Free Summer Films at the Toronto Reference Library in July 2019

June 26, 2019 | Bill V.

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Are you imagining feeling hot and bothered during July's sultry days to come? 

Why not join us for these free films during July at the Toronto Reference Library?  We offer several different series as well as some individual films. They're generally shown in the 3rd floor Hinton Learning Centre.  We also sometimes have other films so please also see our monthly programming calendar. 

You may also be interested in Free Summer Friday Lunchtime Concerts at the Toronto Reference Library: July 5 - August 30, 2019.


11:10 P.M.; Crowds pour out of one of the six movie theatres at Imperial six Cinemas. 263 Yonge St. Toronto's largest movie theatre complex in area; Imperial Six holds 2;740 patrons. The building itself was erected around 1910 as a single auditorium; then re-opened as a sixplex in June; 1973. The longest running film at the movie house was the Godfather which opened March 17; 1972; and closed on Labor Day that year - only because the theatre had to close for the renovation.

11:10 pm Crowds pour out of one of the six movie theatres at Imperial six Cinemas. 1986 Boris Spremo Toronto Star Photo Archive


  • Tuesday July 2nd: Alive Inside (2014) at 2 pm
  • Wed July 3rd: Frida  at 2 pm 
  • Wed July 3rd: We Were the Children (part of Indigenous Documentary Series) at 6 pm 
  • Friday July 6th:  An Inconvenient Truth (2006) at 6 pm


Alive Inside

Alive Inside: Tuesday July 2nd at 2 pm: "A joyous cinematic exploration of music's capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music."


Paris Was a Woman

Frida (2002)  Wednesday July 3, at 2 pm.  From her complex relationship with her mentor and husband Diego Rivera to her illicit affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary.  123 minutes. English. Director: Julie Taymor.


We Were the Children

We Were Children on Wednesday July 3rd at 6 pm. ""As young children, Lyna and Glen were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools. The trauma of this experience was made worse by years of untold physical, sexual and emotional abuse, the effects of which persist in their adult lives. In this emotional film, the profound impact of the Canadian government's residential school system is conveyed unflinchingly through the eyes of two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years."


An Inconvenient Truth

Inconvenient Truth A Global Warning: Friday July 6th  at 6 pm

  • Tuesday July 9th: Where to Invade Next (2016) at 2 pm 
  • Wednesday July 10th: Monsoon Wedding at 2 pm  
  • Friday July 12th: Banking on Bitcoin (2016) at  6 pm  


Where To Invade Next (2016)

Where to Invade Next: Tuesday July 9th at 2 pm: "Michael Moore visits a host of nations to learn how the U.S. could improve its own prospects. The creator of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine is back with this hilarious and eye-opening call to arms. Turns out the solutions to America's most entrenched problems already exist in the world. They're just waiting to be co-opted."


Paris Was a Woman

Monsoon Wedding (2001)  Wednesday July 10th at 2 pm: A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India. 114 minutes. In English and Hindi with English subtitles. Director: Mira Nair.


Banking on Bitcoin

Banking on Bitcoin Friday July 12th 6 pm: "Bitcoin is the most disruptive invention since the Internet, and now an ideological battle is underway between fringe utopists and mainstream capitalism."

  • Tuesday July 16th: RBG (2018) at 2 pm  
  • Wednesday July 17th: Mikey and Nicky at 2 pm 
  • Friday July 19th: Apollo 11 (2019) at  pm 


Paris Was a Woman

Mikey and Nicky (1976) Wednesday July 16th at 2 pm:  In Philadelphia, a small-time bookie who stole mob money is in hiding and he begs a childhood friend to help him evade the hit-man who's on his trail. 119 minutes. English. Director: Elaine May.

  • Tuesday July 23rd:  SUNÚ = Maize (2016) at 2 pm 
  • Wednesday July 24th: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night at 2 pm 
  • Friday July 26th: Seed  The Untold Story (2016) at 6 pm 


SUNÚ = Maize

SUNÚ = Maize Tuesday July 23rd at 2 pm.: " Seen through the eyes of small, midsize and large Mexican maize producers, SUNU knits together different stories from a threatened rural world. It journeys deep into the heart of a country where people realize their determination to stay free, to work the land and cultivate their seeds, to be true to their cultures and forms of spirituality, all in a modern world that both needs them and despises them."


Paris Was a Woman

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) on Wednesday July 25th at 2 pm.  In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.  101 minutes. In Persian with English subtitles. Director: Ana Lily Amirpour.


Seed the untold story

Seed the Untold Story Friday July 26th at 6pm " Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. Seed: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94 percent of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds."


  • Tuesday July 30th: Kusama: Infinity (2019) at 2 pm 
  • Wednesday July 31st: Sheer Madness  at 2 pm
  • Friday August 2nd: Trashed at 6 pm 


Kusama infinity

Kusumu Infinity on Tuesday July 30th at 2 pm: "Now the top-selling female artist in the world, Yayoi Kusama overcame impossible odds to bring her radical artistic vision to the world stage. After working as an artist for over six decades, people around the globe are experiencing her installation Infinity Mirrored Rooms in record numbers, even as Kusama continues to create new work every day."


Sheer Madness

Sheer Madness (1983) on Wednesday July 31st at 2 pm:  Olga and Ruth become friends. Olga is independent, separated from her husband, living with an immigrant pianist, and teaching feminist literature. Ruth is withdrawn, a painter, possibly mentally ill. 105 minutes. In German with English subtitles. Director: Margarethe von Trotta.



Trashed on Friday August 2nd at 6 pm. "Looks at the risks to the food chain, environment, and health in various parts of the world through pollution of air, land, and water by the production and accumulation of solid waste."


Four theatres: Les Sutton at the Bayview Village Cinema runs four movies from his command post.

Four theatres: Les Sutton at the Bayview Village Cinema runs four movies from his command post. 1981 Toronto Star Photo Archive by Dick Darrell