May 25, 2017

TIFF officials say no bed bugs in Scotiabank Theatre

By Sean O’Connell Sounds like the bed bugs won’t be biting attendees of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Responding to reports that an audience member received bites while at the Scotiabank Theatre – hub for TIFF’s upcoming press and industry screenings – festival officials have scoped out the area and declared it clean.

“We called in the experts. Thorough investigation was had. OUTCOME: Scotiabank theatre TO is #bedbug FREE!” Cineplex stated on their Twitter feed, @cineplexmovies.

The Toronto Globe & Mail followed up, reporting, “The company … got the all clear from Abell Pest Control Inc., which it hired Monday afternoon after hearing from a theatre guest who thought he’d been bitten by the pests at the Scotiabank theatre.”

“After a thorough investigation overnight, which involved a specially trained sniffing dog and a secondary visual inspection, Abell has confirmed that there were no bed bugs located within the Scotiabank theatre,” Cineplex said in a statement.

So rest easy, TIFF patrons. And know that while one or two movies might bite at Toronto, the bed bugs – for now – will not.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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