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TIFF officials say no bed bugs in Scotiabank Theatre

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: 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 FilmCritic.com, 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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