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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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Oil Sands Karaoke

Here for a good time, not a long time.

Poster art for Oil Sands KaraokeKaraoke might seem like an unlikely way to explore the northern Alberta town of Fort McMurray, but through five oil sands workers belting their hearts out at Bailey’s Pub we get an intimate view of community and culture in a town overshadowed by its reputation.

Oil Sands Karaoke is a stereotype-transcending look at the power of community, self-expression and isolation within a booming oil town. The film’s bizarre, down-to-earth characters let the audience into their everyday lives – stepping into the spotlight with imperfect voices and in the process shattering our preconceptions of what it means to work in Fort McMurray. A karaoke contest in the oil sands: really.

– Calgary International Film Festival

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