I think all of their programs - Talk Cinema, Cinematheque will run out of there. I'd be suprised if all 5 of the cinemas planned (of various sizes) will be operating at the same time outside the festival.
Here are some pics that really don't do justice to the massiveness of this hole. Reminds me of shooting the Opera House excavation Those are huge pieces of equipment down there that just look like dinkey car toys.
Sorry for quality of shots, but I'm still getting used to the iPhone ;-)
[edit - had to resize 'em quite low to inline attach through vB sw)
That large exhibition space on the ground floor looks inviting, even to those of us who aren't big moviegoers, with the possibility of organizing and hosting travelling shows - like the Hitchcock exhibition that the Montreal Museum of Fine Art organized several years ago that passed Toronto by.
I think that in the fullness of time this is going to turn out to be one of the city's best cultural facilities. As I recall when the program for Lightbox was being developed they were saying that while there are a few other interesting film centres around the world (eg the BFI in London) no other facility would combine all the functions that this will--screening, exhibition/archive/library, etc. I can see it being a real hub of activity, especially as someone mentioned with the enormous number of festivals that few people realise are operated under the aegis of TIFF.
I wonder what will become of Jackman Hall now that Cinematheque will be at Lightbox? Is it doomed to be obliterated as part of the inevitable AGO pahse 2 expansion, in which a Gehry-Alsop dream team will cantilever a titanium swoop over McCaul linked to the police station forecourt with an orange corrugated metal spiral staircase?
Sadly not Bell or we'd be less off-topic The US-spec iPhone works great with Rogers/Fido after an unlock, which is now easy to do, free, and - unlike my painful process - requires no disassembly (software-based).
PM me if you have any other questions, I'd be happy to help and don't want to clutter the forum too much.