Sept 24-30: Oscar Isaac in Paul Schrader's 'The Card Counter'; Horror with The Night House + Cat Video Fest Supporting the SPCA!

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Paul Schrader is back with a vengeance with The Card Counter, his feature directorial follow-up to First Reformed. We are thrilled to be opening this film at the Playhouse this weekend!

One of the best reviewed films of the year:

"Paul Schrader has spent much of his career peering into the dark abyss of troubled men's souls. He creates another subject eminently worthy of such examination in the title figure of The Card Counter..." - Hollywood Reporter

"A great poker sequence makes you feel like you're seated at the table, at the heady center of the action, and The Card Counter gives you that sensation." - Variety

"In an earlier era, with a few narrative tweaks, the role of William Tell could have been played by a growling Humphrey Bogart or a glacial Alain Delon." - The Guardian

"Paul Schrader's film grows more heated and crazed as the chaos of the past bleeds into a repressed present." - Slant Magazine

"It's a supremely compelling tale leavened by its wry humour and a subtle commentary on the essential emptiness of American life." - Little White Lies

"An incendiary portrait of America... a "Taxi Driver" for our times." - Reeling Reviews

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Halloween is closer than you think, so we're getting into the spirit of the season a little early with The Night House, starting at the Playhouse this Friday!

"Intelligent, emotionally compelling and visually sophisticated, for fans of darker fare and old-fashioned spooky stories, The Night House is unmissable." - ABC

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Starting this weekend, we begin our celebration of the marvelous work of Italian composer, Ennio Morricone, who died in 2020. Morricone brought to cinema some of the most beautiful compositions ever made for film. His music  brought an extra depth and dimension to the films for which he composed; he truly was (arguably?) the best. We invite you to be transported watching these films the way they were intended: on the biggest screen with the biggest sound!

Starting this weekend with Once Upon a Time in the West (24th & 26th) Plus, The Mission in 35mm (Oct 3rd & 7th) with more dates coming soon.

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On the 30th & 2nd, we're helping animals here in Hamilton with two screenings of Cat Video Fest 2021! 

Cat Video Fest is a joyous communal experience, only available in theaters, and raises money for cats in need through partnerships with local cat charities, animal welfare organizations, and shelters to best serve cats in the area.

A portion of proceeds are going back towards the Hamilton Burlington SPCA.


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We LOVE this documentary, that's why it's sticking around for 2 more screenings this week. Catch The Hidden Life of Trees on the big screen on the 25th and 29th only! 

It's a must-see for all nature lovers. Get tickets. 


Also playing this week at the Playhouse...

Ghibli Fest Continues! This week, we have two screenings of the excellent anime film, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. A must-see for all Ghibli fans.  

Best Sellers is held over for screenings this week as well. This film has a ton of heart, and it has Michael Caine & Aubrey Plaza; both who are excellent. 


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The movie that rocked TIFF this year, I'm Your Man starts at the Playhouse on October 1st! Advance tickets are on-sale now, just scroll down and get yours, today! 

"'I'm Your Man' is science-fiction with soul and a romance written for adults. Just like its mechanical hero, this tender film is attractive, smart and cunningly designed to win your heart." - Empire


COVID:19 Safety Update: On Wed. Sept 1, 2021, the Ontario government announced that proof of vaccination in select settings would be required of all Ontario residents. Beginning Sept. 22, 2021, all cinemas in Ontario will require patrons to provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19. Please go to the link for further details, as set out by the province of Ontario. We thank you in advance so much for your support through this year that has been devastating to the film industry, and particularly, independent cinemas. We hope that soon we will be able to gather again safely for the love of film, united in the spirit of community, which a neighbourhood cinema like the Playhouse truly represents. 


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See you at the movies! 

