A version of this story originally appeared in the Rambling Reporter column of the Aug. 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter.
NYC nightlife queen Amy Sacco is taking Bungalow 8 and its key operational staff to the Toronto International Film Festival in September. After three annual pop-ups during the Venice Film Festival at the Philippe Starck-designed Palazzina Grassi, she’s getting more fully committed to the screening circuit by colonizing the rooftop of the city’s sleek Thompson Hotel.
“It’s such a natural fit for us, with all of the palm trees and stripes and polka dots already decorating the rooftop,” says Sacco, who is thinking about next hanging her shingle come winter at Sundance. “Plus, a lot of my friends in the business already stay at the hotel, so it’s a built-in clientele.”
Sacco says that she decided to bring her club to Toronto after visiting the city during the festival last year, when she hosted CAA’s 350-person party at the historic Burroughes Building. “I loved it there. It’s like a mini San Francisco — very cosmopolitan.”
Bungalow 8’s official festival run will be 11PM to 4AM, during which time its signature melon margaritas and grilled cheeses will be offered. Intimate dinner parties and other film premiere-related events will also be scheduled for the space.