Toronto Film Festival opens its new home

$181 million headquarters offers looks at cinema’s future and past

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The theaters, ranging from 78 to 530 seats, will then be used for screenings of new and classic films and other year-round events.

Mr. Maddin said some high-minded building projects fail to live up to their utopian design, but the festival’s home does.

“I think this utopia has been very well thought out. There are theaters of every possible, different size. It’s like going into a boutique shoe store for big- and small-footed people,” Mr. Maddin said. “You know how every movie has exactly the right size audience? This venue will have exactly the right size theater for every movie coming in.”

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