Billed as a romantic comedy, a movie that uses the iconic Exhibition Auditorium in Regina premieres at the Southland Cinema Saturday night.
“Chokeslam” was directed by Robert Cuffley. The movie is described as a story about bruising your knuckles on the barriers of love and the perils of dating a wrestler with a bad temper.
Cuffley says while the movie uses wrestling, it is not a wrestling movie and is one everyone can enjoy.
Many of the scenes where wrestling is involved was shot at the auditorium which no longer stands as it was torn down to make way for the brand new International Trade Center.
While many great acts performed over the years in the building like Johnny Cash, Louis Armstrong and Bobby Goldsboro, the auditorium may be best known for wrestling as many who went on to become household names like Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Davey Boy Smith and “The Honky Tonk Man” wrestled under Stu Hart’s “Stampede Wrestling” promotion that held numerous cards in the venue before they went to join the World Wrestling Federation.
Cuffley says you could not have asked for a better venue saying Hollywood producers would pay millions of dollars just to replicate something as perfect as the auditorium for what it was called for.
The movie will be shown all week in Regina. It is also premiering in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto this weekend.