Ottawa's premiere theatre featuring independent and foreign films. Locally owned and operated, the Bytowne features the comfiest seats, the friendliest staff and best tasting popcorn in town. $5.50 for members, $9 for non-members.
The CFI hosts a wide assortment of screenings from foreign films to Canadian independent works at the National Library Auditorium. Their Café Ex series features Canada's most acclaimed experimental image makers in the "intimate and interactive" environment of Club SAW. They also host several film festivals including the Ottawa International Animation Festival.
Formerly concentrating on 2nd run Hollywood movies, the Mayfair now mixes in a good assortment of foreign and art films. Usually double bills and sometimes triple-bills. It doesn't get any better than three consecutive Indiana Jones movies... $6 for members, $8 for non-members. The $18 membership gets you your first three movies free.
Non-profit, charity theatre screening second run Hollywood and family films. Digital sound, large screen, door prizes and seasonal movie parties. $3-$6 admission prices. Open from mid-September until early May.Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 613 722-8218
Complete film listings
Listings for all the mainstream theatres in the Ottawa-Hull area are available at ottawa.film-can.com, so head there if you're looking for show times at your favourite multiplex. I hear some still charge less than $10 for matinees...
THE place to go for underground, indie, art, cult films. The also stock some of the better Hollywood films. VHS and DVD rentals. If you're not sure what your take on Cassavetes is, this is the place to go.
Films on global themes available for rent.
Formed in 1995, Available Light is an Ottawa-based artists' volunteer group presenting curated screenings of experimental film and video art. Most events occur at Club SAW.
Founded in 2001, Centretown Movies has offered outdoor pay-what-you-can screenings of a variety of great films every summer. Their future is currently uncertain so if you feel like volunteering, you should get in touch with them.
The last Saturday of every month the Drunken Master
Revue screens rare cult classics, shocking shlock, and unearthed gems. All
on film (35mm or 16mm) at the Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St.) or Club SAW (67
Documentary films on global issues
The world's second largest animation festival.
Independent Filmakers Cooperative of Ottawa (IFCO)
16mm filmmaking and editing workshops, equipment rentals and screenings.
Video making and editing instruction, equipment rentals and screenings.