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The cinema began showing art films in Toronto that usually had to be censored if they were shown at conventional movie theaters. Movies like Andy Warhol’s Blowjob and Lonesome Cowboys could easily be seen in other cities like New York, but the grip of the censor board was too tight in Ontario.


When Blowjob played at Cinema 2000, the lineup was around the block.  While the film did not have to go through censorship, the Toronto Metro Morality Squad did give the cinema a warning about obscenity. Their stand was that “Art is no excuse.”

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