St. Thomas movie the­atre ap­plies for liquor li­cence in Bun­nell’s Peo­ple

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C in­eplex Odeon has ap­plied for a liquor li­cence for Galaxy Cinemas, St. Thomas. It’s one of a num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions by the ex­hibitor for movie the­atres cur­rently be­fore the Al­co­hol and Gam­ing Com­mis­sion of On­tario.

A Cine­plex spokesper­son e-replied the com­pany doesn’t cur­rently have a com­ment.

But for the Toronto-based en­ter­tain­ment giant, any­thing to broaden its rev­enue base to lessen im­pact of un­pre­dictable, block­buster-driven ticket sales on the bot­tom line. The com­pany op­er­ates 165 cinemas across the coun­try, with al­most 1,700 screens.

Cine­plex re­ported sec­ondquar­ter rev­enues were an all­time high $409.1 mil­lion for the three months end­ing June 30, up about 12 per cent for the same pe­riod a year ear­lier, with In­cred­i­bles, Avengers and Dead­pool draw­ing ’em in.

Yet, a change a few years ago to rules in On­tario gov­ern­ing movie the­atre liquor li­cens­ing, which pre­vi­ously re­stricted sales to adults-only venues, has al­lowed Cine­plex to ex­pand al­co­hol sales out­side of its VIP the­atres, where a bot­tle of do­mes­tic beer is $6.50$7.50. (The im­ported stuff is $8.50 and lo­cal craft brews, $89.50 — so, maybe there’s the hope of a Dead Ele­phant in the room.)

“We’ve al­ready rolled that out to a num­ber of lo­ca­tions across the two prov­inces, and we’ll con­tinue to do that through 2018,” chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer El­lis Ja­cob was quoted ear­lier this year in an in­ter­view.

♦♦♦ It’s the real Ting at Mu­seum Lon­don.

Ting: The Life and Work of Merle Tin­g­ley, an ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brat­ing the beloved Lon­don Free Press car­toon­ist, is up thru Jan. 27 at the art gallery.

It com­ple­ments a show­ing of comics and graphic nov­els cre­ated by artists from through­out the re­gion. Words and Pic­tures: Car­toon­ists of South­west­ern On­tario is up thru Jan. 13.

Masters of the art­form are among the most in­flu­en­tial artists of their time, says guest cu­ra­tor Diana Tam­blyn.

“South­west­ern On­tario has pro­duced some of the world’s most cel­e­brated and in­no­va­tive of these artists, of which 12 are fea­tured in this ex­hi­bi­tion...” incl. StT ex-pat Scott Chantler, whose work is in­cluded.

Save dates. Tam­blyn is to lead an hour-long tour of the ex­hi­bi­tion 2 p.m. Nov. 11, fol­lowed by an artist talk by Scott, whose highly praised 2010 graphic novel, Two Gen­er­als, was hailed by the Toronto Star as the best Re­mem­brance Day book of the year.

Two Gen­er­als tells the re­al­life tale of Scott’s grand­fa­ther’s life in the Sec­ond World War. Law Chantler later was of­fi­cer com­mand­ing the El­gin Reg­i­ment.

There’s a tour of the Ting ex­hi­bi­tion 2 p.m. Nov. 18. (Closer to home, St. Thomas El­gin Pub­lic Art Cen­tre holds about 100 Ting orig­i­nals in its col­lec­tion, do­nated by the car­toon­ist be­fore his 2017 death at age 95.)

♦♦♦ El­gin County Archives is plug­ging in the Way­back Ma­chine.

The archives is one of a num­ber of her­itage lo­cales open­ing their doors Satur­day for Doors Open St. Thomas. (Full list on­line at door­sopenon­tario.on.ca.) David Pf­in­gst­graef, help­ing us to hear bet­ter.

On Fri­day and Satur­day evening, he’ll be help­ing us have a good time, as long­time sax­o­phon­ist in The Blue Waves, who are en­ter­tain­ing Western Fair Dis­trict’s Ok­to­ber­fest cel­e­bra­tion. Also on the pro­gram, the Sax­o­nia Hall Dancers from Aylmer.

