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Rui Pereira
Nationality Canadian
Occupation architect, impresario
Known for Re-opening classic cinemas

Rui Pereira is a Canadian intern architect, living in Toronto, Ontario, who branched out into operating cinemas.[1][2]

In 2009, Pereira managed the re-opening of the Kingsway Theatre on Toronto's Bloor Street.[3][2] He also played a lead role in the leasing, and renovation of the nearby Humber Cinemas.[4][5]

Pereira had worked part time at the Humber, while attending university.[3]

A dispute triggered a surprise shutdown of the Humber, just as film buffs were celebrating its successful re-opening.[6][7] Claude Bitton, the property speculator who owned the building, locked Pereira and his management team out, claiming Pereira had misinterpreted terms of the lease that allowed his team rent rebates in return for paying for renovations, and purchasing new theatre equipment.


  1. Doug Taylor (21 May 2016). Toronto's Local Movie Theatres of Yesteryear: Brought Back to Thrill You Again. Dundurn Press. pp. 160. ISBN 978-1-4597-3344-2. https://books.google.com/books?id=Qx6cCgAAQBAJ&pg=PT160&dq=Rui%20Pereira. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Peter Goffin (2017-03-06). "Social media skirmish escalates over Toronto actress’s discrimination claim". Toronto Star. https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/03/06/social-media-skirmish-escalates-over-toronto-actresss-discrimination-claim.html. Retrieved 2017-05-22. "Hours later, Kingsway Theatre owner Rui Pereira posted on the business’s Facebook page, calling Adeliyi’s account a “false narrative.”" 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Scott MacDonald (2011-04-22). "Bloor West Village: The city's newest film strip". The Globe and Mail. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/bloor-west-village-the-citys-newest-film-strip/article4192315/. Retrieved 2017-05-22. "Two years ago, however, a former architect named Rui Pereira leased the theatre, renovated it, and, despite tense negotiations with investors, quietly re-launched it." 
  4. Peter Howell (2011-04-21). "Howell: Dreams of moviegoing glamour as the Humber rises again". Toronto Star. https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2011/04/21/howell_dreams_of_moviegoing_glamour_as_the_humber_rises_again.html. Retrieved 2017-05-22. "Pereira knows what he’s getting into. In 2009, he and his business partner Ivan Martinovic successfully brought back the shuttered Kingsway Theatre, which is farther west on Bloor at Royal York Rd." 
  5. Stephen Michalowicz (2010-09-22). "The Humber Cinema Is Set To Return". Torontoist. http://torontoist.com/2010/09/the_humber_cinema_is_set_to_return/. Retrieved 2017-05-22. "But now, thanks in no small part to the efforts of new owner (and Kingsway manager) Rui Pereira, Bloor West Village residents may once again have a theatre within walking distance." 
  6. Karolyn Coorsh (2011-10-21). "Mystery around Humber Cinema closure". My Town Crier. Archived from the original on 2019-03-23. https://web.archive.org/web/20190323205846/https://streeter.ca/toronto/news/mystery-around-humber-cinema-closure/. Retrieved 2017-05-22. "The details of the space agreement reached between Pereira and Bitton are unknown. In late 2010, Pereira declined to provide details on the nature of the agreement, but said he and Bitton were set to enter into a leasing arrangement." 
  7. Chris Bateman (2012-07-17). "Humber Cinema likely back in the deadpool". Blog TO. Archived from the original on 2012-07-19. https://web.archive.org/web/20120719223755/https://www.blogto.com/deadpool/2012/07/humber_cinema_likely_back_in_the_deadpool/. Retrieved 2019-12-13. "In an email today, Rui Pereira, GM and president of the Kingsway Theatre Corporation, said he "no longer operate[s] the Humber Cinema." A follow up message suggested the theatre had not been shuttered permanently but rather "hijacked" by its owner, real estate developer Claude Bitton, and that staff had been locked out."