In a parking lot, under the freeway and beside billboards. Every Thursday, the Open Roof Festival transforms a dead zone on Toronto’s lakeshore into an uber-urban setting outdoor movie house. The parking lot is tucked behind a brewery that sponsors the event, selling beer to movie-goers to go with popcorn and other treats. Live bands go on before the movie starts at sundown.
In its second year, films sell out to packed crowds of 30-something urban dwellers. Most come by foot or by bike and are treated with unusual respect by Toronto standards—there’s a line up for valet bike parking and Autoshare is a sponsor.
With the Toronto skyline in the background, the festival offers a haven from the city bustle to watch quality independent film under the stars. Catch Open Roof’s last film of the season, Eco Pirate, playing this Thursday September 1.
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photo courtesy of Open Roof Films