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Escalators at Toronto's Scotiabank Theatre to be in working order for TIFF

The theatre's massive escalators were broken at the start of TIFF 2016, which drew international ire from industry representatives, fans and film critics.

These escalators were out for two months this summer and at the start of TIFF 2016.

Eduardo Lima / Metro Order this photo

These escalators were out for two months this summer and at the start of TIFF 2016.

Cineplex guarantees its biggest star will return for TIFF 2017.

A spokesperson told Metro the two massive escalators at Scotiabank Theatre will be operational "within the next few days" and "certainly in time for the festival."

The escalators have not worked for most of the past two months, meaning cinephiles had to climb 75 stairs to see a show at John and Richmond. One escalator, newly reinstalled, has worked for almost two weeks, while the other is still undergoing repairs.

To serve people with accessibility needs, the theatre also has one elevator.

The Scotiabank Theatre escalators were broken at the start of TIFF 2016, which drew international ire from industry representatives, fans and film critics who did not take kindly to climbing four to five storeys. The Hollywood Reporter took notice, and a novelty Twitter account tracked the trials and tribulations of this most infamous infrastructure.

The devices were originally installed almost 20 years ago. While Cineplex says the second escalator will function for TIFF 2017, the company plans to replace it early next year.

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