A special message from Gabriel Chicoine, AFS Marketing Associate and founder of the national Art House Theater Day
Record stores, comic book shops and bookstores all get their own special day when their patrons come together to celebrate their obsession of choice. So why not independent movie theaters? That was the thought behind Art House Theater Day, sponsored by an international consortium of “mission-driven, independent cinemas” called Art House Convergence, which has been an important forum for art house exhibitors since its formation in 2006.
“Art House Theater Day 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 short, it’s a day to acknowledge just how vibrant, scrappy, diverse and dedicated the art house film community is, from indie filmmakers and distributors to programmers and audience members.
Over 195 theaters will celebrate the inaugural Art House Theater Day by showing special films, holding giveaways, and generally partying hard. For AFS, Art House Theater Day has special significance, because as you know, this year is the first one that we have our own theater to call home. This fall we’ll be settling in even more and making some changes to create a space we’re super proud of (more on that very soon).
Celebrate Art House Theater this Saturday by joining AFS for the theatrical premiere of a new 2K Janus restoration of Terry Gilliam’s TIME BANDITS, and the one-day-only theatrical release of two all-new A TOWN CALLED PANIC animated specials: BACK TO SCHOOL PANIC & A CHRISTMAS PANIC. The first 100 audience members at TIME BANDITS will receive a limited edition print of the Gilliam-illustrated Time Map from Janus Films. The first 20 who attend A TOWN CALLED PANIC: THE SPECIALS will receive a special ATCP pencil case and buttons from GKids. We’ll see you on Art House Theater Day!