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