Going to the movies is about as American as apple pie. What’s funny about that is that I rarely go to the movies, and I rarely eat apple pie. To tell you the truth, I don’t get into the modern era fanfare movies that offer big bouts of CGI. Rather, I like to pop an obscure film into my DVD player and get comfy on the couch. Years ago, I helped to run a small underground cinema on the West Side of the city. When we lost our space, we stopped showing movies. Those were the best of times for film viewing in my book.
Now it looks as if someone is bringing back the joy of community film screenings. Artspace is hosting a Community Monday Movie Night at the lofts, in the lower gallery lobby. The film initiative just got underway. Just like the West Side Cinema days, the weekly film series showcases some great old flicks (classic, foreign, silent, documentaries, etc.), along with selling hotdogs and sausages, fresh popcorn, veggie cone (??), soda, water, candy bars, and beer. There’s even air conditioning.
According to organizer Selina Holman, Artspace has already shown Gaslight, Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte, Straight Jacket, and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane. She told me that the movies start at 8pm, and they are super cheap at $3 for admission.
This is a great year round film initiative – a place to go in the winter when things are a bit slower around town, and a place to escape the heat in the summer. A community oriented climate controlled theater is definitely warranted at Artspace.
Artspace Community Monday Movie Night | 1219 Main Street near Coe/Northampton – use the Northampton entrance | There is parking along Main and on Northampton. Stay tuned to this Facebook page to check out the upcoming flick of the week.