The theatre is Lake Ontario, the screen a 700-pound, 13x6.5 metre double-sided inflatable surface sitting on a custom-built barge anchored about 50 metres from shore.
- For the second year, the Toronto Port Authority held its Sail-In Cinema event just south of Sugar Beach, allowing sailors to guide their boats in to watch water-themed films. Saturday night’s screening, the last of a three-night run this summer, featured Hook.
- More than 1,000 people came to watch from land, along with about 20 boats.
- The idea for a floating cinema sprang up last year when the TPA was pondering what to do to celebrate its centennial, said Quarcoo.
- The event proved so popular — more than 2000 attended last year — that the TPA decided to make it an annual occurrence.
- Those on water picked up sound by tuning into a radio frequency, while those on land hear films via loudspeakers.
- To their knowledge, it’s the only place in the world that’s held such an event, with a two-sided floating screen, said Quarcoo.