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A private room to show a movie


I have a small meetup.com group and want to arrange for 10-12 people to get together and watch a movie - then hang out and discuss the movie after.

I am looking for a private room where we won't disturb other guests with the movie volume nor be too distracted by the hub of the bar. Maybe in a pub? During the afternoon (or morning) while its not so busy. We would need about 1.5 hours to focus on the movie...then noise and distraction is fine.

Any suggestions?

Ideally something central/downtown on the subway line.

Thank you!


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    1. Now silly question... but do you want to eat and drink? or pay a room rental fee?

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      1. re: OnDaGo

        Thanks for the responses! Camera Bar is a bit large and $700 for 4 hours. I was hoping not to pay a room rental fee, just bringing some customers to the location. I would do this viewing at home but my living room can't accommodate.

        I know that there are some pubs that have separate rooms with TV's... but not necessarily a DVD player. Ideally that is what would work though.


      2. Maybe you should call Globe Bistro and see if you could use the room they have on the second floor. I am sure they have a video projector so maybe you can use it.

        1. Try the Victory on Markham just south of Bloor. Easy to get to, and the upstairs has hosted many different things. If you're not into going to Camera, that's the only place I can think of.

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          1. re: escoffier

            I believe th eTextile Museum mnay have the facilties and would like a simple donation. And they are across th estreet from The Metropolitan Hotel.

          2. Anything in a restaurant is going to be expensive. Why not try the local library and bring in your own snacks (no alcohol, though).

            1. I was going to say The Hazelton Hotel, but perhaps that's out of your budget, and I'm not quite sure they rent it out if you're not a guest. But wow, is it an amazing theatre. And when I say theatre, it's a real movie theatre with the plushest seats I've ever sat in to watch a movie. Not to mention movie treats from One.

              Anyway, I digress.....

              Why don't you try Lolita's Lust on Danforth? They have a great area upstairs and I've often been to screenings or at least film parties there. Food and drinks are great.

              1. If Yonge and Eg. is central enough, maybe check with the Duke of Kent to see if you could reserve the upstairs area. If you're doing it in a non-peak time (ie. not lunch or dinner or evening) they might be willing to accomdate. Then, if you stick around to eat, their food is quite decent for a chain pub.

                1. I've gone to very intimate industry/vendor functions at Crush, La Fenice, and the Il Fornello across from Roy Thomson Hall. These are all on King between University and just past Spadina. They all have private rooms which aren't too big. In each case a digital projector was used, but I think the whoever hosting the event had their own gear. In all cases there was food, from appetizers to a set lunch served. So maybe if you're getting them to cater there would be a low to no fee involved?

                  One place I know that has their own A/V equipment is Brassaii, but their private room is a bit big. It's probably bigger than Camera.

                  Here are some links:

                  1. Think "sports bar". They all have to have some pretty decent av facilities. Otherwise they're just "bar". Assuming you don't need a 12x16 screen and projector, but rather just a big screen tv and vcr just about any of them would be able to accommodate. I'd start with Gretzky's.

                    1. I think Bumpkins has a set up like that but you would have to pay something (although I don't think it is a huge amount).

                      1. JazzFM has a mini-theatre that they rent out - very cool space. Liberty Village has a few resto/bars for post-mortum.

                        1. You could try the Stealth Lounge at the Pilot Tavern. It's on the second floor, and frequently available to rent. Very popular for private parties, middle-aged garage bands, etc.