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The ByTowne is now closed.

It's possible that, after the pandemic has been brought under control,
new management will take over the space and offer big-screen wonderfulness again.

The building is being maintained, with all its facilities and equipment intact,
in preparation for that hoped-for day.
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2016 Academy Award Winner - Sound Editing

Poster for ArrivalArrival is a compelling, refreshingly cerebral take on the standard first-contact tale. Denis Villeneuve gives the film an eerie poise, his camera gliding through rooms and open spaces as the characters travel further and further into the heart of the unknown. This is hard science-fiction made by a true artist – which means big questions, impossible concepts and difficult choices.

There’s also a sneaky layer of humanity underneath all the heady conceits, and that’s where Amy Adams – playing a linguist thrust unprepared into a truly alien encounter – becomes invaluable. Whether she’s playing against a green screen or trying to restrain her own surging emotions, this is one of her finest performances. Arrival would be a very different experience without her.

– Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto

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