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Highland Arts Theatre
Sydney, NS
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Top Hat Pictures, a subsidiary of Highland Arts Theatre, officially launches this month at the Bentinck Street venue. The theatre will provide residents the opportunity to watch newly-released Canadian and internationally acclaimed films not available at other venues.  Many of the critically acclaimed movies are nominated for Golden Globe awards and have received "Oscar buzz."  

Highland Arts Theatre accommodates over 400 patrons comfortably in cushioned seats.  High quality locally-made treats, soft drinks, popcorn, and spirits are also provided for sale.  Organizers Carla DiGiorgio and Wesley Colford have selected Monday nights for showings and kept prices low to be competitive with Tuesday night prices at the local Cineplex.  Single tickets will be $7.50 and a season pass may be purchased for $37.50.  

Upcoming screenings will occur monthly and include Brooklyn, Trumbo, and Into the Forest.  The premiere showing is set for Monday, January 25th at 7 pm.  Remaining shows are scheduled for February 22nd, March 28th, April 18th and May 30th, 2016.  A second season will commence in the autumn of 2016.  Top Hat Pictures is made possible through Toronto International Film Festival's Film Circuit. Founded in 1989, Film Circuit is TIFF's successful film outreach programme, bringing the best of Canadian and international films and artists to communities across the country.  This collaboration ensures that Cape Breton will have the same access to great current films as the rest of Canada.

For further information or interviews, please contact Carla DiGiorgio:  902-562-4854, or visit - 40 Bentinck St (former home of St. Andrews Church) - to purchase tickets.

Upcoming screenings include:

Brooklyn [2015].  This movie is getting great Oscar buzz.  Nick Hornsby's screenplay traces the experience of a young Irish girl who voyages to 1950's America to find a new life and features performances by Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters and lead, Saoirse Ronan.

Trumbo [2015].  Based on the true story, Bryan Cranston stars in this Golden-Globe nominated film which traces the experience and impact of movie maker Dalton Trumbo during the Eisenhower Blacklist of the late 1940's in Hollywood. Also stars John Goodman, Helen Mirren and Diane Lane.  

Into the Forest [2015].  Starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood, this film by Patricia Rozema has been lauded as a much-needed female take on human response to an apocalyptic threat.  Two sisters are stranded in the woods with no food and are forced to come to grips with their relationship and their place on earth.

The Loved Ones (Les êtres chers) [2015].  This film by director Anne Émond traces the evolution of family relationships as a daughter comes to grip with the patterns her father has set in motion for her life.  French with English subtitles.

Al Purdy was Here [2015].  Brian Johnson's documentary of the life and influence of one of Canada's best, yet undervalued, poets features interviews with Margaret Atwood, Joseph Boyden, Bruce Cockburn, and Tanya Tagaq.


Highland Arts Theatre (View)
40 Bentinck St
Sydney, NS B1P 1G2


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Film > Movies
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Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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