Urban Toronto’s exploration of TIFF Bell Lightbox continues inside the extensive facility, going up, down, and around the different levels, into spaces large and small. KPMB Architect's deft hand is shown in volumes, lines, colours, and material textures throughout. Text by Doug Convoy and photos by Interchange42.

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TIFF Bell Lightbox, TorontoImage by Interchange42

TIFF Bell Lightbox, TorontoImage by Interchange42

A view across the massive public atrium, which connects the three principal levels of TIFF Bell Lightbox – the ground floor, containing the box office, gift shop, and main exhibition hall; the Promenade level, with three movie theatres; and the learning floor, with two movie theatres and three RBC Learning Studios. 

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Master Control for all screens and film installations throughout the complex. 

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Stair leading to the balcony of the 550-seat Cinema One, which is 3D-capable and has an orchestra pit for live performances. 

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A view inside Cinema One while still under construction. The world-premiere of Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) inaugurated the 3D projection system at TIFF Bell Lightbox. 

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Cinema Two with approximately 400 seats. All five movie theatres at TIFF Bell Lightbox are completely sound-neutral resulting from their special box-in-box construction. Theatre seats furnished by Quinette Gallay provide extra comfort. 

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Cinema Two 

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The more intimate and experimental Cinema Four showcasing Atom Egoyan’s installation 8 1/2 Screens

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8 1/2 Screens is inspired by Fellini’s seminal film 8 ½. 

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Cinema Five, currently featuring James Andean and François Xavier Saint-Pierre’s installation E-100, contains 80 seats on moveable risers for easy reconfiguration.

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Both 8 1/2 Screens and E-100 play continuously until October 3, for free. Both are worth your time. One of three RBC Learning Studios at TIFF Bell Lightbox showing the Toronto-premiere of Ming Wong’s In Love for the Mood (2009) and Angst Essen/Eat Fear(2008). 

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Important artefacts from TIFF’s history are on view in the Canadian Film Gallery at the Film Reference Library on the fourth floor of TIFF Bell Lightbox. 

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Looking across the Canadian Film Gallery at the Film Reference Library. A tribute to Brian Linehan is currently on display in an additional small gallery at the back of the library. This will be followed by a tribute to Toronto-born Mary Pickford at the end of the year.

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A panoramic view of the three-storey public atrium at TIFF Bell Lightbox. 

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The box office with six display stations to welcome and engage visitors. 

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TIFF Bell Lightbox, TorontoImage by Interchange42

TIFF Bell Lightbox, TorontoImage by Interchange42

The Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of 2004 for Les Invasions barbares, which concludes this instalment on TIFF Bell Lightbox. Stay tuned for more tomorrow!

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