Film encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. Films are produced by recording images from the world with cameras, or by creating images using animation techniques or visual effects. Film is considered to be an important art form as well as a source of popular entertainment. The visual elements of cinema give motion pictures a universal power of communication. Some films have become popular worldwide attractions by using dubbing or subtitles that translate the dialogue into different languages.



The film industry in Canada has historically been supported by Telefilm Canada, a federal cultural agency dedicated to developing and promoting the Canadian film, television, video, and multimedia industries. Another pillar of Canadian cinema is the annual Toronto International Film Festival, which is among the top prestigious film festivals in the world.




A Cineplex movie theater
There are a number of options for viewing movies in the Greater Toronto Area. The major cinemas include AMC and Cineplex. Remember, it is possible to purchase admission tickets before hand online, as well as in person at the cinema. There is often one day during the week, usually Tuesdays, that offers half price or discounted admission. For movie listings at a location nearest you, visit Tribute Showtimes.

A drive in theatre is much different than a traditional cinema. Located outside, you park your car on an incline and watch several movies consecutively on a large screen, listening to the audio through your vehicle’s radio. Canada's largest drive in theatre, 5 Drive-In is located in Oakville; there is also Barrie Triple Drive In and North York Drive In. Remember to check the schedules in advance as not all drive in theatres are open all year around.

Watch out for various times during the year when movie show times are at their peak, predominantly the summer blockbuster season, but also holidays such as Halloween. There are also often ethnic film screenings and even ethnic film festivals shown at various theatres in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. Keep your eye out for Canadian Celebrities who are often spotted in downtown Toronto, such as Jim Carrey, Kiefer Sutherland, Ellen Page, and Rachel McAdams.