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Art House Theater Day

Art House Theater Day, September 24th, celebrates the art house theater and the cultural role it plays in a community. It is a day to recognize the year-round contributions of film and filmmakers, patrons, projectionists, and staff, and the brick and mortar theaters that are passionately dedicated to providing access to the best cinematic experience.

In an age where media has become more digital than tangible, more solitary than social, art house theaters remain the physical spaces where film lovers congregate and connect with intrepid, creative filmmaking. They are the beating heart for new and exciting cinema that is shaping the future of the medium.

“Art House Theater Day is a chance to show film-lovers that their local theaters are part of a larger cultural movement. These cinemas are not passive, insular venues; they are passion-driven institutions that collaborate with distributors, filmmakers, and each other to deepen film appreciation and to increase the diversity and artistic integrity of what you see on the big screen,” said Art House Theater Day co-founder Gabriel Chicoine.



Revolting Rhymes

Sun., September 24, 2017

Directed by Jan Lachauer. 2016. G. 58 minutes. GKids. Digital.

Two half-hour animated films based on the much-loved rhymes written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. Special screening for Art House Theatre Day courtesy of GKids . . .

Dr. Strangelove

Sun., September 24, 2017

Directed by Stanley Kubrick. UK. 1964. PG. 95 minutes. Sony. Digital.

Referred to variously as a “classic nightmare comedy,” a “ferocious cold war satire,” and “the funniest movie ever made about thermonuclear holocaust,” Stanley Kubrick’s masterful Dr. Strangelove seems to grow increasingly relevant with each passing day. The story has a certifiably insane General (General Jack D. Ripper) who, believing that the Communists are sabotaging his “vital bodily fluids,” deliberately sends a bomber squadron off to attack the USSR. Hearing . . .

Colonial Q&A

Sun., September 24, 2017

Come meet the Colonial staff, ask questions and share your opinions and ideas about all things Colonial! 3:45 – 4:45PM in the Colonial’s historic auditorium . . .

Martha & Niki

Sun., September 24, 2017

Directed by Tora Mårtens. Sweden. 2016. Ages 14+. 1 hour 30 minutes. African Film Festival. Digital.

In 2010 two African-Swedish young women, Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos, took part in the world’s biggest international Street Dance Competition, Juste Debout in Paris. It was the first time two women became World Champions in Hip Hop. This energetic, and at times affectingly quiet, documentary reveals Martha & Niki’s friendship and love of dance. The dancing is exhilarating – you won’t be able to stop smiling . . .

Colonial Member Lounge

Sun., September 24, 2017

Longtime and new members can mingle, enjoy celebratory food and drink, and other cinema-centered frivolity when they present their cards or RSVP to Emily. 6:15 – 7:30PM in the Garden Suite in the new wing of the Colonial . . .


Sun., September 24, 2017

Directed by John Carroll Lynch. US. 2017. NR. 1 hour 28 minutes. Magnolia Pictures. Digital.

Lucky follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky (Harry Dean Stanton) finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment.
Special advance screening for Art House Theatre . . .