Opening Night at PortsToronto’s Sail-In Cinema™ Draws Thousands to the Waterfront for Annual Film Festival

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Toronto (August 21, 2015) –PortsToronto’s 5th annual Sail-In Cinema made waves last night, drawing more than 1,800 movie-goers on land and in boats to Sugar Beach (located at 25 Dockside Drive) to watch Ghostbusters on the festival’s opening night. Even larger audiences are expected to attend the free three-day waterfront event for the Friday, August 21, screening of The Goonies and Saturday, August 22, screening of E.T. – the Extra-Terrestrial, which will screen under the open sky on a giant two-sided screen erected on a custom-built barge anchored in Toronto’s Harbour.
“For the last five years, PortsToronto’s Sail-In Cinema has invited Toronto residents and visitors alike to come down to the waterfront and enjoy a unique and free celebration of film, family and fun,” said Deborah Wilson, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, PortsToronto. “We are thrilled that so many people came out for opening night and look forward to offering attendees two more evenings of non-stop activities and entertainment. From the Toronto Fire Boat water display to photo booths to chalk art depicting scenes from the festival’s “Flashback to the ‘80s”-themed movies to free popcorn, cookies, frozen fruit bars, and so much more, there will be lots of fun to be had prior to the start of each night’s feature film—this year’s event will be the best yet.”
For the remaining two nights of the festival, free landside tickets can still be reserved at While Sail-In Cinema is a free event, there is limited seating on the landside and entry is subject to the availability of space. Those who register online are also eligible to enter a contest to win a pair of tickets aboard Porter Airlines to any destination the airline serves. The first 500 attendees on site each night will receive special seating and have the opportunity to win prizes from Sail-In Cinema partners. Boat mooring will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
PortsToronto is delighted to have Toyota Canada back as Sail-In Cinema's Pre-Show Partner, offering film-goers many fun activities, including a photo booth and henna tattoos. Other partners this year include Redpath Sugar, Toronto Star, CP24, North American Logistics Services Inc., Porter Airlines and The Waterfront BIA, who will be providing treats and the chance to win great prizes throughout the festival.
For high resolution, downloadable images of last year’s Sail-In Cinema event, please visit
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For more than 100 years PortsToronto, (formerly the Toronto Port Authority), has worked with its partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to enhance the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which welcomes more than two million passengers each year; the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada's largest freshwater marinas; and, Terminals 51 and 52, which provide transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto. PortsToronto is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and has invested more than $6.7 million since 2009 in charitable initiatives and environmental programs that benefit communities along Toronto's waterfront and beyond. PortsToronto operates in accordance with the Canada Marine Act and is guided by a nine-member board with representation from all three levels of government.
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