny that.
Down in the Valley was good, eh? I've been tempted to see it but I was worried it would have been for all the wrong reasons.
sfllaw
4th Aug, 2006 23:59 (UTC)
Yeah. Suprisingly good.
andukar
5th Aug, 2006 00:57 (UTC)
That's surprising and sad. I really like Cinema du Parc.
sfllaw
5th Aug, 2006 18:50 (UTC)
As did I.
lola_joan
5th Aug, 2006 01:47 (UTC)
Oh! I thought it was open until Aug 30, not Aug 3! :(
Alas.
sfllaw
5th Aug, 2006 18:50 (UTC)
Nope. It's closed now.
drkeys
5th Aug, 2006 05:24 (UTC)
I was watching [i]The Corporation[/i] that night. I didn't see you in the queue for Parc.

It's a shame - it's been a cultural touchstone of my Montreal experience, as well, and I'm sad to see it go. I don't know of any Anglo rep cinema to take its place.
sfllaw
5th Aug, 2006 18:50 (UTC)
Neither do I. Dollar Cinema just isn't the same.
dcoombs
5th Aug, 2006 19:02 (UTC)
Maybe ExCentris will start showing more English films.
springbird
6th Aug, 2006 21:04 (UTC)
That makes me really, really sad. It's such a great theatre, much better than the Bloor Cinema in terms of the type of films and documentaries it played. Also played foreign films much sooner. :(
sfllaw
7th Aug, 2006 04:09 (UTC)
Same here. But I suppose that all things must pass.
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