David has been play­ing with pop­u­lar SW Ont. dance band for more than three decades.

“I got my driver’s li­cence — and I got a gig in a band.”

And he says Ok­to­ber­fest cel­e­bra­tions are a par­tic­u­lar de­light to en­ter­tain.

“You look out at the crowd and you see ev­ery age en­joy­ing them­selves. You don’t see that ev­ery­where.”

♦ ♦ ♦ “Laisser Les Bons Temps Rouler!”

So says St. Thomas pi­anoman Dave Hoy.

The oc­ca­sion? A New Orleans Jazz and Blues Din­ner and Dance Party, Oct. 20 at St. John’s Angli­can Chruch on Flora St., where Dave is tun­ing up with mu­si­cal friend Joe All­grove on tenor banjo and gui­tar.

The evening sup­ports St. John’s out­reach min­istry, in­clud­ing twice-monthly com­mu­nity sup­pers, as well as Thanks­giv­ing and Christ­mas meals for all. (No sur­prise a num­ber of the pro­grams, in­clud­ing pre­made meals for those seek­ing pas­toral care, are fo­cused around the del­ish food pre­pared in the church kitchen.)

The com­ing evening fol­lows ear­lier din­ner and dances — a Spring Sock Hop and a Sum­mer Siz­zle evening — for the cause.

“This is go­ing to be a real fun evening with scrump­tious food and lively mu­sic for lis­ten­ing and danc­ing,” prom­ises Dave.

Tix thru the church, 519-631-7368.

♦ ♦ ♦ And lastly to­day, just one more thing. Isn’t there al­ways?

It’s about this gig called colum­niz­ing. There’s never enough space. So. To foot­note last week’s en­try on the Grand The­atre’s con­tro­ver­sial 2018 High School Project, Prom Queen: The Mu­si­cal.

Maybe I wasn’t to­tally sold on the show, though the kids play­ing kids were in­cred­i­ble. But play­wright pal Mark Craw­ford, who sat a cou­ple of seats over, Tweeted his en­thu­si­asm for the pro­duc­tion — and the show’s song­writ­ers — the next day:

“Woke up de­hy­drated, likely due to the 5 litres of tears I shed at @the­grand­lon­don’s pro­duc­tion of Prom Queen, The Mu­si­cal last night. Thank you to the in­cred­i­ble young peo­ple on­stage & off for an inspiring night at the the­atre. And con­grats, @ColleenAndAkiva! I need some wa­ter.”

Mark has had his own brush with school-show con­tro­versy. His play Boys, Girls & Other Mytho­log­i­cal Crea­tures — a 2017 tour of which was in­ex­pli­ca­bly can­celled by a num­ber of Ni­a­gara re­gion Catholic schools — now has been pub­lished by Scirocco Drama. It’s an ac­cept­ing story about a gen­der non-con­form­ing boy who likes to dress up.

Co­in­ci­den­tally, HSP’s Prom Queen hit the boards just a few weeks ahead of a new Broadway mu­si­cal, The Prom, which opens this month to tell tale of bunch of has-been ac­tors who hope head­lines will re­vive their ca­reers when they hit the road to help a young girl whose school can­cels its prom af­ter she tries to bring a girl­friend to the dance.

Cu­ri­ous how the two will com­pare ….

Steel for the new Food Ba­sics gro­cery store un­der con­struc­tion on Tal­bot St. has be­gun to hide the his­toric Canada South­ern rail­way sta­tion from full sight. De­mo­li­tion this sum­mer of the former Giant Tiger build­ing had re­vealed a un­ob­structed view of the

PHO­TOS BY ERIC BUN­NELL/FOR THE TIMES-JOUR­NAL De­mo­li­tion of the former Giant Tiger store has opened up a full view of the land­mark Canada South­ern Rail­way sta­tion, and re­vived me­mories of a park which once was the set­ting for the his­toric build­ing.

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