We’ve had days to celebrate record stores and comic books and seemingly every type of food imaginable. Now it’s time to go sit in the dark, grab a bag of popcorn and celebrate our local art cinemas with some very cool movies.
The inaugural Art House Theater Day will be celebrated at nearly 200 theaters nationwide on Sept. 24. Locally, the North Park Theatre will host screenings of two cult classics while the Screening Room Cinema Café’s programming focuses on music, including a documentary about a producer who has worked with Ani DiFranco.
“Art House Theater Day celebrates the legacy of independent theaters as advocates for cinema arts," reads an official statement on the event. "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.”
Here’s a look at local events on Sept. 24.
The North Park (1428 Hertel Ave.)
11:30 a.m. “Time Bandits.” This family movie is a restored print of Terry Gilliam’s 1981 cult classic. The North Park's showing of the film will be in honor of the late Kenny Baker, who starred in "Time Bandits," as well as played R2-D2 in "Star Wars." Free limited edition star map replicas from the film will be given away while supplies last. Admission is $7. The movie also will be shown at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 25.
9:30 p.m. “Phantasm: Remastered.” The Tall Man returns in this new 4K restoration of the 1979 horror film “Phantasm” that was overseen by the film's original director Don Coscarelli and J.J. Abrams (who lists the film among his favorites) and his staff at Bad Robot. The screening includes a sneak peek of the fifth film, “Phantasm: Ravager” and a live broadcast Q&A with the cast and crew. Admission is $9.50
The North Park also will have exclusive pins and T-shirts for the event from MONDO Collectibles.
Screening Room Cinema Cafe (3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst).
7 p.m. “Danny Says.” This is an advance preview of a documentary about Danny Fields, a man who played a pivotal role in music in his work with such influential acts as the Doors, Lou Reed, Judy Collins, Andy Warhol, the Stooges and the Ramones. It’s the second film from young director Brendan Toller.
9 p.m. “The Shopkeeper.” A documentary from musician Rain Perry, "The Shopkeeper" will be of special interest to local music fans. The film looks at the evolution of the music business over the past 50 years by focusing on musician/producer Mark Hallman and his Congress House in Austin, Texas. Among the artists Hallman has recorded is Ani DiFranco, who is interviewed for the doc.
Admission is $8 for one movie or $12 for both.