Bell Lightbox to play TIFF role

Opens Sept. 12 for limited film screenings, public tours

TORONTO -- The industry is to finally get a look inside the Toronto International Film Festival's new year-round home on the first weekend of its September event.

While not hosting the 2010 edition, TIFF director Piers Handling said Bell Lightbox will see its doors swing open on Sept. 12 to enable limited film screenings and public tours.

Toronto organizers remain uncertain how many of the facility's five public cinemas, with around 1300 seats in all, will be operational by the Sept. 12 christening.

A partial opening for Bell Lightbox will mean this year's TIFF festival, which kicks off on Sept. 9, will continue to encompass cinemas and conference facilities across the city's downtown entertainment and Yorkville districts.

Seven years in the making, the $196 million Bell Lightbox is a partnership between filmmaker Ivan Reitman and his family, TIFF and the Daniels Group condo developer. 

Construction delays and private sector fund-raising snags have previously hampered TIFF organizers from nailing down a launch date for their purpose-built home.
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