August 31st, 2010
04:41 PM ET
They’ve infested movie theaters in New York and New Jersey, but, contrary to a Toronto moviegoer’s tweet, bedbugs won't be making an appearance on the red carpet at the upcoming film fest.
After one woman claimed she’d been bitten by bedbugs at the Scotiabank Theatre Toronto - one of the main venues of the Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off on September 9 - Cineplex Entertainment didn’t waste any time before resolving the (non)-issue.
“After a thorough investigation overnight, which involved a specially trained sniffing dog and a secondary visual inspection, Abell [Pest Control Inc.,] has confirmed that there were no bedbugs located within the Scotiabank theatre,” a media statement issued by Cineplex Entertainment states.
The TIFF is “dedicated to presenting the best of international and Canadian cinema to film lovers,” according to the festival’s website. “TIFF offers screenings, lectures, discussions, festivals, workshops industry support and the chance to meet filmmakers from Canada and around the world.”
TIFF co-director Cameron Bailey first addressed the potential bedbugs via Twitter when he wrote, “Before bedbugs becomes today's meme: we're on it, we're talking to Cineplex & are planning for an itch-free #TIFF10.”
He tweeted again early Tuesday afternoon, “No bedbugs in TIFF theatre, Cineplex confirms.” He went on: “If you want creepy creatures at #TFF10, try Midnight Madness... or the Wall Street villains in INSIDE JOB.”
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