What to do when your town has no movie theater…

No theater?  No problema.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of movies…oh wait, is film not as important as all that?!

Well, to some of us, movies are right up there – on par with a beer at a local watering hole or dinner out on the town.  But what do you do if your town has no movie theater?  Here in Boulder County, there are a few places with no Cineplex.  Longmont will have an upscale cinema in the new Twin Peaks Mall but until then, both Longmont and the village of Niwot are sans cinema.

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What might seem like an absence is an illusion.  With a little planning and bit of adventure, you’ll find there are plenty of chances to go to the movies.  Libraries, Universities, art galleries and even unexpected venues may have film nights you weren’t aware of—many with films that would never have a chance to screen at a local Cineplex.

Firehouse Art Center in Longmont has hosted Free Film Night on the 1st Friday of the month for the last few years.  I’ve had the pleasure of programming some of the most recent screenings with local documentary films and film festival favorites.  This Friday, November 6, features a filmed live performance of “Rocks Karma Arrows”.  This production by the Motus Theater group recalls the Sand Creek Massacre that happened 20 years ago and how it’s influenced the history of Boulder County.  The screening will be followed with a discussion with the director, Kristen Wilson.  And did I mention…it’s FREE. 7pm, Firehouse Art Center1172785_663452923679966_568692727_o

How about a cinematic vacation in Italy?  With a visit to the CU campus, you can travel with the International Film Series on a comedy road trip with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on “The Trip to Italy”.  The companion piece to the witty, and often silly, British restaurant tour, “The Trip” (2010), this film is screening Fri and Sat @ 7:30 in Muenzinger Auditorium.  There’s also a lovely German film, “The Strange Little Cat” for those interested in an artful look at chaotic family life by a talented first-time filmmaker—Sun, also 7:30 @ the Muenzinger Auditorium.  $8 general admission.

There are films screened at many public libraries and Longmont has a night for Teens and Tweens they call Longmont Library After Dark! Students in grades 6-12 enjoy pizza, gaming, movies, and an anime club! This is designed to be a drop-off program so please register by calling 303-651-8477.  Participants need to be signed up by noon, Nov 8 to ensure adequate staffing.  For an Oscar-winning documentary, come see “Man on Wire” (2008) Thu, Nov 13 as part of the “Great 21st-Century Documentaries” @ 7:30.  Free, Longmont Library.

We have a few film screens dedicated to art-house and independent film in Boulder County: the Boedecker Theater at the Diary Center for the Arts, Cinearts at the Century Theater in Boulder and there are short films screened before all films at the Cinebarre Theater in Louisville…but did you know that there are screenings at eTown Hall?  This coming week, there is the documentary “Arise” on Nov 11 presented by Global Greengrants Fund focusing on women and the environment and Nov 13 — Best of BIFF Shorts: some of the best short films from 10 year’s of the Boulder International Film Festival.  Both screenings at 7pm at eTown Hall. $10 plus ticket fees.

This is just a smattering of the film offerings in Boulder County.  There’s always something cinematic happening in your ‘hood.  You just need to know where to look!

Did I miss a film listing or a film event in Boulder County for this coming week?

Well, don’t let it happen again!  Email me at 2jillie@gmail.com or post a comment!

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:

 http://www.eventbrite.com/e/vip-access-free-party-tickets-tickets-12377137351

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

See you at the movies!