Film,
Here

The Return
of Film.

As Toronto Film Studios, 629 Eastern Avenue was home to over 200 feature films, 60 television series, and countless commercials. After a four-year hiatus, the familiar soundstages and offices reopened in 2012 as Revival. Now they serve as the film-production component of Revival’s new Convergent Media Centre.

A Film Legacy

Welcome to the backlot. We can’t share every story about the A-list directors and actors who have worked at Revival or its predecessor Toronto Film Studios. But here’s a highlight reel from our almost 20-year legacy as one of Toronto’s premier production facilities.

A History of Violence / Where the Truth Lies

In 2005, two icons of cinema were shooting films on our lot at the same time: David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan. Any competitiveness was friendly of course. It’s the Canadian way.

Urban Legends: Final Cut

It’s always disturbing to see people bleeding profusely during their cigarette break. But every slasher movie needs a couple of gaping-neck-wound prosthetics, right?

Godsend

Then there was the day when a green security guard locked the back gate at closing time. Not the greatest idea to leave Robert De Niro stranded on the other side...

16 Blocks

Bruce Willis and Mos Def jammin’ on the backlot. It really happened.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

A mobile home, a white picket fence, a BBQ on a patch of astroturf…and Matthew McConaughey brushing his teeth every morning without his shirt on. Hey, a man’s got to tend his smile when he’s making a romcom.

Gilda Radner: It’s Always Something

For three days, a live tiger roamed Stage 8, “getting comfortable” for a key dream sequence. You wouldn’t want your tiger to be uncomfortable, would you? His name was Robbie, by the way.

Cinderella Man

The filming of Cinderella Man was a big deal in the east end thanks to all the location shoots and Russell Crowe sightings. Quite the contrast to the humble vibe on our lot, where director Ron Howard ate lunch with the crew every day at the commissary.

The Hurricane

If you had slipped into the 629 Eastern soundstages in 1999, you would have seen one of Canada’s great directors, Norman Jewison, at work. The Hurricane won acclaim at both the Toronto and Berlin film festivals. Its elaborate jail set had a long life in many other productions shot here, and the director’s former office space gets a respectful nod from visitors to this day.

Roll the Credits

Big Budget

  • The Incredible Hulk (2008) $150M
  • Cinderella Man (2005) $88M
  • Jumper (2007) $85M
  • The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) $65M
  • The Tuxedo (2002) $60M

Critically Acclaimed Films

  • Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • Away from Her (2006)
  • A History of Violence (2005)
  • The Hurricane (1996)
  • Mean Girls (2004)

Critically Acclaimed TV

  • Grey Gardens (2009)
  • Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)
  • Tru Confessions (2002)
  • Cheaters (2000)
  • The Color of Friendship (2000)

Revival 629

  • Poltergeist (2015) Gallery Shoots
  • The Dark Stranger (2015) Sound Stages
  • The Strain (2014) Exteriors
  • Maps to the Stars (2014) Sound Stages
  • Remedy (2014) Sound Stages
  • RoboCop (2014) Exteriors
  • Bitten (2014) Studio
  • Love Is Dead (2014) Production Offices
  • Sensitive Skin (2014) Studio
  • The Cocksure Lads Movie (2014) Production Offices