Thousands Join PortsToronto for Sail-In Cinema’s™ on Toronto’s Waterfront

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Toronto (August 21, 2017) – Despite stormy weather that postponed the kick-off of PortsToronto’s seventh annual Sail-in Cinema, more than 11,500 movie fans came to Sugar Beach – by land and boat – for the three-day event. From August 18 to August 20, audiences enjoyed Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Beauty and the Beast (2017) and Edward Scissorhands on a four-storey, two-sided, floating screen anchored to a barge in Lake Ontario.
“PortsToronto’s Sail-In Cinema first began as a celebration of Toronto’s vibrant waterfront, where both boaters and beachgoers could come together to enjoy their favourite films on the water,” said Deborah Wilson, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, PortsToronto. “We are thrilled to watch as this summer tradition continues to grow each year with more and more families, friends and community members coming down to the water’s edge for a night of festivities, water displays by the Toronto Fire Boat, music, free treats – and, of course, film.”
PortsToronto was pleased to have Toyota Canada back as Sail-In Cinema's Pre-Show Partner, offering film-goers many fun activities, including henna tattoos, face-painting and more. PortsToronto was also delighted to have both new and returning partners this year including: Billy Bishop Airport, Toyota, Redpath Sugar, CTV, the Toronto Star, FreshAirCinema, Porter Airlines, North American Logistics Services and the Waterfront BIA.
For event information and photos, visit Information about the event will be shared using the #SailInCinema hashtag.
About Sail-in Cinema™ (
Sail-In Cinema™, presented by PortsToronto, is the world’s first two-sided floating movie experience of its kind. The free film festival transforms Toronto’s Sugar Beach into an outdoor movie theatre over three nights. Movies are chosen by public vote and shown under the open skies on a four-storey, two-sided screen set atop a barge in Toronto Harbour, allowing moviegoers to enjoy the films by land or by boat. The inaugural Sail-In Cinema™ was held in 2011 to mark PortsToronto’s centennial year. The annual event attracts more than 10,000 people on land and 100 boats over the three-day period and is now a permanent fixture on Toronto’s summer calendar.
About PortsToronto (
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 $8 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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