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"Paul Schrader has spent much of his career peering into the dark abyss of troubled men's souls. He creates another subject eminently worthy of such examination in the title figure of The Card Counter..." - Hollywood Reporter

Paul Schrader is back with a vengeance with “The Card Counter,” his feature directorial follow-up to “First Reformed.” Schrader’s latest finds Oscar Isaac sinking his teeth into the kind of tormented male protagonist role that Schrader has perfected in the likes of “Raging Bull,” “Taxi Driver,” and more.

No screenings currently scheduled.

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"Intelligent, emotionally compelling and visually sophisticated, for fans of darker fare and old-fashioned spooky stories, 'The Night House' is unmissable." - ABC

Reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth (Rebecca Hall) is left alone in the lakeside home he built for her. She tries as best she can to keep it together -- but then nightmares come. Disturbing visions of a presence in the house calling to her, beckoning her with a ghostly allure.

No screenings currently scheduled.

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It's back! The best cat videos from around the world!

CatVideoFest is a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and, of course, classic internet powerhouses.

No screenings currently scheduled.

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'Once Upon a Time in the West' is composer Ennio Morricone's “triumph. It’s one of the great scores all time, and launched that movie into another place: epic opera. It’s the ultimate in composing. You can’t get better and more profound than that.” - Director & composer, John Carpenter

"Renowned Italian director Sergio Leone had achieved what many believed to be the pinnacle of success in 1966, following completion of the last film of his famous Dollars trilogy, 'The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly'. Despite receiving universal accolades, he decided that he had said everything he wanted to say, and would not be returning to the Western genre.

No screenings currently scheduled.

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Studio Ghibli series. "One of the most weirdly, wonderfully built worlds of Hayao Miyazaki." - LarsenOnFilm

“The first wholly Miyazaki film (and the movie that gave birth to Studio Ghibli) is 1984’s inventive, disturbing, and lyrical Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.

No screenings currently scheduled.

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"'The Hidden Life of Trees' uses the sensorial capacities of cinema to thrillingly visualize Wohlleben's observations" - NY Times

Renowned forester and author Peter Wohlleben discusses the life, death and regeneration of trees. "Based on the 2015 best-selling book of the same title, 'The Hidden Life of Trees' is a documentary both simple and startling." - Globe & Mail

No screenings currently scheduled.

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A reluctant author’s career is revived in Best Sellers, a new comedy/drama starring Sir Michael Caine and Aubrey Plaza

Lucy Standbridge (Aubrey Plaza) has inherited her father's publishing house, and the ambitious would-be editor has nearly sunk it with failing titles. She discovers she is owed a book by Harris Shaw (Michael Caine), a reclusive, cantankerous, booze-addled author who originally put the company on the map decades earlier.

No screenings currently scheduled.

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"'I'm Your Man' is science-fiction with soul and a romance written for adults. Just like its mechanical hero, this tender film is attractive, smart and cunningly designed to win your heart." - Empire

A playfully romantic tale, I’M YOUR MAN questions what love and longing really mean in the modern age.

No screenings currently scheduled.

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'The Mission' features one of Morricone's most famous and beloved scores, including the enduring song, 'Gabriel's Oboe'

Special Presentation in 35mm! Only at the Playhouse Cinema

No screenings currently scheduled.

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"Ducournau... delivers a mindblower that keeps you guessing for all of the film's excellent 108 minutes." - Globe & Mail

Thrillingly provocative and original, Titane reaffirms writer-director Julia Ducournau's delightfully disturbing vision.

WINNER OF THE 2021 Palme d'Or AT THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 

No screenings currently scheduled.

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“Kiki’s Delivery Service is Hayao Miyazaki’s giddy, glorious seaside story about a budding young witch and her sarcastic cat.

No screenings currently scheduled.

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Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free offers a unique take on the Petty legacy, diving deep into a condensed period of creativity and freedom for the legendary rock star.

Never-before-seen footage and interviews provide insight into the creative spirit of rocker Tom Petty as he works on his seminal album "Wildflowers."

No screenings currently scheduled.

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