Who wants to go to a Grand Opening of a new cinema hot spot in Boulder County?

In the recent weeks, two movie theaters have closed in Boulder County, Colorado: the Regal Colony theater in Louisville and the Twin Peaks Mall Regency Cinema in Longmont.  But no need to mourn for long, movie lovers…Cinebarre is opening in Louisville August 1st!

More than a movie theater, Cinebarre features a bar with local beers, wine and cocktails and a restaurant with menu items that you can order right from your movie seat.  What’s fun is the tagline: Eat. Drink. Watch Movies.  This Drinks-With-Films gal finds that very welcoming!  It’s also good news for local filmmakers as the theater features a pre-show with short films and they’ll consider submissions from local talent! http://cinebarre.com/preshow

When I was living in San Francisco, I used to post film reviews paired with dining options at local restaurants on Pinterest, http://www.pinterest.com/jillcbrooke/dinner-and-a-movie/ because I believe films are meant to be discussed post-screening.  Plus. I’m not a fan of popcorn for dinner!  Did you know that most theaters make their money not from ticket sales, but mainly from concessions?  That’s why they are forced to keep the prices so high for popcorn and soda!

Now we’ll get enjoy a burger or pizza or even, gasp…a salad! with our movie.  There’s been one in Thorton for a few years but now Cinebarre is coming here.  I’ll be going to the Grand Opening party on Friday, July 31st and if you want to check it out before it’s open to the public.  I’m giving away two free party tickets (for you and a guest) for the first 2 people who click on this link:


I’ll be back with my review of the this new cinema next week!

See you at the movies!

A Film for all Seasons–Summer movies that are good for you!

I love when movie theaters bring out the classics in the summer (or really, any time!).  It’s great to retreat to the air-conditioned comfort and have your life enriched rather than diminished!

For those of you in the Denver, CO area:

Landmark Theatres, Westword, and Mile High Radio continues “A FILM FOR ALL SEASONS” – a 24-week film series featuring the best popcorn classics the way they are meant to be seen, on the big screen with beautiful digital presentation. The series resumes next week at Chez Artiste Theatre, and conclude at the Mayan Theatre.

Each film will play on Wednesdays at 2:00pm & 7:00pm. All seats $8.50.

The Summer Season of Classic Films at the Chez Artiste are:

Wed, Jul 16: Jules and Jim (1962), directed by François Truffaut.

Wed, Jul 23: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), starring Jane Russell & Marilyn Monroe.

Wed, Jul 30: On the Waterfront (1954), starring Marlon Brando.

Wed, Aug 6: Gilda (1946), starring Rita Hayworth.

Wed, Aug 13: The Sting (1973), starring Paul Newman & Robert Redford.

Wed, Aug 20: Marathon Man (1976), starring Dustin Hoffman & Laurence Olivier.

Wed, Aug 27: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), starring James Stewart.

Wed, Sep 3: Double Indemnity (1944), directed by Billy Wilder.


What I learned curating the Front Range Film Festival…

Left Hand Brewing Company, Longmont, CO

Jill Brooke introduces “DamNation” at the Front Range Film Festival 2014

I had the privilege of helping curate my first film festival in Colorado this last week.  Front Range Film Festival screened three feature films and a eight short films over four days at four venues.  It was a pleasure to work with Jessica Kooiman, the Executive Director of the Firehouse Art Gallery, the non-profit organization that produces the festival.  She’s a real powerhouse and she’s instrumental in bringing film and culture to downtown Longmont.

Front Range Film Festival

Jill Brooke and Jessica Kooiman

Having worked for many film festivals, both nationally and internationally, there are some real pluses to working as part of a small team to create something that feels like a real personal accomplishment…and a few challenges that are eased by a bigger budget, an established audience and a large pool of seasoned volunteers.

Here are a few of my lessons from this particular film festival: Outdoor movie screens may be a marvel of technology, but they require some real brawn AND brains to erect and deconstruct!  This particular screen needed to be put up a total of three times over the course of our festival and it wasn’t until the final question of my q & a that I realized that I was in charge of getting it down and packed up…BEFORE I could go enjoy the Closing Night Party!

Front Range Film Festival

Front Range Film Festival–surprise guest

What a small world it is!  As I asked for the final question at The Forgotten Kingdom screening, a young man at the back of the church stood to speak.  He said he was from Lesotho, Africa — the setting for the film!  We invited him to the stage and the director, Andrew Mudge asked him how he felt the film depicted his home.  It was a wonderful, unexpected pleasure for all of us.  A special shared experience that is unique to the film festival experience!

Movies may inspire audiences but they also teach lessons to all of us involved in getting those stories to the screen!  I had been grumbling about having to go to a separate store to purchase my beer since moving to Colorado but having done my research on Beer Culture, The Movie; I now know that the “one liquor license, one store” is a boon for the craft beer industry.  DamNation fired up the audience to take action in support of the removal of obsolete dams and it was a real wake-up call to discover that there is a river in the area that is facing extinction! http://www.boulderweekly.com/article-13030-obituary-for-a-river.html

This festival was a lot of hard work and couldn’t have happened without the great team at the Firehouse Art Center and the St Vrain Habitat for Humanity–co-producing our Closing Night film, The Forgotten Kingdom.  And as with any festival, there were many local organizations that pitched in supplies, equipment (like that crazy movie screen!), donated booze (hello Spirit Hound distillery and Oskar Blues Brewery!) and treats (Kim Sorden of Magic Fairy Candles–you rock!) and funding!!  Next year will be bigger and better and I’m already excited to get the ball rolling…onward and upward team.  We need to bring these films and filmmakers to Longmont…and the whole Front Range!  There is such talent here that needs to get exposure and films that are crying out to be seen on the big screen.

Four of the fabulous filmmakers at Front Range Film Festival

Craig Stevens, Ian Cooke, Michael Vasicek and Patrick Sheridan