The ultimate Toonie Tuesday has come and gone for the Rainbow Cinemas in Regina because it joins the rising record of small film theatres closing throughout North America.
After the announcement got here final month that the theatre could be closing, Sunday, Sept. 25 shall be their ultimate day.
“It’s an absolute rollercoaster of emotions,” Rainbow Cinemas basic supervisor Thomas Hendricksen stated.
“I’m sad we are closing and sad the staff will have to find other things to do. But with the news, we have definitely seen an influx in people. So it’s been really fun and good to see large crowds again coming through the doors and everybody getting their last movie in.”
To rejoice the historical past of the theatre, Rainbow Cinemas shall be lowering ticket costs to what they have been again in 1998 when the theatre opened.
Over the past month, Hendricksen stated he has spent numerous time reflecting on his 15 years working on the Rainbow, in addition to the years he got here to the theatre as a child.
“I remember days running from the ticket office, selling tickets and then scooting back to serve popcorn, ripping tickets, helping the kids clean and it just was never ending. People were flowing through those doors constantly,” he stated.
The theatre is thought for its retro vibe and for showcasing unbiased movies and that’s definitely the case in its ultimate week as they showcase the movie Brotherhood.
Based mostly on the true story, the film follows of a gaggle of boys in 1926 as they try to survive an evening on Balsam Lake in Ontario. It will likely be the ultimate Canadian movie proven on the theatre, one thing director Richard Bell is ceaselessly grateful for.
“It’s sad because so much right now that we’re experiencing in global events and in Canada feels like end-of-an-era sort of stuff,” Bell stated.
“I feel really badly for the cinema because Brotherhood is also an independent film and I know how hard it is to run something small and defiantly independent. So I feel very sad but also kind of honored,” Bell defined.
For each Hendricksen and Bell, the unhappy reality is that individuals at all times recognize issues extra when they’re ending than after they have been a staple.
“It’s sort of human nature that we appreciate something as it disintegrates, as it’s no more,” Bell stated. “We do truly kind of miss things more when they’re about to go or they’re gone.”
Whereas the theatre could also be closing Sunday, Hendricksen stated there may be one factor has made the journey a bit of bit simpler.
“It is non-stop, just an outpouring of love from the community,” Hendricksen stated. “Everybody that comes in just has to let you know how long they have been coming, how much they love it here, how much they are going to miss us. So it’s going to leave a hole in the community but it’s made things a little easier knowing how much the community loved us.”
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