For those who recall the joy of strolling into a brick and mortar video store and browsing through a selection of movies, it’s lovely to see a shop like this open for business. American film restoration and distribution company Vinegar Syndrome has opened its first Toronto location on Roncesvalles, just across from the Revue Cinema. Here’s an example of what hit the shelves this weekend:
Founded in 2012 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Vinegar Syndrome restores films to their original theatrical quality with the goal of making its extensive archive from the 1960s to the 1990s accessible to film lovers of all generations. This archive spans various genres, including action, animation, horror, comedy, and documentary. The name “Vinegar Syndrome” reflects the chemical degradation of cellulose acetate film, a process resulting in a distinct vinegar smell, shrinkage, and brittleness.
In addition to films, Vinegar Syndrome also curates a selection of books and music, and accepts trade-ins.
Vinegar Syndrome is located at 399 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto.