Bye-bye, epic escalator
A TIFF central venue is disappearing
Scotiabank photo shutterstock.com
TIFF is on the verge of a pretty major change. A few months ago, it was announced that Scotiabank is being replaced by condos. (Because, if there is one thing that Toronto needs more of, it’s condos. Not.) This likely won’t occur for another year or so. However, when it does, TIFF will lose fourteen screens located within a few minutes of its homebase, the TIFF Bell Lightbox. It also means that one of the festival’s most iconic and inglorious sights, the epic Scotiabank escalator, will be no more.
This will cause a serious shift. But TIFF will be fine. The festival is always fine. No other major fest has adapted to change quite like this one. And that is a reason the Toronto International Film Festival remains the North American fest to beat.
Just ask the three burgeoning cinephiles in line for The Lighthouse.