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BLACK GOLD celebrates Black Panther: The 20th Anniversary of BLADE!

  • The Royal Cinema 608 College Street Toronto, ON, M6G 1B4 Canada (map)

BLACK GOLD is back at it again! Celebrating the best of black cinema and its icons from then 'til now, Black Gold celebrates the February release of Black Panther with a 20th anniversary screening of the original OG Marvel badass: BLADE!

Widely considered to be one of the first modern superhero flicks, BLADE arrived in 1998 in a frenzied wave of radical black representation and '90s industrial goth aesthetics. Following the camp and sly postmodern winking of comic heroes adapted for the screen during the '80s and '90s (Batman, we see you), BLADE paid homage to its comic book source with a no-shits-given attitude and a killer post-John-Woo action style. 

Wesley Snipes' BLADE (alongside supporting performances from underrated actors Sanaa Lathan and N'Bushe Wright) offered a template for black action stardom that was gritty, contradictory, and allowed black nerds everywhere to see themselves reflected onscreen. BLADE's commercial and cultural impact has undeniably laid the groundwork for the release of Black Panther twenty years later.

7:30 PM: PRE-SHOW
8:00 PM: FILM STARTS

There will be prizes!

Generously sponsored by Boosie Fade and Eyesore Cinema! Keep up to date with Boosie Fade: The Group and Boosie Fade Film Club.

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RSVP FOR ACCESSIBLE SEATING:
We have 5 accessible sections in our theatre which you can reserve ahead of time by calling 416-466-4400 ext 0. One of our accessible seating areas has space for two mobility devices and a small section behind for the party to join. The other three are for single mobile devices with 2-3 seats beside it.

Please note that we do not have accessible washrooms. All of our washrooms are upstairs.

Black Gold wishes to acknowledge the Haudenosaunee and the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the original keepers of this land, for hosting Black Gold and The Royal Cinema. Today, the meeting place of Tkaronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and present in this territory.